Cronin's words were on full display as Parker took over Bearcats offense in the first half, and when he ended the half with a corner three-pointer it brought his total to 16 points. It represented one point more than he has scored in any game since Cincinnati returned to full strength. Parker attacked the rim ferociously and Marquette seemingly had no answer to his penetration.
"The deny wings leaving me and my man, one on one the whole time," said Parker. "The first Marquette is was the same way, so I wasn't surprised by that. If you have a guy in the corner, they are going to deny that corner so, if you turn the corner you are wide open."
The second half brought no relief for the Golden Eagles as just three minutes in, Parker had already tied his career high of 21. Then with 10:45 left in the game, his jumper from the free throw helped his secure a new career best. He finished with 28 points, seven rebounds and two assists.
On a team that leads the BIG EAST in three-pointers, Cincinnati proved to be a multi-dimensional offense. The Bearcats scored 28 of their 42 first-half points in the paint.
BLOCK PARTY: In the first half, there were eight blocks recorded – sophomore Justin Jackson registered six of them. The lanky 6-8 energetic forward stepped up the energy level to cosmic proportions. That is saying a lot considering the fans and players were in a tizzy following the senior day festivities. He finished with a career-high seven on the game.
TRANSITION DEFENSE: In the first meeting with the Golden Eagles, Cincinnati failed to corral the Marquette fast break attack. On the faithful day in Wisconsin, MU scored 56 points off turnovers and in the fast break. Cincinnati committed 14 turnovers in that contest, compared to the eight points MU had Wednesday. In limited the carelessness and stopping the Marquette.
"That was the main thing to keep them off the break," said Dixon. "They score all their points in transition so we figured, if we limit them to under 10 points in transition, we'd have a great opportunity to win and that's what happened."
Not only did the Bearcats stymie the Marquette offense, they tallied more fast break points than any opponent of a Buzz Williams coached Marquette team.
STILL ALIVE FOR DOUBLE BYE: One of the most important parts of Wednesday's victory was it enabled Cincinnati to stay alive in the race for the double bye in the BIG EAST tournament. A win Saturday coupled with losses by South Florida, Georgetown and Notre Dame, and Cincinnati will be the third seed in the upcoming BIG EAST tournament.