As I open up this document in the Anonymous Eagle editing system, Georgetown leads Marquette by a score of 45-29 with just under 10 minutes left in the first game of the 2021 Big East men’s basketball conference tournament. This is the recap of this game, and yes, I have started before it ends.
I don’t see any point in wasting any time here, particularly as I sit in a dentist’s office waiting for one of my children to wrap up their appointment. Georgetown started the game off on a 21-8 run, and for the most part, from what I can tell from checking in on Twitter and the live stats for the part that I missed while I was driving the kid from school to the dentist, nothing much changed since then. An and-1 by Chudier Bile with 5:05 left in the first half made it 24-14, pushing the Hoyas’ lead back into double digits after it had drifted underneath the 10 point barrier for a moment. The closest the game got after that was when a layup by Jamal Cain made it 36-25 with 15:19 left in the second half, but the Hoyas immediately answered with seven straight of their own.
It’s 52-36 now.
Marquette is shooting 31% from the field in this game, including a very bad 20% from behind the three-point line. D.J. Carton, a noted not good three-point shooter all told on the year, is 1-for-5. Koby McEwen, who shot a not okay with anyone 31% from behind the line in MU’s Big East regular season games, is 0-for-5.
Dawson Garcia, Marquette’s leading scorer coming into this game, has attempted four shots. Total. At least we can say he has only played 14 minutes to this point (there’s 7:19 to go) because he already has four fouls.
And so, the season comes to an end in a manner that no one wanted: A hilariously awful loss to a Georgetown team that coughed up an 18 point margin to the Golden Eagles in Washington, D.C., back in January. Marquette was favored, just slightly, to win this game both by the KenPom computers and in Vegas. Didn’t matter, as the Hoyas are mopping the floor with Marquette.
By the way: It’s not like Georgetown’s playing great. 39% from the field, 20% from behind the arc. Jahvon Blair is having a nice game, with 18 points on 8-for-13 shooting. Qudus Wahab is also playing well, getting 15 points and seven rebounds.
It’s 56-38. I have nothing else to say here, other than I now have to wait for five more minutes of game action to end before I can tell you the final score and hit publish. The Marquette season will be over when this game ends. Marquette needed to win the Big East tournament to get into the NCAA tournament, and while we thought maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaybe there was a crazy path breaking well for Marquette to get to the title game, that path required the Golden Eagles to win this game to get a crack at a theoretically drastically hobbled Villanova team. And that’s not happening. There’s no chance this team gets invited to the 16 team NIT, and even if they do, it would be totally insane to accept that invitation because there is no reason for that event to happen.
It’s final: Georgetown 68, Marquette 49.