With precision and poise, Marquette passed its test.
The Golden Eagles played their style of basketball, except for one part of the equation: the game wasn't close.
Marquette fans likely didn't know what to do with themselves as they watched their team hold a 19-point lead at the final media timeout. A barrage of late three-pointers from Miami probably let a bit of doubt creep into their minds because close games are all the Golden Eagles know.
But all Miami did late was make the final score not indicative of the thorough dominance Marquette displayed against the ACC's best team. It will go down as a 71-61 victory - the first game the Golden Eagles have played in decided by double-digits since Feb. 19 - but the game was never that close.
"It's fantastic," Marquette forward Jamil Wilson said. "It feels good not to have to worry about are you going to lose on a lastsecond shot or are you going to win on a lastsecond shot. To have a cushion like that.
"These guys played with tremendou...