Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim knows full well that one of the secrets to success for his team’s 2-3 zone defense is the way it confounds opponents who aren’t used to playing against that suffocating system.
Back and forth went Marquette and Butler, trading makes and misses in an intense 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 pulled out another nail-biter as the Bulldogs couldn’t muster any more of their March magic.
Vander Blue had no doubt where he was going with the ball. The Marquette guard’s only concern was whether he’d have room to make it happen.
Junior Cadougan scored 18 points – including a buzzer-beating, tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation – to lead Marquette to a 82-76 overtime win over Connecticut Tuesday night in the Big East Conference opener for both teams.