Marquette and Washington are putting on a shooting clinic. They are both shooting over 50 percent from the field, and they are a combined 13 for 20 from the 3-point line.
The team that plays the better defense in the second half will come out on top. With both teams shooting well, the game is fast and high flying. The best defense can be pressing the opponent after a made shot or good footwork down low to force charges.
Marquette needs to keep shooting well, but the baskets aren’t their problem. The problem is stopping Washington. They don’t want to go bucket for bucket until the game ends. They want to force turnovers and make Washington take contested shots. When they score, they need to make Washington work to get to the other end of the floor.
Washington is in a similar situation. If they score, Marquette cannot easily stroll to the basket. They need to make the Golden Eagles shoot shots they didn’t want to attempt. The Huskies will need to continue to shoot well from the 3-point line as well. They are six for eight so far, and they haven’t been contested when they get the shot. Marquette 43, Washington 42.