3:10 PM ET, March 21, 2013
Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Vander Blue had no doubt where he was going with the ball. The Marquette guard's only concern was whether he'd have room to make it happen.Blue needed just four seconds to make his own path. Taking Jamil Wilson's inbounds pass at midcourt with 5.5 seconds remaining, he drove left past Jake Cohen for a layup that completed a rally from nine points down and gave the third-seeded Golden Eagles an improbable 59-58 victory over No. 14 Davidson in Thursday's second-round NCAA tournament game.
Mike and Mike in the Morning
Marquette coach Buzz Williams gives his take on the Golden Eagles' late comeback against Davidson, his team's style of play, the keys to facing Butler and more.
NCAA Mens Tournament
LEXINGTON, KY - MARCH 21: Jamil Wilson #0 of the Marquette Golden Eagles shoots against Chris Czerapowicz #35 of...(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Around Champ Week
MVP: Vander Blue. Marquette's unheralded star scored the winning bucket with one second left in the game to beat Davidson. He finished with 16 points but those two will be remembered for quite some time. Blue hit that exact same shot to beat St. John's in Madison Square Garden on the final day of the regular season in New York.
X factor: Jamil Wilson nailed 3s and was a tough matchup for Davidson throughout the game. Wilson's key buckets continued to fluster the Wildcats and helped Marquette climb back to be in position to beat Davidson.
That was ... not a 14 seed: Davidson was not seeded correctly. Buzz Williams said as much on our Katz Korner special last Monday. He was right. The Wildcats were going to be a nightmare for any team and certainly for the Golden Eagles. Jake Cohen had a special season and career for Davidson. His passes were as magnificent at times as his clutch shooting performance.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||19-46 (.413)||20-58 (.345)|
|3P Made-Attempted||6-17 (.353)||4-15 (.267)|
|FT Made-Attempted||14-22 (.636)||15-19 (.789)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||17 (0/0)||20 (0/0)|
|» Mar 21, 2013||@MARQ 59, DAV 58||Recap|
Vander Blue's go-ahead layup with one second remaining Thursday against Davidson was the first game-tying or go-ahead shot made in the final 10 seconds of a game in the last two Men's Basketball Championships. Prior to Blue's shot, players were 0 for their last 22 in those situations (including Matthew Dellavedova's missed 3-pt FG Thursday), dating back to the 2011 Men's Basketball Championship.
Marquette outscored Davidson 13-5 over the final 93 seconds to win its Round of 64 game. The Golden Eagles made their final three three-pointers after going only 1-for-12 to start the game.[+]
Davidson vs Marquette - Last 1:33 of Game
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