The UMBC men’s basketball team will get a chance to take down another big-time opponent on a grand stage to begin the 2018-19 season.
Marquette University will play host to the Retrievers on Nov. 6 in the Golden Eagles’ first game at the new downtown Milwaukee arena, the Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center, according to a story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Marquette was 21-14 last season and lost in the NIT quarterfinals to Penn State, 85-80. The Golden Eagles are coached by Steve Wojciechowski, who grew up in Severna Park and played at Cardinal Gibbons.
Wojciechowski, 41, went on to play and coach at Duke University. He is 73-59 in four seasons at Marquette with one trip to the NCAA Tournament.
UMBC upset Virginia 74-54 on March 16, becoming the first No. 16 seed to beat a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Coach Ryan Odom returns after agreeing to new contract details, but the Retrievers, who went 25-11 last season, lose guards Jairus Lyles, K.J. Maura and Jourdan Grant.
Forward Joe Sherburne, who will be a senior next season, is from Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, about eight miles outside of Milwaukee.