Marquette didn't shoot the lights out on Sunday night, but they did make two huge threes late in the 66-62 win over the Syracuse. Down by three with around 2:30 left in the game, Jae Crowder hit a huge three to tie the game at 59. Marquette then played tough in your face defense for the rest of the game, and forced a huge turnover with 52 seconds to go. With that much time left you have two choices. One, you could take an early shot so you can get the last possession, or two you could wait and take a good shot and hope you make it to put pressure on the other team. Marquette did the second, and boy was that a great idea, as Darius Johnson-Odom sank a three with 25 seconds to go.
If you want to talk about clutch shots in the NCAA Tourney this has to be one of them so far this year. You have seen a lot of close games, but most of those game winning shots have been lay ups. But DJO had a game winner from deep (Mike Bruesewitz did the same thing for the Badgers Saturday, but that was with 1:30 left in the game). The less time on the clock, the bigger the shot becomes, and that kind of pressure can really get to certain players. Look at Jacob Pullen Saturday night. If he takes three free throws with more time left in the game he might make them every time, but when he knows the game is in his hands,well at that time it gets a little harder.
Marquette is the type of team that they must play almost perfect as a team to stay in games, and so far they have. They are also starting to make a name for themselves as a team that could go deep in this thing. Next up is for Marquette is UNC, and if you don't know by now I'll be glad to tell you again that I am a huge UNC fan. I love both teams, and this isn't the first time that happened. In 2005 UNC and Wisconsin faced off to go to the Final Four, and I watched the game alone. What will happen Friday when they face off at 6:15? I still don't know who I want to win, but either way I have a team I enjoy watching in the Elite Eight. Nothing wrong with that.Speaking of game times, it was announced that the Badgers will square off with Butler at 8:57 central time. After watching both the Wisconsin and Marquette games this weekend I say to myself, how can it get any better than these games? Well I hope at the end of this week it is just as good. To me, this is by far the best NCAA tournament of all time, as far as good games all around goes. Also if you are still in your NCAA pool I would like to give you the "Wow, go get a Powerball right now" award, because your luck has to be at an all time high.