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2013 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Preview: No. 3 Marquette vs. No. 2 Miami

The No. 3 Marquette Golden Eagles and No. 2 Miami Hurricanes did some surviving and advancing in the third round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

Marquette got revenge over the No. 6 Butler Bulldogs from earlier in the year with a two-point victory. Surviving and advancing has kind of been the theme of this team in the Big Dance. Marquette should have lost to the No. 14 Davidson Wildcats, but found a way to win by one point.

Miami will be playing in the Sweet 16, thanks to a four-point victory over the No. 7 Illinois Fighting Illini.

What to Watch For

Durand Scott was the man for Miami in its first game of the tourney, scoring 21 points. Against Illinois, it was Rion Brown, who dropped 21 points of his own. However, Shane Larkin also came up big, with 17 points in the contest. Marquette has to watch out for the Hurricanes’ three-point shooting. Miami has made 21 shots from behind the arc already in the dance.

Marquette’s Vander Blue was the leader of this team in the regular season and he has been the leader of this team in the tournament. Blue made a last second layup to take down Davidson in the second round and he dropped 29 points against Butler in a thriller. He is averaging 22.5 points per game in two tournament games and he will have to put up something big to help lead Marquette over Miami.

Prediction

Miami is the No. 2 seed in the East Region for a reason. This team is really good and it can beat other teams in a variety of ways. Marquette has had two close calls, but Blue will not be able to lead his team to victory in this one.

Miami 75 Marquette 73

 

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