A veteran team that leads the nation in free throw shooting, Davidson seemed built to win a close NCAA tournament game, but even the 14th-seeded Wildcats couldn’t withstand the late barrage levied by third-seeded Marquette. Vander Blue’s layup beat the buzzer with a second to spare, lifting the Eagles to a 59-58 victory that avoided the tournament’s first major upset. Check out the video of Blue’s game-winner here and see it below.
Trailing by six, Marquette hit its last four shots in the final 62 seconds to seal the improbable comeback. Jamil Wilson hit two contested three-pointers and Blue hit another in the run.
Even so, Davidson missed several opportunities, shooting 14 of 22 from the free throw line. A bad pass by De’Mon Brooks with seven seconds left preceded Blue’s game-winner, which provided the best finish so far on a mostly ho-hum first day of the tournament.
No 13th-seeded team has beaten a No. 4 seed since Ohio upset Georgetown in 2010.
Charles Barkley on Marquette-Davidson: “This is a perfect example of why I would never coach.”
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Prior to Vander Blue’s go-ahead layup for Marquette, players had missed 22 straight go-ahead shots in final 10 sec of NCAA Tournament games.
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