The NCAA tournament is filled with players you'll be watching in the NBA for years. UNLV's Anthony Bennett and Kansas' Ben McLemore are two obvious examples. But a lot of the students on display are guys you might never hear from or about again.
Everywhere they go, they hear it. Marquette plays hard and that's why they win. Well, that's only partially true. The Golden Eagles, under Buzz Williams, do play hard. But they do far more and that was evident Monday night in a win against Syracuse.
Marquette defeated Connecticut in overtime in the Big East opener for both teams after G Junior Cadougan drained a dramatic game-tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation. UConn was led by G Shabazz Napier with 29.
Louisville finally got past John Calipari and Kentucky, and DePaul saw its seven-game win streak snapped. Hours after UConn coach Kevin Ollie signed a five-year extension, the Huskies defeated Washington. Syracuse rebounded from its first loss of the season with a convincing win over Alcorn State.
Louisville overcame a slow start to outlast Memphis in a physical contest Saturday. Georgetown continued to break out of a mini-offensive slump after cracking 80 for the second straight game, while Pitt, Marquette, and Syracuse defended their respective home courts against inferior opponents. Cincinnati improved to 10-0 for the second time in three seasons with a win over Marshall.
Georgetown coach John Thompson III is concerned about his players' grasp of the offense after the Hoyas escape with a 46-40 win over Towson on Saturday. Louisville and Cincinnati cruise to easy victories. Marquette defeats Wisconsin for the fourth time in its last six meetings against its in-state rivals.