Just minutes after VCU advanced to the Sweet Sixteen, Marquette made it a two-fer, knocking off Syracuse with some late-game heroics. The Golden Eagles had the Orange on the ropes for much of the game, scratching and clawing to keep Syracuse at bay and give themselves a shot at the win. With time running out, Darius Johnson-Odom buried a straight-away three to break the tie and put Marquette up three with less than a minute to go.
Johnson-Odom’s three was set up by another head-scratching mistake by Syracuse as Scoop Jardine was called for a questionable over-and-back call on an inbounds pass. Jardine tried to walk the tight-rope, but stepped into the backcourt, giving Marquette the ball back and setting up Johnson-Odom’s heroics.
Despite a late scramble in an attempt to fight back, Syracuse was unable to narrow the gap as Marquette advanced to the Sweet Sixteen with a 66-62 win.
Johnson-Odom led the way for the Eagles with a team-high 17 points. Dion Waiters led all scorers with 18 points for the Orange.
Marquette moves on to face UNC in the Sweet Sixteen. The Tar Heels defeated Washington in a thriller earlier on Sunday, 88-86.
Here’s a look at the full East region bracket. A printable bracket with the latest updates can be found at SB Nation.
No. 1 Ohio State def. No. 8 George Mason, 98-66
No. 4 Kentucky def. No. 5 WVU, 71-63
No. 2 UNC def. No. 7 Washington, 86-83
No. 11 Marquette def. No. 3 Syracuse, 66-62