Marquette helps its tournament case with win over LouisvilleWisconsin Sports
-- The Marquette men’s basketball team might have punched its ticket to the NCAA Tournament by crushing Louisville at home last night, 69-48.
The Marquette men’s basketball team might have punched its ticket to the NCAA Tournament by crushing Louisville at home last night, 69-48.
The Golden Eagles sealed it with an 18-0 run that covered eight-and-a-half minutes and ended with 13 minutes left. Darius Johnson-Odom scored 22 points as Marquette got its 20th overall win of the season against nine losses.
The Eagles’ Maurice Acker believes his team has done enough to break its bubble and make the Big Dance. Marquette coach Buzz Williams said he was spent after his team won its fourth game in nine days – and the ninth in its last 10.
Edgar Sosa led Louisville with nine points. Samardo Samuels, the Cardinals’ leading scorer, was held to four – about 12 off his average. Louisville coach Rick Pitino said Marquette now has a lock on an NCAA bid – and his own team has some work to do.
Louisville falls to 10-7 in the Big East, and 19-11 overall. Marquette improved to 11-6 in the conference, and will host Notre Dame on Saturday.