Patrick Leary, Matt Trebby and Trey Killian are on hand at Madison Square Garden as No. 3 seed Marquette takes on sixth-seeded Notre Dame in the Big East Conference Tournament quarterfinals. They’ll be live-blogging throughout the game, which starts at approximately 8:30 CT.
10:55 pm - Patrick Leary
Connaughton leads all scorers with 18. Grant scores 17, and Sherman is the X-factor, scoring 16. Wilson leads MU with 16. Junior with 14, Blue with 12.
10:54 pm - Patrick Leary
Final score: Notre Dame 73, Marquette 65. ND advances to faces Louisville tomorrow. Another poor performance with the double-bye by the Golden Eagles.
10:52 pm - Patrick Leary
Atkins shoots an airball. Funny ish.
10:51 pm - Patrick Leary
The free throw game is in full effect. Fans filing to the exits, as MU trails by 9.
10:49 pm - Patrick Leary
Free throw shooting, not only making them but getting there, was the story of the second half. MU 4-for-9, ND 15-for-16.
10:48 pm - Patrick Leary
Wilson at the line with MU down 8. Misses FT. That’s all folks.
10:47 pm - Patrick Leary
Jamil misses, Knight rebounds. Atkins makes the front end. Ball game?
10:46 pm - Patrick Leary
Situation check: 1 TO for each team, both are in the single bonus. possesion arrow MU.
10:45 pm - Patrick Leary
Gardner gives MU life with a bucket and-1 that fouls out Cooley. He misses but Juan rebounds and Buzz calls TO. 65-59 ND with 1:21 to go.
10:42 pm - Patrick Leary
Junior can’t get the ball inbounds. Five count. ND ball up 8. Not looking good for MU.
10:42 pm - Patrick Leary
MU loses PC somehow, and he buries a three. That might have been the dagger. How do you lose the shooter????
10:40 pm - Patrick Leary
Wilson took that six seconds into the possession. Geez.
10:40 pm - Patrick Leary
Wilson another quick shot, this time a three. And it goes in again.
10:39 pm - Patrick Leary
In order to comeback, Marquette needs to relax offensively and work the shot clock for good looks. Defensively, they need to play the same kind of defense they’ve been playing, but have to BOX OUT. Cooley is killing Gardner on the glass right now.
10:37 pm - Patrick Leary
Atkins will shoot one more out of the media timeout.
10:36 pm - Patrick Leary
Jamil takes a contested 16 footer ten seconds into the shot clock. And hits. But Atkins finishes and-1. Life support continues. ND up 61-54 with 2:59 to go.
10:35 pm - Patrick Leary
That could do it for MU. Missed three by Grant, rebounded by Cooley, who kicks out to PC for three to put ND up 59-52. Huge play. Buzz calls time, and needs to rally his troops, who are on life support at this stage.
10:33 pm - Patrick Leary
Third MU foul of the possesion puts Grant on the line for 1-and-1. Blue couldn’t believe it. Grant makes both to put ND up 4.
10:32 pm - Patrick Leary
Cooley/Sherman dominating the offensive glass for ND. MU needs the ball back.
10:31 pm - Patrick Leary
ND going with Sherman over Knight and Auguste at this stage for obvious reasons
10:30 pm - Patrick Leary
Mike Brey takes his second-to-last TO with 4:40 remaining. ND leads 54-52. Brey is some kind of timeout wizard.
10:29 pm - Patrick Leary
A pair of airball threes by Jamil and Junior on that possession. Buzz keeps subbing offense for defense with Oxtule and Mayo/Lockett
10:27 pm - Patrick Leary
Sherman is unstoppable, even though he’s not that good. He has 13. ND leads 52-50.
10:26 pm - Patrick Leary
Ox makes both. Tie game. Otule checks in
10:25 pm - Patrick Leary
Ox will shoot two out of the TO. Cue the automatic chants.
10:24 pm - Patrick Leary
That foul was Cooley’s fourth. That’s huge from a size perspective, even though Cooley has struggled.
10:22 pm - Patrick Leary
Huge shot by Jerian Grant. Off balance triple puts ND in front by two. Davante fouled, leading to the under 8 TO.
10:21 pm - Patrick Leary
Terrible game for Mayo today.
10:20 pm - Patrick Leary
Garrick Sherman has been huge for ND. Blue with a body check, and Sherman finishes through contact. Free throw good, lead down to one.
10:18 pm - Trey Killian
Vander’s starting to really battle out there. He’s scored the game’s last five points with a pair of great finishes in the paint. He’s heating up with 9:14 left to play.
10:16 pm - Patrick Leary
Brey calls a timeout with 9:14 to go. Presumably to talk about Vander. 48-44 #mubb
10:15 pm - Patrick Leary
Blue is heating up! He scores a leaner to put #mubb up 4
10:13 pm - Patrick Leary
Insane hanging finish and one for Vander. Foul by Atkins. Free throw good.
10:12 pm - Patrick Leary
Mayo gets called for a questionable charge after just running into PC without the ball.
10:10 pm - Patrick Leary
Just a pathetic effort from Jon Grossman of Marquette in the Muscle Milk contest. Missed three layups. Nice headband/shooting sleeve though.
10:09 pm - Patrick Leary
Connaughton misses one wide open, and it goes out of bounds, leading to the under 12 media TO. 43-42.
10:07 pm - Patrick Leary
Connaughton hits again. His fourth three of the game. Wilson answers with a sick reverse. 43-42 MU
10:06 pm - Trey Killian
Jamil Wilson knocks down a big three to give #mubb a 41-39 lead with 12:17 left in the game.
10:05 pm - Patrick Leary
Jim Burr called a “turning knee” foul on Garrick Sherman.
10:04 pm - Patrick Leary
Buzz is really into this game. Surprising I know.
10:03 pm - Patrick Leary
Junior with a sick spin move for the bucket, but Jerian Grant draws a foul and sinks the basket at the other end. 37-36 ND.
10:00 pm - Patrick Leary
This is going to be a fun second half. 34-34 with 15:09 remaining.
9:59 pm - Trey Killian
Marquette advertisement appears on the jumbotron and the #mubb fan section goes crazy!
9:57 pm - Patrick Leary
Junior knocks in a contested triple to give MU the lead, but PC knocks in a triple of his own. Otule tip in ties it at 34.
9:55 pm - Patrick Leary
Otule hammers it home to tie it. Great feed by Anderson
9:54 pm - Patrick Leary
Otule is outmuscling Cooley in the early moments of the half.
9:52 pm - Patrick Leary
Anderson with a block at one end and a bucket at the other.
9:51 pm - Patrick Leary
Second half about to get underway. Starting five in for both teams. ND has the ball, leading 29-25.
9:44 pm - Patrick Leary
When Chris Otule picked up his second foul with 8:59 remaining in the half, #mubb went small, with both him and Ox on the bench with a pair of fouls. After that, Notre Dame went on a 18-6 run. Sherman caught fire in the post, and MU had no offensive consistency. That’s why they trail at halftime after a 17-4 start.
9:40 pm - Patrick Leary
Marquette turned the ball over 11 times as opposed to just five for the Irish. That is probably the deciding stat, as MU still shot 50 percent from the field.
9:39 pm - Patrick Leary
MU outrebounded ND 18-14. Notre Dame shot 2-10 from beyond the arc. Cadougan’s three to begin the game was the only outside shot Marquette attempted in the first half.
9:38 pm - Patrick Leary
Knight leads ND with 8. Grant has 7, and Sherman and Connaughton each have 6.
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Cadougan leads #mubb with 7. Blue has 5 and Jamil has 4.
9:35 pm - Patrick Leary
The Golden Eagles don’t get a shot away, and trail 29-25 at the break. Notre Dame closed the half on a 25-8 run.
9:34 pm - Patrick Leary
Atkins travels, and #mubb will have one more chance with 11.3 to go.
9:33 pm - Patrick Leary
Offensive foul on Cadougan gives ND the final possession up four.
9:31 pm - Patrick Leary
Tom Knight is the game’s leading scorer with 8 points.
9:29 pm - Patrick Leary
Sherman scores again inside. 25-23 ND
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Sherman gets another bucket inside, and ND ties it at 23. Ox to the bench.
9:24 pm - Patrick Leary
Media timeout after Ox draws a foul on the offensive glass. ND on 17-5 run, and #mubb leads 22-21.
9:23 pm - Patrick Leary
MU haven’t scored in four minutes, since the 7:51 mark. Ox checks in out of necessity.
9:21 pm - Patrick Leary
Sherman cuts the lead to one. No Davante or Chris is helping ND a ton inside. Timeout Buzz with five minutes left in the half.
9:19 pm - Patrick Leary
Jerian Grant has had a few open looks at threes lately, and instead has elected to drive the basket. He’s had success. 22-19 #mubb
9:17 pm - Patrick Leary
Anderson airball followed by Connaunghton three cuts lead to five
9:15 pm - Trey Killian
Notre Dame defeats Marquette in sudden death in the Reeses free throw contest to the loudest cheers we’ve heard from the ND fan section tonight.
9:14 pm - Patrick Leary
Vander Blue starting to go to work offensively for #mubb. 21-14 with 7:51 to go. Blue will shoot two out of the TO.
9:13 pm - Trey Killian
And to even things out, Vander drives to draw a shooting foul on Jack Cooley. It’s his second, team’s fourth.
9:11 pm - Patrick Leary
Foul count. Otule, Gardner: 4. Every other player combined: 3.
9:11 pm - Trey Killian
Otule now with his second foul. Both #mubb bigs with early foul trouble in the first 10 minutes.
9:10 pm - Patrick Leary
Davante picks up his second foul with an elbow in the post. Huge for ND, since Gardner was facilitating and scoring for #mubb
9:08 pm - Patrick Leary
Big transition three for Connaughton cuts the lead to 17-9.
9:07 pm - Patrick Leary
Light ovation as MSG recognizes Gardner as sixth man of the year and Cadougan as sportsmanship award winner. #mubb
9:05 pm - Patrick Leary
As @trebby just said: “Cooley can’t even make a layup!” 17-4 with 10:47 to go, media timeout.
9:03 pm - Patrick Leary
Mayo goes coast to coast for a layup and Brey is forced to call another timeout. Where have I seen this before? 17-4 lead for #mubb with 11:06 remaining in the first half.
9:02 pm - Patrick Leary
Taylor with a powerful offensive rebound and put back. Diaper dandy! 15-4
9:01 pm - Patrick Leary
Steve and Todd check in for the first time at the 12:30 mark.
9:00 pm - Patrick Leary
Great pass by Gardner leads to a Cadougan layup. Role reversal!
8:57 pm - Trey Killian
Cadougan draws the charge and Buzz comes flying in off the bench in elation! MU ball with an 11-4 lead with 14:23 to go in the first half.
8:56 pm - Patrick Leary
Brey is frustrated with his big men Cooley and Knight, and goes quickly to Sherman and Auguste. Connaughton misses again, so Biedscheid checks in as well.
8:55 pm - Trey Killian
Here comes Davante to a chorus of “automatic” chants. Scores on his first possession to put #mubb up 11-4.
8:54 pm - Patrick Leary
Cooley and Knight working #mubb on the offensive glass so far. They can stay in the game like that.
8:53 pm - Patrick Leary
Buzz is way off the bench yelling out instructions. #mubb leads 9-4.
8:51 pm - Patrick Leary
Junior is playing Atkins full court. His intensity is key for #mubb. 7-2 MU lead.
8:49 pm - Patrick Leary
#mubb couldn’t have started much better. Two jumpers from Cadougan and a layup on the offensive glass from Lockett, and MU leads 7-0 two minutes in. Mike Brey takes a full timeout.
8:49 pm - Trey Killian
Someone needs to tell the Fighting Irish that #mubb isn’t planning on walking the ball downcourt.
8:47 pm - Patrick Leary
Cadougan opens with a forced three that goes down. Cooley committs a foul for ND, who are in man-to-man to start the game.
8:45 pm - Patrick Leary
ND wins the tip, and we’re underway!
8:44 pm - Patrick Leary
Student section doing the Thunderstruck claps. Opening tip is moments away. #mubb
8:43 pm - Patrick Leary
Clock has expired. Lineups being announced. ND: Knight, Cooley, Atkins, Grant, Connaughton. #mubb: Cadougan, Anderson, Blue, Lockett, Otule.
8:43 pm - Trey Killian
These Notre Dame jerseys are beautiful…said noone ever.
8:38 pm - Patrick Leary
Clinton is the 42nd president. Damn it.
8:35 pm - Patrick Leary
Our very own Melanie Lawder (@mel_lawder) with a picture of 43rd president Bill Clinton, who’s sitting in her section at MSG.
8:35 pm - Trey Killian
Now they’re playing Payphone. Seriously are they asking for Manti jokes?
8:33 pm - Patrick Leary
The player to watch for Notre Dame is Pat Connaughton. He destroyed #mubb in 2012′s road loss and was nowhere to be found in 2013′s home win. He scored 21 in ND’s win over Rutgers last night. If he’s hot tonight, MU could be in serious trouble.
8:25 pm - Trey Killian
Notre Dame band breaking into Bad Romance. Shoutout to Manti I assume
8:22 pm - Trey Killian
I think “Thrift Shop” is the theme of the Big East jerseys so far this tourney…but it’s not awesome. #poppintags
8:21 pm - Patrick Leary
Marquette and Notre Dame take the floor. The Irish still have the disgusting green QR code warmups on.
8:18 pm - Patrick Leary
Louisville-Nova comes to a merciful end. Cards win 74-55. #mubb student section chants “we are Marquette” as the final seconds tick away.
8:14 pm - Patrick Leary
My earlier guess of 8:30 CT for the #mubb start is going to be way off. More like 9 at this point.
8:10 pm - Patrick Leary
This game is dragging on. Two hours, 10 minutes already. And it’s been all Louisville. 71-51 with 3:00 to go.
7:57 pm - Patrick Leary
Nova has played terribly sloppy. They have 22 turnovers (18 in 1H) and trail Louisville, the prohibitive tourney favorite, 63-45 with 7 min to go.
7:35 pm - Patrick Leary
Welcome into the live blog for Marquette’s Big East quarterfinal showdown with Notre Dame. We’re live from section 216 at the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden, where Louisville is pasting Villanova right now in the first game of the evening session.