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If you didn’t actually watch the game but saw Marquette lost by just nine to Kansas on a neutral floor, you would probably be pretty pleased. Even more if you were told the Golden Eagles thoroughly outplayed the Jayhawks for the entire first half.
If you’d like to stop there and be perfectly content, scroll down a little bit.
If you’re still here, we need to talk about Kansas’ 22-0 run to open the second half.
One on hand, it was probably a bit of regression and halftime adjustments, Kansas was the better team and it was only a matter of time before that was evident. On the other hand... 22-0. That’s unheard of.
Perhaps Marquette can use that as fuel going forward. They were more competitive against Kansas than they were against Indiana, and Kansas is the far better of the two teams. Maybe they can come out angry against a Louisville team that isn’t nearly what it used to be and roll to a victory.
That would be nice.
Speaking of Louisville, Chris Mack is their coach now. You may remember him from his time coaching the Xavier Musketeers. The Cardinals lost to Tennessee Wednesday in their NIT Tip-Off opener, 92-81. It was Louisville’s first loss of the season. The Cardinals haven’t been very good on defense this year and have been particularly bad at defending the three. That seems like something that should benefit Marquette.