Originally written on College Chalktalk  |  Last updated 3/23/13
The Marquette Golden Eagles are the worst three-point shooting team in the tournament as they came in at 30.1% on the season.  Getting out played by Davidson and trailing the Wildcats throughout the second half Thursday afternoon, a bleakness pervaded the Marquette sideline as they tailed DC by six before Jamil Wilson nailed two triples and Vander Blue made another to cut the Wildcats’ lead to 58-57 with 6.7 seconds remaining. The “Buzz” word at Marquette is “resiliency.” Credit: Marquette Athletics and Maggie Casey Now, trailing by one, Davidson’s De’Mon Brooks threw an errant pass out of bounds to set up Blue’s heroics on a layup with 1.1 seconds remaining to allow Marquette to squeak by 59-58. Maybe the ghosts of Al McGuire and Rick Majerus manifested themselves into Buzz Williams’ sigh of relief, but the inexplicable win pushed the Golden Eagles forward in giving them life for one more game. “I don’t think we beat Davidson because of what we did yesterday, and you could maybe look back through several games this year and throughout our tenure,” said Marquette coach Buzz Williams, “I don’t think you win games that day or in the daily preparation for that game. It’s the daily accountability and what you do every day, every day during the preseason, every day during the off-season.  Champions are everyday guys.  Winners are everyday people.  Sometimes it shows on the biggest stage and sometimes it doesn’t.” Williams hopes that Saturday night’s game against Butler is not a repeat of Thursday afternoon or the 72-71 loss in Maui in December when Rotnei Clarke drilled a 25-foot buzzer beater for the Bulldogs’ win. “I thought our response to that loss said a lot about our kids,” explained Williams, as the Golden Eagles finished Maui with a romp of Mississippi State and a decisive win over Southern Cal, “I dont’ know that you can say that was a good thing.  Maybe you can say, ‘OK, this is what a team is in Game 3.’” The Golden Eagles are 6-4 in games decided by less than 10 points and are 3-1 in overtime affairs.  They key statistic is that they are 8-0 this season following a loss. “Just because of what our culture is, the guys that quit…they aren’t resilient, and the guys that last…they will be resilient,” said the philosophical Williams, “That doesn’t men they are a talented basketball player, but it does mean they are resilient.  And because I am immature, I am more concerned with their resiliency than their talent.” Resiliency is not a term that has been thrown on the Golden Eagles players.  With wins like Thursday’s opener, they feel confident they have a few more to play. “I think our team is special in that we don’t really feel like we have reached our ceiling yet,” said fifth-year guard Trent Lockett, who came to Milwaukee as a fifth year graduate student from Arizona State, “That’s something that we really look forward to.  I think we have evolved as a team as everyone has this time of year. -Ken Cross   Related Posts:Marquette’s Williams a master of carpentryA fitting end to a college basketball eraSoul searching in South OrangeNCDS: (VIDEO) Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles New Year’s…High Five: Anatomy of a wake up call
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