Friday night was host to two more upsets. Marquette beat six-seeded Xavier, while VCU took down Georgetown.
First, we'll start with the Marquette game. Marquette won 66-55 against an Xavier team that many said "had an easy first round game." (Well, that didn't go as planned now did it.)
Coming into today's game, Marquette knew what they had to do—shut down Tu Holloway. They did just that. Tu Holloway had a terrible night, going 1-8 and only scoring five points. Marquette was led by Darius-Johnson Odom who finished with 19 points. Marquette shot 5-12 for threes, while Xavier went 2-13 from beyond the three-point line. Andrew Taylor seemed to be the only Musketeer on, going for 16 points while 7-8 from the field.
Now let's talk VCU vs. Georgetown. VCU cruised to a 74-56 win over Georgetown, led by senior guard Brandon Rozzell who went for 26 points. Rozzell shot 8-13 from the field and 6-10 from beyond the three point line.Adding to the scoring mixture, Joey Rodriguez, another senior, went for 17 points and dished out seven assists.
Georgetown's star, just like Xavier's star, had a terrible night. Austin Freeman went 3-14 from the field and 0-8 for three-pointers. Sophomore Hollis Thompson, who only averages eight points per game, stepped up and scored 24 points and made 4-5 three-pointers. Georgetown's starters combined for a total of 19 points.
When the brackets were released, VCU was considered a "joke" because of their record, conference, etc. But they proved us wrong and are looking to take down Purdue in the next round.
Marquette made a great run in the Big East Tournament to assure their spot in the NCAA Tournament. As I previously mentioned, "experts" said Xavier had an easy first round. Now Marquette looks to take down Syracuse and advance to the Sweet 16.