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Recap: Marquette 74, Pittsburgh 67
Line Movements
Date: January 12, 2013 12:00 PM EDT
  

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Buzz Williams has a theory on why Marquette plays so many close games.

``We're not very good,' the coach said with a shrug.

Maybe, but the Golden Eagles aren't bad either. Especially when things get tight.

Vander Blue scored 22 points and Marquette overcame a dramatic game-tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation by Pittsburgh's Lamar Patterson to win 74-67 in overtime on Saturday and remain unbeaten in the Big East.

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``I think it just sums up what we've been doing all year,' Blue said. ``I'm sure a lot of people didn't have us winning ... we just wanted to make sure wherever we go, we do what we do.'

What Marquette (12-3, 3-0) is doing at the moment is finding a way to deliver with the game on the line. The Golden Eagles went on a quick 8-2 burst to take control of the extra period and Pitt never got within six the rest of the way.

``We wanted to make sure we started off overtime delivering the first blow,' Blue said. ``It was a whole new game. It was 0-0. Once we hit the first bucket and the first stop, we feel like we're OK.'

Davante Gardner made all six of his shots from the floor while adding 13 points and grabbing eight rebounds for Marquette, which is unbeaten through three conference games for the first time in four years.

Lamar Patterson led Pitt (13-4, 1-3) with a career-high 22 points, including his 3-pointer from the top of the key as the clock expired. Williams said he didn't consider ordering his players to foul when the ball was inbounded, then added his players looked like ``clowns' when the shot dropped through the net.

The Petersen Events Center erupted as Patterson celebrated at halfcourt, emphatically punching the ground.

It didn't stop the Golden Eagles, however, from delivering the knockout as the Panthers fell to 0-4 in games decided by nine points or less.

``We need to grow up quickly and figure out a way to get it done,' Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said.

The Panthers may have to do it - at least in the short-term - without senior guard Tray Woodall. The team captain left the game early in the first half with a head injury after colliding with Marquette's Derrick Wilson during a scramble for a loose ball.

Woodall laid on the floor for several minutes before slowly making his way to the bench. He placed ice on his face sporadically the rest of the afternoon and Dixon isn't sure when his team's most experienced ballhandler will be able to return.

The Golden Eagles had issues of their own. Point guard Junior Cadougan went down with a leg injury later in the half, though Wilson stepped in and played capably in Cadougan's absence.

``I felt I was ready for it,' Wilson said. ``I've learned a lot from Junior and seen him handle situations like (this) and my teammates put me in position.'

And suddenly Marquette finds itself in an unusual position: atop the Big East. The Golden Eagles have been one of the conference's biggest surprises after finding a way to win the taut games they couldn't earlier in the season. Two of Marquette's three league victories have come in overtime, with the other a one-point escape against No. 19 Georgetown last week.

For most of the first 40 minutes, it didn't look like the Golden Eagles would need to put in any extra work. Marquette spent most of the afternoon nursing a narrow but seemingly comfortable lead that floated between 2-6 points. Every time Pitt looked ready to get in position to tie the game, the Golden Eagles would get a stop.

Pitt's struggles at the free throw line helped. Pitt shot just 50 percent (13 of 26) at the line, including a miserable 2 of 7 in overtime. It wasn't quite the performance the Panthers were looking for after crushing Georgetown on Tuesday night.

Pitt hoped the 28-point romp would serve as a launching pad into a manageable - by Big East standards - stretch that includes games against conference also-rans like DePaul and Providence.

Instead, the Panthers are searching for answers on how deliver when everything is on the line.

``We have enough guys, we have the right guys,' Dixon said. ``We just didn't get it done.'

That's no longer an issue for Marquette, which is getting contributions from all over. Jamil Wilson added 11 points and five rebounds for the Golden Eagles while Todd Mayo chipped in 10 off the bench. Marquette outrebounded Pitt 38-33, outscored the Panthers 28-18 in the paint and had a 14-8 edge in second chance points.

``I wish it was the last game of the season,' Williams said. ``We're thankful we get to have a happy flight on the way home but we're also cognizant we have eight more road games and for us to be in the middle of January and for us to win one road game ... we've got a long way to go.'

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 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 MARQET  +450   +10.5   126 
 PITT  -600   -10.5   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 MARQET  +450   +10   126.5 
 PITT  -600   -10   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 MARQET  84%   73%   58% 
 PITT  16%   27%   42% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 NCAA BK RECAPS
 Saturday, Jan 12
 
    Georgetown at St Johns
11:00 AM EDT
    Virginia at Clemson
12:00 PM EDT
    Delaware at Georgia State
12:00 PM EDT
    Minnesota at Indiana
12:00 PM EDT
    Duke at North Carolina State
12:00 PM EDT
    Villanova at Syracuse
12:00 PM EDT
    Northeastern at Towson
12:00 PM EDT
    Marquette at Pittsburgh
12:00 PM EDT
    Tennessee at Alabama
1:00 PM EDT
    Mississippi St at Georgia
1:45 PM EDT
    Auburn at South Carolina
1:45 PM EDT
    Kansas State at West Virginia
1:45 PM EDT
    UCLA at Colorado
2:00 PM EDT
    North Carolina at Florida State
2:00 PM EDT
    Texas at Iowa State
2:00 PM EDT
    Bradley at Northern Iowa
2:00 PM EDT
    Valparaiso at Wisconsin Milwaukee
2:00 PM EDT
    Illinois at Wisconsin
2:15 PM EDT
    Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech
2:30 PM EDT
    Fresno State at New Mexico
3:00 PM EDT
    Tulane at Southern Methodist
3:00 PM EDT
    Oklahoma State at Oklahoma
3:00 PM EDT
    Montana State at North Dakota
3:00 PM EDT
    Washington State at California
4:00 PM EDT
    Harvard at Dartmouth
4:00 PM EDT
    William Mary at Hofstra
4:00 PM EDT
    Texas AM at Kentucky
4:00 PM EDT
    Florida at Louisiana State
4:00 PM EDT
    Kansas at Texas Tech
4:00 PM EDT
    George Washington at Xavier
4:00 PM EDT
    Boston College at Wake Forest
4:00 PM EDT
    Detroit at Cleveland State
4:30 PM EDT
    Vanderbilt at Arkansas
6:00 PM EDT
    Saint Louis at Temple
6:00 PM EDT
    Southern Cal at Utah
6:00 PM EDT
    Montana at Northern Colo
6:30 PM EDT
    Northridge at UC Irvine
7:00 PM EDT
    Hawaii at Long Beach State
7:00 PM EDT
    Colorado State at San Diego State
8:00 PM EDT
    Drake at Illinois State
8:00 PM EDT
    Missouri at Mississippi
8:00 PM EDT
    Indiana State at Southern Illinois
8:00 PM EDT
    Arizona at Oregon State
8:00 PM EDT
    Florida Atlantic at W. Kentucky
8:00 PM EDT
    Memphis at UAB
8:30 PM EDT
    Sacramento State at Eastern Washington
9:00 PM EDT
    Cal Riverside at Cal State Fullerton
9:00 PM EDT
    Idaho State at Southern Utah
9:00 PM EDT
    Santa Barbara at UC Davis
10:00 PM EDT
    Air Force at UNLV
10:00 PM EDT
    Cal Poly SLO at Pacific
10:00 PM EDT
    Northern Arizona at Portland State
10:30 PM EDT
    Washington at Stanford
11:00 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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