Marquette was able to overcome its lack of size in its last game thanks in part to a breakout performance by Vander Blue.
That smaller rotation leading to a faster pace for the 15th-ranked Golden Eagles worries Notre Dame coach Mike Brey as the Big East rivals meet Saturday in South Bend, Ind.
Marquette (19-4, 8-2) has won seven straight and trails No. 2 Syracuse by one game for the Big East lead. The Golden Eagles were able to defeat Seton Hall 66-59 on Tuesday without starting forward Davante Gardner, who sat out with a sprained left knee suffered last Saturday at Villanova and is doubtful for this game.
While Gardner had boosted his game in conference play with averages of 12.2 points and 6.6 rebounds, Blue averaged just 4.4 points on 32.1 percent shooting in his last 12 games despite starting them all.
However, the 6-foot-5 sophomore picked up the slack Tuesday with 16 points and eight rebounds, including five on the offensive end, and his finish of an alley-oop sparked Marq...