NCAA Tournament Update: Marquette Stifling Xavier At Halftime

The No. 11 seeded Marquette Golden Eagles are showing off their stifling defense against No. 6 Xavier. The Golden Eagles closed the first half on a 13-3 run and lead the Musketeers 33-20 at halftime of this NCAA Tournament matchup.

Marquette's defense has been stifling, and Xavier's offense has been sloppy. The combination of these two things have led to Xavier shooting just 30 percent from the field and turning the ball over nine times. Xavier faces some decent competition in the Atlantic 10, but evidently, they are not used to Marquette's pressure defense. Jimmy Butler has 11 points to lead Marquette, while Kenny Frease leads Xavier with eight points. Atlantic 10 Player of the Year Tu Holloway has yet to score and is 0-6 from the field.

During and after the game, follow along with Golden Eagles fans at our Marquette blog, Anonymous Eagle.

March Madness resources: Printable 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket ... Full 2011 NCAA Tournament schedule.

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