No. 11 Marquette 67, No. 6 West Virginia 61
Records: Marquette (20-13); West Virginia (20-11)
Marquette advances to the quarterfinal round of the BIG EAST Championship, where the Golden Eagles will face No. 3-seeded Louisville Thursday. Marquette dropped a 71-70 decision at Louisville Jan. 15 in the teams’ regular-season meeting.
Marquette has reached the BIG EAST Championship quarterfinals in all six years it has been a member of the conference.
The BIG EAST Championship quarterfinals will feature eight 20-win teams.
Marquette improved to 3-0 all-time in BIG EAST Championship second-round games.
Marquette has won three of its last four games in the BIG EAST Championship.
Marquette’s Junior Cadougan had a career-high 15 points against West Virginia.
Marquette got 35 points from its starting five and 32 points from its bench.
Marquette won for just the second time (among 20 wins) this season when it scored fewer than 70 points.
Marquette and Louisville will meet in the BIG EAST Championship for the first time.
West Virginia shot 58.3 percent from the field in the first half and 22.2 percent in the second half.
West Virginia lost its opening game in the BIG EAST Championship for the first time under fourth-year coach Bob Huggins. The Mountaineers had won at least two BIG EAST tournament games in each of Huggins’ first three years.
With West Virginia’s loss, the preceding year’s BIG EAST champion has lost its opening game of the following tournament in three consecutive years.