9:26 PM ET, March 10, 2011
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
NEW YORK -- Rick Pitino was worried about how his Louisville team would react to the dreaded double-bye in the Big East tournament. Turned out he could have saved all that concern.The third-seeded and 14th-ranked Cardinals used an impressive 3-point effort and some solid defense to beat 11th-seeded Marquette 81-56 on Thursday night in the quarterfinals.
• Mike Marra scored a career-high 22 points off the bench to lead Louisville, which improved to 5-4 all-time in the Big East tournament.
• The Cardinals have won five of their past six games and advanced to play Notre Dame in the semifinals on Friday.
• Louisville held Marquette to 29.8 percent shooting, the fourth time this season they have held an opponent under 30 percent.
• The 56 points and 29.8 percent shooting are both season-lows for a Marquette team that came into the game averaging 76.7 points, the best in the Big East.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Big East Tournament
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||17-57 (.298)||30-64 (.469)|
|3P Made-Attempted||3-15 (.200)||13-31 (.419)|
|FT Made-Attempted||19-30 (.633)||8-12 (.667)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||17 (0/0)||21 (0/0)|
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Big East Conference Standings
|TEAM||CONF W-L||TOTAL W-L|
|#4 Notre Dame||14-4||26-6|
|#18 St. John's||12-6||21-11|
|View expanded standings »|
Marquette upset West Virginia Wednesday night largely because of its success on possessions with paint touches. The Golden Eagles scored 70.1 percent of their points on possessions where they got the ball into the paint, but were not nearly as successful Thursday against Louisville.[+]
Possessions with Paint Touches - Last 2 Games
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