GAME OF THE NIGHT- Marquette 79 Notre Dame 57
We had a bit of a role reversal in this one; Marquette was the squad who was golden from downtown. Usually it’s the Irish who flourish from deep.
Notre Dame had open looks from beyond the three-point line all night, but the shots simply didn’t fall. The Irish shot an abysmal 3-of-18 (18.8%) from downtown as Marquette destroyed Notre Dame 79-57 Monday Night.
Jimmy Butler and Dwight Buycks both did a fantastic job of defending the shooting tandem of Tim Abromaitis and Ben Hansbrough. Buycks and Butler did a terrific job of not letting Abromaitis and Hansbrough catch and shoot. Abromaitis had ten on 4-of-8 shooting, just 1-of-3 from downtown. Hansbrough scored a measly nine on 3-of-9 shooting.
In defeat, the Irish have solidified themselves of having a point guard of the future. Notre Dame started Reggie Smith at the beginning of the year, but Eric Atkins has earned the starting gig. He has great vision; he’s currently 10th in the country in assist to turnover ratio. Atkins needs to hit the weight room though if he wants to matchup with the rest of the physical point guards of the Big East.
Player of the Game
Buycks wasn’t too shabby on the offensive end either. The freshman scored a career-high 21 points. He was a perfect 5-for-5 from beyond the arc.
Unsung Hero- Marq C- Chris Otule
He was a prescensce in the post all-night. He consistly got potioning on the block offensively, and was swatting shots defensively.
GAME RATING- ½*
Upset of the Night- SWAC- Alabama A&M 5-8 (2-2) at Arkansas Pine-Bluff 1-14 (1-2)
Arkansas Pine-Bluff was a tournament team as a 16 seed last season. It took them 15 tries to finally pick up their first win of the season. The great news for the Golden Lions is that they are just two back of first place Jackson State.
Top Three Performers
1. Dwight Buycks (Marq) 21 pts 4 reb in 79-57 win over Notre Dame
Jae Crowder (Marq) 18 pts 7 reb 4/6 3
Jimmy Butler (Marq) 15 pts 6 reb 4 asst
About the Author
Written by Adrian Fedkiw
I currently work for the Sports Network. It's the best job ever! I am a 2010 graduate of Temple University where I majored in broadcast journalism, I LOVE SPORTS! That's why I am here. I have a vast knowledge and want to share my athletic intelligence with the world. Some people like to spend their time shooting down aliens in Halo; I like to spend my time watching sports, current and old. It's my passion! I got asked one time how I can watch a game over again when I already know the outcome. 5 minutes later, he's watching Happy Gilmore reciting all of the lines from the movie. Hypocrite! As for my favorite sports teams, I've been a lifelong Philadelphia sports fan. My favorite athlete is Allen Iverson. He didn't like practice that much, but when it came to gametime, no one let it all out on the floor like Iverson. He is absolutely beloved in the city of Brotherly Love. For college athletics, obviously I pay close attention to Temple. (Yes, football too) Even before I stepped foot on Temple's campus for the 1st time in 2005, I was a fan. Oh the good old days of John Chaney! Some other tidbits about myself, I love cheesesteaks, I hydrate myself with Welch's Grape Juice and Snapple. I love the HBO show Entourage. Also, when is Kenny Powers making his much anticipated return in Eastbound and Down!