Elite 8 LIVE blog

Elite 8 LIVE blog
March 30, 2013, 4:15 pm
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6:36 p.m. -- (Hughes) And we have a winner, Syracuse takes down Marquette with a final score of 55 to 39. The Orange will now cut down the nets and head to the Final Four. Another dominant defensive performance by Syracuse who held Marquette to a season low point total. Their previous low was 47 points. Check back on CSNwashington.com for postgame coverage from the Syracuse locker room.

6:24 p.m. --
(Standig) Talking with folks on press row who are voting for All-Tournament team. My suggestion, forget players, go with Syracuse's 2-3 zone defense. Honestly, unless there is a dramatic sea change in this game, that's the story. Marquette 3 of 15 in this half, trails 43-32, under seven minutes left.

6:17 p.m. -- (Hughes) So Robert Griffin III was a little late to get back to his seat after the first half, now we know why. It looks like RG3 was chatting it up with none other than the President of the United States.

Check out this photo via @_JakeRussell:

6:12 p.m. -- (Hughes) Two Nationals players are also in attendance: Ryan Zimmerman and Denard Span. Tons of D.C. sports dignitaries on hand for this one. We'll see if Marquette can make this a game. 41-30 with eight minutes to go.

6:10 p.m. --
(Standig) Ran into Wizards Trevor Booker and Chris Singleton at halftime. Booker's prediction, Syracuse would run away from Marquette. Looking good right now as the Orange have matched their largest lead at 37-25 as the 2-3 zone is taking over the game again. Since Vander Blue's 3-pointer with 18:24 left in the first half, Marquette has missed 12 straight. Made nine FG - for the game, shooting 25.7 percent in the game.

5:52 p.m. -- (Standig) Only down 25-21 with possession, Marquette with the energy right now. Love the steal and loose ball hustle by Jamil Wilson on the last play, but loathe him calling timeout to secure a single possession with 17 minutes left. Only 3 left for Marquette. Could be a factor late.

5:50 p.m. -- (Hughes) For those that are interested, RG3 is seated three rows back from half court on the side of the team benches. Look for him on TV.

5:43 p.m. --
(Hughes) We are underway in the second half as Syracuse has a six-point lead. Will be interesting to see what adjustments Buzz Williams and Marquette make moving forward. They had better luck towards the end of the first half but still have just 18 points.

5:26 p.m. --
(Standig) Halftime: Syracuse 24 Marquette 18, Nice rally for the Golden Eagles, closing the half with an 11-5 run. Davante Gardner accounted for nine points as a scorer or passer, though he missed a shot. Why is that notable? It was the big man's first miss against Syracuse - this season. Made his first four shots today, 7 for 7 last month. He leads all with nine points. James Southerland has eight for Syracuse. Second half hopefully will be touch more aesthetically pleasing...

5:20 p.m. -- (Hughes) The first half is in the books here at Verizon Center. Marquette used an extended run to make this a three-point game, but a James Southerland three with just a minute to go gave the Orange a 24-18 lead heading into the locker room.

5:12 p.m. --
(Standig) So, looks Marquette decided to show, albeit 15 minutes after tip. Davante Gardner pounded Syracuse in the first meeting this season with 26 points and just scored or assisted on seven of Marquette's last nine points. Buzz Williams called the wide-bodied big man the team's barometer. Right now the trend is up, though Cuse remains up 21-16.

5:07 p.m. -- (Hughes) 7-2 run has Marquette back in business down 21-14, Golden Eagles' crowd is alive.

5:01 p.m. --
(Standig) Loud reaction when on the jumbotron flashed...Barack Obama, noted basketball fan living at 1600 Penn. 

Another roar followed Brandon Triche's 3-pointer, putting Syracuse up 15-5 with 10 minutes. That forced Marquette coach to call timeout. Seeing as there have been more timeouts (3) than Marquette field goals (2), good call, coach.

4:54 p.m. -- (Standig) One constant mantra from the Marquette side is "Paint Touches" as in get the ball inside, inside, inside. So far such opportunities are dry for the Golden Eagles against that Syracuse 2-3 zone. Already attempted five 3's (missed four) or one less than entire game against Miami. Golden Eagles will not win shooting from deep.

4:53 p.m. -- (Hughes) Both President Barack Obama and Robert Griffin III are in the house today to take in the action, basically the two most famous people in Washington, D.C.

4:50 p.m. --
(Hughes) The vaunted Syracuse zone is on full display this afternoon, Marquette has five points through the first nine minutes. That's a 20-point pace.

4:45 p.m. --
(Standig) Like many a Big East game I've witnessed this season, scoring is at a premium. Syracuse 4-3 at first TV timeout. Marquette just 1 of 7 from the field. With defensive-based teams, what else would you expect. The Golden Eagles won the only previous meeting this season by getting to the free throw line tons. No attempts yet.

4:40 p.m. -- (Hughes) Nearly five minutes into this thing and the score is 4-3 Syracuse, defense is the key so far. Our predictions may have been a little too generous in the scoring department.

4:36 p.m -- 
(Standig) Maybe it's because I'm in front of the Marquette section, but looks/sounds the Golden Eagles have covered the crowd spread. Assumption was that Syracuse would have big edge as the Orange-clad rooters often pack this place for Georgetown games.

4:29 p.m. --
(Hughes) Here is a look at the Verizon Center court pregame:

4:26 p.m. --
(Hughes) Who will cut down the nets? The atmosphere is electric with 'Let's Go Marquette' chants offset by entire sections of orange. We're just minutes away from tip-off.

4:10 p.m. --
Hello to everybody from the Verizon Center where Marquette and Syracuse are set to battle for one more time in a bonus Big East matchup. Why don't we get this thing started with predictions with less than a half-an-hour until tip-off.

Ben: Marquette 68, Syracuse 64

Chase: Marquette 71, Syracuse 59

Got any predictions? Let us know in the comment section.