The University of Notre Dame and Marquette University men’s basketball teams have announced a home-and-home series that will begin in Milwaukee in the 2022-23 season. The Golden Eagles will follow with a trip to Notre Dame in 2023-24. The dates and game times for the matchups are yet to be determined.
The Marquette series is the most prolific in Notre Dame history, as the two teams have met 118 times with the Irish leading the all-time series 81-37. The series began at the Notre Dame Fieldhouse in 1920, then became an annual home-and-home matchup every season from 1927 through 1959.
The series went on hiatus from 1959 through 1970, but it returned at a time when both the Golden Eagles and Irish were among the college basketball elite. From 1970 through 1981, the series featured five games with both teams ranked in the nation’s top 15 while each of the 12 matchups during that run featured at least one of the teams ranked in the top 12. Every contest during that string of games is memorable for both fanbases, but the 1978 Notre Dame win over top-ranked Marquette in Purcell Pavilion remains one of the most iconic Irish victories of their Final Four season.
The series continued through the 1980s and 1990s with a short break after the 1997 season before Notre Dame and Marquette became conference opponents in the BIG EAST from 1995-2013.
Notre Dame’s trip to Fiserv Forum in 2022-23 will mark a resumption of the series – as the last meeting came in the 2013 BIG EAST Championship in Madison Square Garden (a 73-56 Notre Dame victory).
The Marquette series follows a recent pattern of the Irish attempting to renew some of their traditional series that were lost through conference realignment. In just a couple of weeks, Notre Dame will cap a home-and-home series with UCLA. The 2020-21 and 2021-22 season will feature a home-and-home with Georgetown University.