To the Sweet 16: Marquette 74 Butler 72

Vander Blue's 29 points and some gutsy play from Jamil Wilson and Trent Lockett led MU to a 74-72 win vs Butler in a third round NCAA Tournament game in Lexington. The win puts MU into the Sweet 16 for the third consecutive yr, a first for the school.

The Butler players were devastated after the game. Buzz Williams consoled #21 Roosevelt Jones after the game.

Otule and Gardner celebrate a huge win.

Here is the link to the AP game story:

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Back and forth went Marquette and Butler, trading makes and misses in a high intensity rematch that made a case for being the best game so far of this NCAA tournament. In the end, Vander Blue and the Golden Eagles advanced as the Bulldogs couldn't muster any more of their March magic.

Blue scored 19 second-half points to rally third-seeded Marquette out of another hole, and the Golden Eagles survived 74-72 on Saturday to reach the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament. "I know everybody in our team, we weren't ready to go home," said Blue, who made a last-second layup to win Marquette's first game of this tournament. "We had two close games -- we had a lot of those this year. What we went through earlier this year prepared us for this weekend."

Like November's first meeting between the teams at the Maui Invitational, won 72-71 by Butler on Rotnei Clarke's buzzer-beating 3-pointer, it came down to the final shot. Only this time, Butler missed.

"The difference in the game was the level of pressure they put on us in the second half and certainly the shots they made," Butler coach Brad Stevens said. "They had a few I didn't think were going in that bounced in.

Link to AP story.

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