East Region No. 14 Davidson looked like they were on their way to the first major upset of the 2013 Tournament, but a memorable Marquette rally instead sent the Wildcats packing in devastating fashion.
A couple of Nik Cochran free throw makes with 1:49 remaining gave Davidson a somewhat comfortable (remember that they’re a good free throw shooting team) seven-point lead, but Marquette responded with a 13-5 run to close out the game which included back-to-back-to-back three-pointers and a Davidson turnover with less than seven seconds left while trying to avoid being fouled and running out the clock.
The worst part about the turnover was that the officials had to review it to determine how much time should be on the game clock, because that officials’ stoppage allowed Golden Eagles coach Buzz Williams to draw something up despite the fact that his team didn’t have any timeouts.
Vander Blue sealed the Marquette rally on the ensuing possessions by converting a running layup with one second remaining and then stealing the Wildcats’ Hail Mary pass on the last play of the game.
Usually when underdogs come as close to knocking off a high seed as Davidson did today, they deserve their fair share of praise despite the loss. It’s hard to give Davidson that credit though as the memory of that careless, game changing turnover replays in my head.