Best Game Bracket: 4 v. 13/5 v. 12

This is the third and fourth match-ups of a 16-game bracket looking at the best Marquette games of the last decade. The complete bracket is at the bottom of each match-up. Vote early and share it. The more votes, the better.

4. 3/8/03 CINCINNATI (CONFERENCE CROWN) VS. 13. 3/17/12 MURRAY STATE (SWEET 16 BERTH)

The Case for Cincinnati game: Dwyane Wade left his career at Marquette in the Bradley Center on quite a note, scoring 26 points and grabbing 10 rebounds to help the Golden Eagles to their first ever C-USA regular season championship. No. 8 Marquette beat Cincinnati, 70-61, outscoring the Bearcats by 13 in the second half. Robert Jackson had 17 points and nine rebounds on his Senior Night, and the fans rushed the court following the win to celebrate with head coach Tom Crean, Wade and Robert Jackson on a magical night.

Game Recap and Box Score

The Case for Murray State game: Make no doubt about it, Marquette played a road game as a 3-seed in the NCAA Tournament and lived to tell about it. The KFC Yum! Center in Louisville was filled to capacity, with all but two-and-a-half sections filled with blue clad Kentucky fans who had thrown their weight behind the Racers. It was no matter. A back and forth affair throughout, the Golden Eagles grabbed control with a 14-2 run late in the second half to take down Murray State 62-53.  Jae Crowder continued his dominating play, scoring 17 points and grabbing 13 rebounds and leading Marquette to its second consecutive Sweet 16.

Game Recap and Box Score

5. 1/20/06 Notre dame (novak Winner) VS. 12. 12/8/07 Wisconsin (kohl streak snapped)

The Case for Notre Dame game: It was a rivalry that spanned generations, but the first time these two Catholic school rivals met under the Big East banner, it was Marquette who would win one for the ages. Tied up at 65 with just seconds left, Steve Novak used all of his heights to rise and fire, curling and hitting a deep two from the baseline with 1.1 seconds left. The game-winner capped yet another spectacular conference game for Novak, finishing with 28 points on 6 of 10 shooting from beyond the arc.

Game Recap 

The Case for Wisconsin game: A 28-game win streak at the Kohl Center for the Badgers would go on no longer after Marquette’s 81-76 road win. Centers Dwight Burke and Ousmanne Barro combined for 21 points and 13 rebounds in 37 minutes, and Dominic James filled the box score with 20 points, five rebounds and six assists. Wes Matthews was quiet in his return to Madison, but Jerel McNeal stepped up with 14 points, Lazar Hayward added 11 and the Golden Eagles turned the Badgers over an uncharacteristic 18 times in the win.

Game Recap and Box Score

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