The 3-seed Marquette Golden Eagles tip off a potentially deep 2012 NCAA Tournament run Thursday. They will face the 14-seed BYU Cougars, winners of Wednesday night's thrilling come-from-behind First Four game against the Iona Gaels.
BYU was down as many as many as 25 points in the first half, and went into halftime in a 55-40 hole. They held the Gaels to just 17 points after intermission, however, and Noah Hartsock had 23 points and Brandon Davies had 15 points to advance to what is technically the second round of the Big Dance.
They will face yet another up-tempo offense, except that Marquette's has been successful on a much larger scale than Iona's. The Golden Eagles went 14-4 in Big East play, and made it to the quarterfinals of the conference tournament before losing to Louisville. They have several players that can fill the basket, though none better than Darius Johnson-Odom and Jae Crowder, averaging 18.5 and 17.4 points per game, respectively.
Date/Time: Thursday, 2:45 p.m. ET
Venue: KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, KY
Announcers: Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery, with Lesley Visser reporting.
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