Marquette Puts It on Miami to Move to the Elite Eight

Rollin YeattsFeatured ColumnistMarch 28, 2013

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This was not the close contest many of us were expecting. As intense as No. 2 Miami has been throughout the season, it couldn't come close to matching the intensity of the No. 3 Marquette Golden Eagles.

Marquette went on to win 71-61, but the game wasn't as close as the score.

The game started slowly with some poor shooting by both teams. The score was just 4-4 five minutes into the game. From there, Marquette owned the game the rest of the way.

Buzz Williams' defense was extremely active and nearly flawless with its rotations. The few times it gave Miami open shots, the Hurricanes were unable sink them.

Miami shot just 35.5 percent from the floor.

Marquette, on the other hand, buried 54 percent of its shots. The Golden Eagles simply dominated the paint. They didn't need many threes the way they were playing, but still managed to go 3-of-6 behind the arc.

All three of those treys came from Jamil Wilson, who finished with 16 points. He also had eight rebounds, two assists and three blocks.

Vander Blue, Chris Otule and Davante Gardner also finished in double figures tonight. Gardner killed Miami in the second half, scoring 12 of his 14 points in that period.

For Miami, Shane Larkin, Kenny Kadji and Durand Scott all finished with double figures in scoring, but none of them really got a hot hand. The trio was just 12-of-33 from the floor.

Threes were the hardest to come by for the Hurricanes. They were just 8-of-27 on the night, and four of those were in the last two minutes.

Miami was 4-of-5 during those two minutes, but the game was already over by then.

It was a great game from Marquette, and a nightmare of one from Miami.

It's not often Miami gets outplayed. It's not often Jim Larranaga gets outcoached. Both happened tonight.

The Golden Eagles will make their first Elite Eight appearance under Buzz Williams.