8:03 PM ET, March 23, 2013
Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky
NCAA Mens Tournament
LEXINGTON, KY - MARCH 23: Andrew Smith #44 of the Butler Bulldogs reacts after a play against the Marquette Golden...(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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MVP: What a classic. Vander Blue led Marquette to its third consecutive Sweet 16 appearance with 29 points and four steals.
X factor: After a bizarre sequence in the final minute -- one that included a layup in the last five seconds and a Marquette turnover on the ensuing inbounds -- Andrew Smith had a look at the buzzer. But Jamil Wilson stood his ground and contested the shot. Huge play for the Golden Eagles.
That was classic: We needed that one. There were multiple lopsided games throughout the day but Butler and Marquette gave us another classic matchup.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||24-56 (.429)||23-54 (.426)|
|3P Made-Attempted||11-24 (.458)||5-12 (.417)|
|FT Made-Attempted||13-19 (.684)||23-27 (.852)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||20 (0/0)||17 (0/0)|
|» Mar 23, 2013||@MARQ 74, BUT 72||Recap|
Big East Conference Standings
|TEAM||CONF W-L||TOTAL W-L|
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Rotnei Clarke scored 24 points Saturday but missed a potential game-winning 3-point field goal with five seconds remaining. Over the last two Men's Basketball Championships, players are now 1-for-19 (5.3 percent) on potential game-tying or go-ahead shots in the final 10 seconds of games. The only make in such situations was by Vander Blue in Marquette's second round win over Davidson.
Marquette has won its two games in the 2013 Men's Basketball Championship by a combined 3 points and has excelled in the final five minutes of both games. The Golden Eagles have outscored their opponents by 10 points in the final five minutes of their first two tournament games, with Vander Blue and Jamil Wilson combining for 17 of Marquette's 29 points during that time period.[+]
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