Marquette barely squeaked through the NCAA tournament’s first two rounds, beating Davidson and Butler by a combined three points. But the Golden Eagles are blowing out second-seeded Miami at halftime 29-16, thanks in large part to a Hurricanes offense that’s missing everything.
Here’s the shot chart, via ESPN:
Yikes. Shane Larkin has two fouls, Miami has made only one jump shot, Durand Scott is 0 for 6 from the field and Trey McKinney-Jones is 0 for 4. With big man/sentient bear Reggie Johnson sidelined with a knee injury suffered during the second round, Marquette is taking advantage of inside. Frequent double-teams on pick-and-rolls have made Larkin’s life pretty difficult, too. Granted, plenty of Miami’s misses, especially several close-range shots, have gone in and out of the rim, so it stands to reason the Hurricanes will pick things up in the second half.
The 16 points is Miami’s season low at halftime, overtaking the 19-14 offensive abomination against Maryland in January.
Marquette point guard Vander Blue has a game-high eight points, while guard Trent Lockett has six points and six rebounds.
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