NEW YORK - In a stunning departure, Marquette appears headed to another photo finish. The Golden Eagles dug themselves out of an early 15-4 rout and now it's anybody's game.
Here are a few quick thoughts before the second half starts:
Greg Monroe is clearly the best player on the floor tonight. The Hoya big man has 14 points but it's how he's running the floor that's really impressive. Late in the half, Monroe blazed down the court to block Maurice Acker from behind, a sensational block at the glass that ignited the Georgetown crowd. Monroe also has five rebounds and three assists.
With Monroe leading the charge, the Hoyas are getting anything they want inside. Of their 37 points, 22 are in the paint.
If Monroe is the best player, Lazar Hayward isn't far behind. The senior has 12 points and has zipped two 3-pointers.
The Hoyas have to be mindful of the arc. Marquette shoots a sizzling 58 percent from 3-point and already has four in the half. Pretty much everyone in a Golden Eagle uniform is a threat on the arc, including big men Jimmy Butler and Hayward.