This is the first match-up of a 16-game bracket looking at the best Marquette game of the last decade. Vote early and share it. The more votes, the better.
1. 3/29/03 Kentucky (Final 4 Berth) VS. 16. 1/30/10 @UCONN (BUTLER GAME-WINNER)
The Case for Kentucky game:
As if there was any question as to which game the No. 1 seed in the Best Game Bracket, Dwyane Wade flushes home all doubts. Taking on the Goliath that was the No. 1 ranked Kentucky, Wade told David to move over, dropping 29 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds for just the fourth triple double in NCAA history. O yeah, did I mention this was in the Elite 8, sending the Golden Eagles to their first Final Four since 1977?
The case for UConn game:
Looking back at the highlights, how in the world did Jimmy hang so long for that game-winner? This game was a huge sigh of relief for Buzz and co. as they notched their first road win of the season, a 70-68 victory over No. 19 Connecticut. Marquette would go on to win seven of the nine remaining games, keeping the NCAA Tournament streak alive.
8. 3/6/04 LOUISVILLE (MASON AND-1) VS. 9. 12/3/11 WISCONSIN (MAYO FLOATER)
The Case for Louisville game: Down 80-78 with less than three seconds left against arch-rival and No. 24 ranked Louisville, it looked like Marquette would finish a less-than-stellar conference season on a sour note. Not so fast. Dameon Mason took an inbounds pass on the baseline, hit the jumper and was fouled for good measure. Mason drilled the free-throw and Marquette hung on for the come-from-behind victory in dramatic fashion.
The case for Wisconsin game:
A few hours before the biggest game of the young season against Wisconsin, Marquette announced junior point guard Junior Cadougan had been suspended for violating team rules. With no experienced back-up, and during the worst game of Jae Crowder’s college career, freshmen Derrick Wilson, Todd Mayo and sophomore Vander Blue took care of business, locking down pre-season All-American Jordan Taylor and contributing just enough for a 61-54 victory.