It has been three years since the Marquette men’s basketball team played a game inside the Al McGuire Center and it's been six years since Marquette has taken on UWM, but all of that will change on Sunday when the Golden Eagles meets the Panthers in a charity exhibition game, with all proceeds going to the American Red Cross to aid with Hurricane Maria relief.
"It’s a tremendous opportunity for our programs to become involved with the relief efforts currently underway across the country and it’s my hope we can fill the Al to capacity," Marquette head coach Steve Wojciechowski said. "Many of us have a personal connection to someone directly impacted by the recent hurricanes and being able to partner with the American Red Cross allows us to help people like Marquette legend Butch Lee, who lives in his native Puerto Rico."
By rule, the NCAA only allows Division I programs to play exhibition games against non-Division I teams, but a waiver was requested and granted to the two local universities because the proceeds from the game will go to charity.
"Coach Wojciechowski called me and presented an opportunity for our programs to play an exhibition game for hurricane relief efforts and those in need," Milwaukee head coach Pat Baldwin said. "I truly believe it is a great opportunity for Milwaukee and Marquette to play for a great cause. I know our great city of Milwaukee will come together and support all the efforts to help those ravaged by flooding throughout the many regions of our country and give a big assist in putting their lives back together."
The game begins at 4 p.m. and tickets are $20 for lower-level, $10 for upper level general admission and $5 for students.
For more information, go to gomarquette.com.