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The Golden Eagles have been spared twice so far this NCAA tournament, coming back from two separate late-game deficits to earn a trip to the Sweet 16.
But if they want to beat Miami, they’ll need to stop beating themselves.
Buzz Williams’ squad turns the ball over on 20.9 percent of possessions, according to KenPom.com, and against Butler, they escaped despite 15 turnovers. Vander Blue, the Eagles’ hero in both games, has turned it over six times in the two wins, while point guard Junior Cadougan had three miscues against the Bulldogs.
In Blue’s defense, though, he’s almost made up for his turnovers with five steals.
Hurricanes point guard Shane Larkin is one of the best in the country, and although Miami doesn’t excel at turning teams over, each possession is vital, considering that three of their four games have been decided within the last minute. One extra possession made the difference in Miami’s win over Illinois, and both of Marquette’s games have gone down to the wire.
Marquette is also at a major disadvantage in the post, where neither Chris Otule nor Davante Gardner has the mobility to keep up with Kenny Kadji.