Instant analysis: No. 3 Marquette 71, No. 2 Miami 61
How it happened: Marquette kicked in the door and never looked back. Miami could not make a basket from deep, from the paint, or just about anywhere in between.
The final score looks a bit closer than the game actually played, as Miami was able to make some 3-pointers to trim a nearly 20-point deficit. But Marquette completely controlled this game in every facet, turning the energized Verizon Center into a bit of a snoozefest.
Marquette played stifling defense throughout the contest, limiting sharp shooting Miami guards Shane Larkin and Durand Scoot to 24 points, but many of those came in garbage time with the game already decided. The Canes shot just 35 percent from the floor and made shot just 8-27 at the 3-point line.
Jamil Wilson shined for Marquette, playing menacing defense to go with 16 points, eight rebounds, three blocks and two assists. Vander Blue also impressed for Marquette, dropping 14 points for the Golden Eagles.
Stats tell the story: In the first half Miami only scored 16 points. Last season, Miami’s football team had more than 16 points at halftime in eight games. It’s never good when the hoops team can’t keep pace with the football team.
What happens next: Marquette gets to sit back and watch Indiana battle Syracuse. You can follow the action here on our live blog.
For Marquette, they will play the winner of IU-Cuse for a place in the Final Four on Saturday night. In February, Marquette beat Syracuse 74-71 at home, the only game between the two Big East foes this season.