Admittedly, this is a cheesy title befitting a school newspaper, and I would have preferred something better , but it simply wouldn’t be true. It is what they did. Marquette got into Miami and pushed their offense five feet higher up the floor and away from the basket. The angles of the game changed for Miami. Post passes were longer in the air, drives into lane needed an extra dribble, and players on the wing were not in position to shoot on the catch. More often than not, the extra time meant Marquette’s rotations beat Miami’s ball movement. The Hurricanes shot the ball poorly, and to a man will feel they didn’t “play their game.”
They didn’t because Marquette imposed their will over Miami in a text book defensive performance in terms of tactics and effort. An effort applied for the duration of the game. I stand in appreciation and admiration of their accomplishment.