CLEVELAND, OH - MARCH 20: Dwight Buycks #23 of the Marquette Golden Eagles drives to the basket against James Southerland #43 of the Syracuse Orange during the third of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Quicken Loans Arena on March 20, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

NCAA Tournament: No. 11 Marquette Survives No. 3 Syracuse, 66-62, To Reach Sweet 16

  • Live
3 Total Updates since March 19, 2011
  • Updates 3
  • All Updates 3

NCAA Bracket Update: Marquette Stuns Syracuse, Earning A Shot At UNC

No. 11 Marquette basketball scored the second-biggest upset of the 2011 NCAA Tournament's first Sunday, topping No, 3 Syracuse, 66-62. The game was tied with 52 seconds to go, when Cuse committed a backcourt violation on an inbounds attempt that set Darius Johnson-Odom up to nail a three as the shot clock wore down.

Scoop Jardine missed a counter attempt with 16 seconds left, and rebounder Junior Cadougan hit both of his free throws to give Marquette a five-point lead. Some weird things happened in the final 10 seconds, including a Marquette foul of a driving Scoop Jardine, but the Golden Eagles held on to win.

Marquette will go on to get No. 2 North Carolina in Newark on Friday.

For more on this game, Marquette fans should visit Anonymous Eagle, and Syracuse fans should visit Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and SB Nation New York.

Here is an updated look at the East Region of the 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket.

THIRD ROUND

No. 1 Ohio State def. No. 8 George Mason; will face Kentucky

No. 4 Kentucky def. No. 5 West Virginia; will face Ohio State

No. 3 Syracuse vs. No. 11 Marquette, will face North Carolina

No. 2 North Carolina def. No. 7 Washington; will face Marquette

Other March Madness resources: Our updated printable 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket and the full March Madness schedule.

Continue

NCAA Tournament Scores: Marquette Vs. Syracuse On Upset Alert

No. 11 Marquette holds a 34-31 score advantage over No. 3 Syracuse in Newark's East region, and could go down as the first team to score a NCAA Tournament upset on Sunday. The winner of this game will take on No. 2 North Carolina in the Sweet Sixteen.

The Golden Eagles are leading their Big East brethren by pounding the ball inside and getting to the free throw line, rebounding well, and avoiding foul trouble. Speaking of fouls, Fab Melo already has three, so let's keep an eye on that.

Darius Johnson-Odom leads Marquette with 12 points, with Jae Crowder's four boards giving Marquette the edge on the boards.

For more on this game, Marquette fans should visit Anonymous Eagle, and Syracuse fans should head to Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and SB Nation New York.

Other March Madness resources: Our updated printable 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket and the full March Madness schedule.

Continue

NCAA Bracket 2011: No. 3 Syracuse Vs. No. 11 Marquette

Here comes the flurry of rematches in the 2011 NCAA Tournament Bracket: Syracuse vs. Marquette would have been a mid-tier Big East clash during the season, but now it's a Sweet Sixteen play-in game. It's the second part of the Third Round in the East Region's portion of the 2011 NCAA Tournament schedule on Sunday, tips off at 7:45 p.m. Eastern from Cleveland, and will be broadcast on truTV with Gus Johnson and Len Elmore on the call.

Syracuse withstood a game effort from the Indiana State Sycamores in their Second Round win, getting a back-breaking three to stretch a lead to double-digits as the first half ended and fending off runs in the second period. Rick Jackson and C.J. Fair were difference-makers inside against the undersized Missouri Valley champions, racking up a combined 37 points and 14 rebounds. That helped cover for a quiet showing from Scoop Jardine and Brandon Triche, who will need to be more dynamic against Marquette's array of perimeter players.

The Eagles' stars — Darius Johnson-Odom, Jae Crowder, and Jimmy Butler — helped Marquette get past Xavier in the second round. The trio combined for 44 of Marquette's 66 points in that win, and Johnson-Odom led all scorers in the game with 19. If Marquette wants to beat Syracuse — like it did by a 76-70 count on Jan. 29 in the two teams' only regular season meeting — it will probably need that sort of production again; that triumvirate had 61 of the Eagles' points in that game.

Star Watch: Syracuse's Jackson is also the anchor of the Orange's 2-3 zone and rotates well for blocks underneath. If he can dominate there against Marquette, Syracuse is heading to Newark.

Prediction: Syracuse continues its recovery from a mid-season swoon with a decisive 72-60 win over a Marquette team that likely realized its potential in the Second Round.

More Reading: SB Nation's Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician has all the Orange news and views you can handle, while our Marquette blog Anonymous Eagle has the smart Eagles fan covered.

Need help picking your bracket? Check out SB Nation's full 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket predictions, picking every game of March Madness, or our region by region breakdowns for the East Region, West Region, Southeast Region, and Southwest Region.

Did your team miss the 2011 NCAA Tournament? We have you covered: check out the 2011 NIT bracket.

Continue
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.