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Marquette loses, James is out for season

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In what was a highly entertaining game from the opening tip, UConn held on to beat Marquette 93-82.  In the game, Marquette guard Dominic James broke a bone in his left foot and is out for the season.  Both the game and the injury have huge ramifications for Villanova.

It was nearly impossible for Villanova to catch and pass UConn in the Big East standings since they lost their only head-t0-head matchup.  However, Marquette was a different story as Villanova split the season series, and currently have the tiebreaker because they have a better win (Pitt) in conference than Marquette does.

The loss for Marquette means that both the Golden Eagles and the Pittsburgh Panthers will have at least three losses entering their game next week.  It is certain than that one of those teams will lose at least four games in conference.

That means that if Villanova wins out they will get a double-bye because they hold the tie-breaker over both Marquette and Pittsburgh.  The could change but it would take a rather crazy scenario.  So the Wildcats, control their own destiny in terms of a double-bye.

Now to the injury to James.  Unfortunately, it will be an abrupt end to a fabulous college career for the Marquette point guard as it was announced he will miss the rest of the year.  It is a huge blow to Marquette as he was their most experienced player and the leader in assists on the team.  

Maurice Acker will now fill in for James.  He is known more as a defensive stopper and only scored six points filling in against UConn.

Marquette can still score with Jerel McNeal, Wesley Matthews and Lazar Hayward, but this no doubt hurts their chances for postseason success.  James is hard to replace offensively, and Marquette is not a deep team to begin with.  They only played seven guys against UConn, and that includes James, who played four minutes.  

Marquette just became a very vulnerable team, and with games against Louisville, Pittsburgh and Syracuse coming up, they may struggle to keep the double-bye.

-David Cassilo

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