The blues referenced here pertain to Vander Blue, a candidate for first team all-conference and for the player of the year in the Big East Conference. Yesterday, Blue led a high-powered attack that gave rise to the No. 18 Marquette Golden Eagles beating the No. 16 Pittsburgh Panthers by the score of 79-69. Blue almost had a near perfect game, by having 19 points (made seven of his eight field goals and making both of this three-point attempts), three of four from the free throw line, six rebounds, two assists and two steals. Other contributors from Marquette included Trent Lockett (11 points, two assists and two rebounds), Jamil Wilson (13 points, eight rebounds and three assists) and Javante Gardner (14 points, four rebounds and two assists). Pittsburgh was led by Lamar Patterson, who had 19 points and five rebounds. Tray Woodall added 10 points and eight assists.
Marquette led Pittsburgh at halftime, 42-29. Marquette controlled the game for the most part. It out-rebounded Pittsburgh, 31 to 23. In addition, Marquette had more free throws made and attempted compared to Pittsburgh. Marquette’s completed 22 out of 29 free throws (75.9 percent) whereas Pittsburgh made 12 out of their 16 free throw attempts (75 percent). Although the percentages are relatively close, Marquette almost doubled Pittsburgh’s amount of free throw attempts. Marquette’s willingness to be aggressive offensively, paid major dividends for them.
Other key statistics in this game were the field goal percentage and three-point field goal percentage. Marquette dominated Pittsburgh in these categories, also. Marquette’s field goal percentage was 56.5 percent (made 26 out of 46 field goals) compared to Pittsburgh’s 41.7 percent field goal percentage (made 25 out of their 60 field goals).
This win keeps Marquette in a three-way tie for the first place spot in the Big East Conference along with the Syracuse Orangemen and the Georgetown Hoyas. The next match-up for Marquette will be against the Seton Hall Pirates.
The Big East Conference is wide open right now. No team sets itself apart from the others in this conference. This will make the Big East Conference tournament very entertaining and NCAA tournament selections very intriguing to say the least.