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The What In Tarnation: Connecticut 80, Marquette 62

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I didn’t watch a single second of it.

Connecticut v Xavier
RJ Cole had a big day for the Huskies.
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So, because of timing issues, I had to listen to the first half of Saturday’s Marquette men’s basketball game against Connecticut on the radio while driving home. The plan was to watch the second half.

The plan was scuttled.

See, Marquette’s #24 ranked volleyball team (the best team on campus for several years running now) was playing Iowa State with the first serve coming 30 minutes after the basketball game tipped off. That was very interesting to watch, and, well, the men’s basketball team was losing 38-21 to UConn at the half. The Huskies ended the opening 20 minutes on a 13-4 run.

So I didn’t turn on the second half, and instead streamed the game that was actually fun to watch.

I did not pay for this decision, as Marquette never got closer than 11 points — a dunk by Justin Lewis with 10:16 to play — in the second half on their way to a 80-62 defeat at Gampel Pavilion. The Golden Eagles are now 11-13 on the season, 6-11 in the Big East, and have blown their final opportunity to win three straight games during the 2020-21 regular season.

You would like to have seen Marquette put forth a better effort after absolutely dismantling North Carolina on Wednesday night, but they did not. Many questions to be asked about that, I think.

Marquette has now lost more than 10 Big East games in a season for the first time since Steve Wojciechowski’s first season in charge.

I don’t have any particular insight for you since I didn’t watch the game, and I don’t even feel slightly bad about it.

By the way, the volleyball team swept Iowa State in three sets.

If y’all want to chat about it, that’s what the comments section is for. Have at it if you want.

Up Next: LOL, Marquette has to go to DePaul on Tuesday night. The Blue Demons are 1-7 since beating the Golden Eagles in Milwaukee back on January 23rd, and this is the final scheduled regular season game of the year for them. Tipoff on FS1 is set for 8pm Central.