Marquette and Villanova provided a shining example of just what makes March Madness so special this afternoon in Madison Square Garden.
Reggie Redding found Dwayne Anderson for a layup as time expired to give No. 21 Villanova a thrilling 76-57 victory over No. 21 Marquette.
Redding found the the ball in his hands as the final seconds ticked away. He drove to the middle and alertly bounced a pass to Anderson, who sneaked towards the rim while being guarded by Jerel McNeal.
McNeal missed a contested layup as time ran down, giving Nova a chance to win the game.
It was certainly a tough loss for Marquette, but it could actually help improve its seeding. The Golden Eagles showed they could hang with a quality opponent without injured Dominic James in the lineup.
Villanova looked good in the first half and led by 16 points at the half. Marquette fought back behind timely shooting and tough defense.
Scottie Reynolds led ‘Nova with 21 points and nine rebounds. Marquette’s Jimmy Butler finished with a career-high 19 points on 13-16 shooting from the free throw line.
Villanova will play Louisville tomorrow in the Big East semifinals. A smilely, well-dressed (as always) Jay Wright said he considers Louisville to be the best team in the Big East.
We’ll post the highlight of the final play later today. Stay tuned.