Here's some of what Marquette coach Buzz Williams had to say about his Golden Eagles and their NCAA tournament first-round game against Washington on Thursday at San Jose:
"I think our mindset has been the same from the beginning of the year up until now: We’re always the underdog. We were picked 12th in the Big East. We’ve played more close games than any team in the country. But we got blown out against Georgetown. That was the worst loss of my tenure here at Marquette. … I think anytime you play a on the West Coast against a team in the Pac-10 you’re definitely the underdog. We’re thankful for our seed. I think Coach Romar is one of the best human beings our business has ever known. I think Jim Shaw and his staff have done an outstanding job of recruiting and I think what they’ve done over coach Romar’s tenure there speaks for itself. They’re arguably one of the hottest teams in the country. … They’ll be excited to play, they’re coming in on a high note and we’ll have our hands full from the beginning."
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THE HUSKIES’S NCAA SWEET SIXTEEN OPPONENTMARQUETTE GOLDEN EAGLES (22-11)
School location: Milwaukee, Wisc.Conference: Big East.Coach: Buzz Williams, 47-22 in his second season at Marquette.How the Golden Eagles got here: At large selection after finishing fifth in the Big East with an 11-7 record during the conference season and being eliminated from the Big East tournament semifinals, 80-57, by No. 22 Georgetown, 80-57, on Friday. Outlook: The Golden Eagles are among the smallest teams in major-college basketball, with a starting lineup ranging from 6-foot-6 to 5-8. They compensate by taking good shots, avoiding turnovers and extending their defense to keep opponents away from the basket as long as possible. That could make for an up-tempo match with UW. Both teams led their respective leagues in turnover margin. Marquette averages 72.0 ppg and allows 64.2. Washington averages 79.8 and allows 69.9. The Golden Eagles led the Big East in 3-point field goal percentage, were second in free throw percentage, and third in steals. However, Marquette was out-rebounded by an average of 1.3 per game, while UW out-rebounded its opponents by an average of 4.3 per game. Marquette’s Lazar Hayward and Washington’s Quincy Pondexter, who lead their teams in scoring, are both 6-foot-6 senior forwards who played together on the USA national team. No. Starters Pos. Height Class Key stat1 D. Johnson-Odom G 6-2 So. 12.8 ppg2 Maurice Acker G 5-8 Sr. 3.7 apg 10 David Cubillan G 6-0 Sr. 6.6 ppg32 Lazar Hayward F 6-6 Sr. 18.1 ppg33 Jimmy Butler G/F 6-6 Jr. 14.9 ppgNo. Key subs Pos. Height Class Key stat21 Joseph Fulce F 6-7 Jr. 83% ft23 Dwight Buycks G 6-3 Jr. 6.4 ppg
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