Marquette muscles way into Sweet 16

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Marquette is going to the Sweet 16, which is like saying the sweat-soaked dress shirts of MU coach Buzz Williams are going to the dry cleaners. It's almost a given.

Saturday evening at the KFC Yum! Center, Marquette defeated Murray State, 62-53, in a game that was part MMA, part football and all big-boy basketball. Unless you lost a body part on a play, the refs swallowed their whistles.

"We're thankful," said Williams. "I thought the physicality game was as much as we have seen in a long time."

Get a large bag of truck lug nuts. Now hit yourself repeatedly in the face and chest with them. That's what it's like to go 40 minutes against Williams' Golden Eagles.

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