Top things to know from Thursday

March, 29, 2013
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Marquette has one of its best days
Marquette will make its second Elite Eight appearance since winning the national championship in 1977, and its first since 2003, after beating Miami handily.

Marquette shot 54 percent, its highest field-goal percentage in an NCAA tournament game since shooting 56.4 percent against Kentucky in the 2003 Elite Eight.

Miami shot 34.9 percent, its lowest in an NCAA tournament game since shooting 33.8 percent against Missouri in 2002.

Marquette scored 1.23 points per possession against Miami, the most the Hurricanes have allowed this season. The Canes were 2-5 this season when allowing more than 1.1 points per possession. Their four worst defensive performances in terms of efficiency came against NCAA tournament teams.

Marquette scored 40 points in the paint Thursday, its most paint points in any game in the past four NCAA tournament appearances and most in its past 12 games overall. The Golden Eagles entered Thursday's game averaging 32.1 paint points per game.

Marquette outscored Miami by 16 points in the paint, tied for the Hurricanes' second-worst paint differential this season. Miami was outscored by a season-high 26 paint points in its loss to Florida Gulf Coast on Nov. 13.

An unlikely big-shot-maker
Ohio State advanced to the Elite Eight for the second consecutive season with its second consecutive last-second win. The game-winning 3-pointer by Ohio State's LaQuinton Ross was the first game-tying or go-ahead shot Ross has attempted in the final minute of any game in his career.

Ross joined Marquette's Vander Blue, La Salle's Tyrone Garland, and Buckeyes teammate Aaron Craft as the only players in the past two tournaments to make a potential game-tying or go-ahead field goal in the final 10 seconds of a game. Players have made the last three such shot attempts after making one of the previous 26 dating back to the 2011 tournament.

Also of note: Ohio State's defense stepped up late in possessions in its victory against Arizona on Thursday, limiting the Wildcats to 8-for-29 (27.6 percent) on shots that came after two or more passes, including 4-for-17 (23.5 percent) in the second half. Arizona was more efficient on offense when passing once or fewer, shooting 15-for-23 (65.2 percent) from the field.

Syracuse defense dominates
A No. 1 seed went down as Syracuse handled Indiana with relative ease, holding the Hoosiers to their season low in points, field-goal percentage and 3-point percentage.

The Hoosiers fell to 0-7 against Big East teams in the NCAA tournament since beating Syracuse to win the national title in 1987.

Indiana’s 50 points were its second-fewest in an NCAA tournament game in the shot-clock era and its fewest points scored as a No. 1-seeded team.

Indiana shot 28.6 percent and had 16 turnovers against Syracuse's zone. The Hoosiers had nine of their 42 field-goal attempts against the zone blocked. They entered the game shooting 52.8 percent against zone defenses this season, fourth-best in the nation.

Michael Carter-Williams scored 24 points, 39 percent of Syracuse’s total. That’s the sixth-highest percentage of points any player has scored in a win over a No. 1 seed. Carter-Williams had more steals (4) than any of the five players ahead of him.

Easy for Wichita State
Wichita State improved to 4-1 all-time in the Round of 16 with its win over La Salle. It will make its first Elite Eight appearance since 1981.

The victory snapped an eight-game losing streak for the Missouri Valley Conference in Sweet 16 games, with the last win being that Wichita State victory in 1981.

La Salle shot 35.7 percent from the field, its lowest percentage by far in its four NCAA tournament games. The Explorers could not shoot well enough (7-for-28 outside the paint) to offset their being outrebounded by 18 and being outscored in the paint by 14.

Carl Hall dominated the paint in this game, going 7-for-9 on shots there, accounting for 14 of the Shockers' 40 points in the paint.

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