Only thing hotter than these women last night was Marquette's shooting. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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- Was MU's defense better last night or was Notre Dame just cold? Notre Dame had plenty of wide open 3's, they just didn't make them. I'm guessing it is somewhere in the middle. It's really not as bad as it was at Pitt, nor is it as good as it was last night against the Domers. This team didn't just go from 'worst ever' defense to 'great' in 2 days. Sometimes you're the windshield...sometimes you're the bug.
- Early in the first half, Dwight Buycks was called for a carry and then there was a media time out. As Dwight came to the huddle, Buzz unleashed hell on Buycks -- I mean hell. I'm not sure he even talked to the team, he absolutely unloaded on him. It would have made Bo Pelini blush. Obviously it worked because Buycks played a hell of a game.
- A big round of applause for DJO's defense. He flat out pwned Hansbrough.
Mike Brey has coached his share of sharpshooters in his 11 years at the helm of Notre Dame. So after watching Marquette snipe his No. 9-ranked team to the tune of 12 for 17 from three-point range in a surprisingly easy win at the Bradley Center, he was more than willing to tip his cap. "I wouldn't have wanted to play HORSE against them today," he deadpanned. "I'm glad a night like this counts as one loss."
Todd was singing Rubie's tune about Dwight Buycks in his blog post after the win:
After setting career highs with 19 points and 3 three-pointers in the loss at Pittsburgh on Saturday, the senior guard came back with 21 points and 5-for-5 shooting from three-point range in the Golden Eagles' 79-57 walloping of No. 9 Notre Dame on Monday. Buycks also had four rebounds and a steal in 34 minutes of action. He did turn the ball over four times, but considering he hit 7 of 9 shots, all five of his threes and both his free throws, that probably can be forgiven.
Last but not least: here are Rosiak's photos from the game.
Ballin' is a Habit says this is a resume builder for MU:
For Marquette, this win is huge. It gets them some meat on their resume. Prior to Monday, their best win had come against West Virginia and they had lost five games -- all by eight points or less -- to the NCAA Tournament teams they had faced.
The issue gets a little murkier for Notre Dame. The Irish have now played three road games -- at Marquette and Syracuse and against Kentucky in Freedom Hall -- and lost all three by an averaged of 16 points. That's not a good sign.
The South Bend Tribune recap says the game was 'hard to watch':
Someone forgot to pack the tenacity and the toughness that was supposed to be such a staple of a veteran Notre Dame men's basketball team that hours earlier had climbed into a Top 10 national ranking.
Out-played in almost every phase away from home, the ninth-ranked Irish were left with only a long and quiet ride back to Indiana.
The Chicago Tribune recap noted MU's stout defense ...
But there is no understating how flummoxed Notre Dame looked offensively, too, with Hansbrough and Tim Abromaitis hassled all over and managing just 17 shots between them. Freshman Eric Atkins was left to lead the way with a career-high 15 points.
Actually, despite the struggles, the Irish were within five at halftime. But there was no sense of real momentum. Then Marquette hit 10 of its first 13 shots after halftime to confirm that.
And so did Cracked Sidewalks:
All of that offense is fine but the real difference last night was defense. MU played with an edge defensively and it showed. MU held the sweet-shooting Irish to a paltry eFG% of 42%. Notre Dame came in with a national top 15 offense, averaging over 1.15 points per possession (ppp), and the Warriors held them to 0.90 ppp, the Irish's third worst offensive performance of the season. This was easily MU's finest defensive performance against a quality opponent this year.
Color CBS College Sports impressed:
Jimmy Butler, Jae Crowder, Darius Johnson-Odom: guys who you may not know but collectively make Marquette one of the fun teams to watch in all the sport. Perhaps it's because they keep you guessing. Rare is the MU game that's not enthralling in some sort of way. Which is why last night's laugher was all the more surprising, yet welcome, in the state of Wisconsin.
MU's post game video, etc.
The ESPN condensed highlights and additional postgame video.
New Jersey Newsroom talking JFB and Buzz.
'Buzz speak' from the Pitt postgame.
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