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Isaiah Canaan looks to be a matchup nightmare from behind the three point line
This is easily my favorite matchup of this round and it features my favorite team of the tournament, the Murray State Racers.
The Marquette Golden Eagles were some people's champion pick before their embarrassing loss in the Big East tournament. And Murray State boasts the best record of any team in the NCAA, only having one blemish to Tennessee State.
The consensus "Butler" of this year, Murray State looks to make a miracle run behind their 3-point shooting, ranked fifth in the nation at 40.6%. Their excellent shooting is led by star point guard, Isaiah Canaan, who is shooting an astonishing 47.3% from behind the arc.
But, Marquette has their own superstars in forward Jae Crowder and guard Darius Johnson-Odom, who are especially hard to keep under wraps. Overall, the Eagles rank in the top 25 in offensive and defensive efficiency.
They aren't very good at rebounding and three-point shooting, and they've often had to crawl out of sizable early holes, but this is a dangerous, unflappable club with the potential to make a deep run.
This game looks to be a shootout until the end, with it most likely coming down to a final shot or play to decide the outcome. Whichever team wins, though, will be a tough team to knockout in the West and, maybe, in the Final Four.