Georgetown-Marquette: Golden Eagles Lose in Big East Semis, Eye Big Dance

Gregory BoulangerContributor IMarch 13, 2010

NEW YORK - MARCH 12:  The Marquette Golden Eagles mascot performs during the semifinal of the 2010 Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 12, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)
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After a signature win against 10th ranked Villanova, Marquette played a poor second half in a loss to the Georgetown Hoyas. The Golden Eagles’ Big East season is over, but they are now primed for a run in the NCAA tournament.

After two hard-fought wins in as many days against St. John’s and 'Nova, MU appeared a little exhausted in the second half on Friday, and they were outscored by 20 points in the final 20 minutes against a bigger Georgetown team.

The Hoyas were able to expose Marquette’s weakness—their lack of a legit big man—as Greg Monroe had a monster game (23 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists, two blocks).

Beating G-Town and reaching the Big East finals would have been huge, obviously, but the win over Nova on Thursday will do wonders for the seeding of MU.

Once considered a bubble team, the Golden Eagles look like they’ll likely be a seven or eight seed in the tournament. That's pretty good considering they were a five seed in their own conference tournament, and were looked at as a 10 or 11 seed in the big dance up until about two weeks ago.

Because of their ability to shoot the ball, MU will be a tough out no matter who they play. As a seven or eight seed, they will likely be matched up with a one or two seed in the second round.

Marquette will obviously be the underdog in this game, but they still have a chance at beating anyone based on their outside shooting, and the experience they've gained because of the tough schedule they’ve had going through the Big East their last 20-plus games. Any team without a dominant big man (à la Greg Monroe) will definitely not be happy to see Marquette next weekend.


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