On the strength of a stifling defense, Herculean efforts from Vander Blue (14 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals) and Jamil Wilson (16 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 blocks), and a masterful coaching job by Coach Buzz Williams, YOUR Marquette Golden Eagles punched their ticket to the Elite 8 for the first time in 10 years with a pick-your-adjective-meaning-dominating 71-61 win over the Miami Hurricanes in Washington, D.C.
Marquette ripped open a quick 12-4 lead and never looked back, leading by 13 at the half and -- if my math is right -- never letting the lead get into single-digits in the last 20 minutes of the game. After a pair of squeakers to open the NCAA Tournament, Marquette rewarded its Pepto-chugging fans with its best performance of the year, as the outcome was never really in doubt after the first four minutes of the game.
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We'll find out who Marquette's Elite 8 opponent is in the next couple hours (and if there's a God in this world -- and judging by the events of the last couple weeks, there is, and he's a big fan of Jesuits -- it'll be Smarmy Tom Crean and his Indiana Hoosiers), but until then, find the bottom of your glasses and enjoy Marquette's most successful season in a decade.