This Day In Sports History (March 28th) — Marquette

marquette 1977 ncaa national champions

It was on this day in 1977 that the Marquette Golden Eagles won the NCAA Men’s Division I Tournament.  They would defeat Dean Smith’s North Carolina Tar Heels by a score of 67-59 in the finals, which was held in Atlanta, Georgia.

The win gave the Golden Eagles their first ever men’s basketball title, and till this day it remains their only championship.  At the time, the tournament consisted of only 32 teams.  Marquette began the tournament in the Midwest Region and beat out Cincinnati, Kansas State and Wake Forest on their way to the Final Four.  They would then beat Charlotte in their semi-final match-up to earn a date with UNC in the finals.  Their point guard, Butch Lee, was named the tournament’s MVP.

Here is a look at Marquette’s game-winning basket during their semi-final win over Charlotte.

Notable Birthdays

Byron Scott, NBA – Born March 28, 1961 (age 53) in Ogden, Utah.

Keith Tkachuk, NHL – Born March 28, 1972 (age 42) in Melrose, Massachusetts.

Luke Walton, NBA – Born March 28, 1980 (age 34) in San Diego, California.

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