Thursday, March 20, 2008
Marquette Fights off Kentucky in 1st Round
Marquette battled all game to beat the Kentucky Wildcats 74-66, in the first round match up in the NCAA Tournament.
Marquette had 4 players in double digits with Jerel McNeal leading the way with 20 points followed by Haywood (16), Dominic James (15), and Matthews (13). On the other side, Kentucky had an amazing effort put in by Joe Crawford who dominated the Golden Eagles all game putting up a game high 35 points.
Marquette shot 44% from the field and 38% from 3-point land. They also where 23-29 from the charity stripe for just shy of 80%. As a team free throws have been a weak point for Marquette all year long, so it's good to see them put up respectable numbers when they needed to. Matthews hit eight free throws in the final 31 seconds.
Marquette will take on the winner of #3 Standford (26-7) vs. #14 Cornell (22-5), which might be the smartest matchup in the history of the NCAA. Both teams comes from elite academic schools with Stanford out of the PAC-10 and Cornell out of the IVY League.
The Badgers will tip off at 8:40 pm central time against Cal State Fullerton for their first round matchup.
Photo Credit: AP Photo-Kevork Djansezian