So by now we all know what happened Saturday afternoon. YOUR Marquette Golden Eagles, of course, helped the Pitt Panthers' stunning death spiral continue with a 62-57 win at the Bradley Center. The win improves Marquette to 3-2 in the Big East and puts them squarely in the mosh pit that is the middle of the conference standings.
I won't take your time with a blow by blow recap. Suffice it to say, there was a lot to like (coming from behind, ramped up 2nd half defense, solid games out of both Jae Crowder and Darius Johnson-Odom, etc.) and there was plenty to dislike (Another slow start, 9 first half turnovers, allowing Ashton Gibbs to shoot the lights out, etc.). In the end it was an ugly MU win, which I will take over a beautifully played loss EVERY TIME.
So if you're interested in one quick glance back at the win, before looking ahead to Louisville, then jump with me.
We can't have a game without awards:
Player of the Game: Darius Johnson-Odom led all Golden Eagles with 18 points, on 7-16 shooting. He was instrumental in the pressure defense that tipped the game in Marquette's favor. But it was his back to back 3-pointers that extended the lead to 60-51, with 2 minutes remaining, and put the game out of reach that earn DJO the POTG nod this weekend.
Joe Fulce Undersung Eagle of the Game: Certainly Todd Mayo's 9 points and 7 boards(!) off the bench are good enough to earn him consideration for this honor. But all the other talk surrounding what he may or may not have actually done, means he's getting to much attention to be "undersung". So, I'm giving the award to Jamil Wilson. Wilson did a little bit of everything. He scored 5 of his 7 points, and notched both of his blocked shots, in the first half, while helping to keep Marquette afloat. He also grabbed 4 rebounds, all on the offensive end.
Davante "Big Smooth" Gardner Smooth Play of the Game: Junior Cadougan's steal, and pass ahead to Mayo for the layup and 1, brought down the house on Saturday. The BC was louder than it has been all season after that play, and you knew that Marquette had taken control of the game. They don't get much smoother than that.