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Big East Tournament: Marquette vs. Villanova Halftime Notes

Everything is coming up 'Nova, or, more specifically, Josh Hart. Led by their top reserve, the top-seeded Wildcats lead 39-21 over ninth-seeded Marquette at the break.

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  • Marquette has only nine field goals on 27 field goal attempts (.333). The dangerous 3-point shooting team of the opening round is nowhere to be found. The Golden Eagles, who drained 13 treys last night against Seton Hall, have only three today.
  • Matt Carlino has been held scoreless, missing all five of his shots from the floor. It appears unlikely he will match his total of 26 points from the first round. He does have six rebounds, for whatever that is worth.
  • In fact, the Golden Eagles do lead the rebounding battle (19-14), but they have 12 turnovers, which have led to nine Villanova points. The Wildcats have lost the ball only five times. Marquette has not made a trip to the foul line either.
  • Duane Wilson and Steve Taylor Jr. are tied for the team-lead with five points apiece for Marquette. Derrick Wilson has four points and as many assists, but he  is guilty of five turnovers.


  • Before the first media timeout, the 'Cats were in complete control. They opened the game on a 13-2 run, hitting 4-5 3-point tries. Darrun Hilliard, drilled a pair of those triples, including a contested shot on the opening possession.
  • After Marquette pulled within two, Villanova went on another run, this time of the  17-0 variety, which included another heaping portion of triples. The Wildcats are 10-16 from 3-point range overall, murdering Marquette with its own favorite weapon.
  • Hilliard, who was surprisingly not the Wildcat  given co-Big East Player of the Year honors yesterday, remained active for all 20 minutes, but mainly as a distributor. He did not score after the first few minutes, but has six assists. Ryan Arcidiacano, the somewhat maligned co-POTY, has three points and a pair of dimes.
  • The real star of the first half was Josh Hart, who clearly doesn't have time for Marquette's upset dreams. The Big East Sixth Man of the Year already has X4 points on 5-5 shooting, including a torrid streak of 11-straight points. He also got it in on defense as well, blocking a shot and recording a theft.
  • Don't think about forgetting Dylan Ennis either. He has nine points.