The real Marquette stands up

WASHINGTON -- The Marquette locker room never got too chaotic or hectic.

There was some exuberance, chatter and prayer before the media entered the room, according to the players. But there was nothing like the euphoria exhibited on the court as soon as Marquette dispatched Miami 71-61 to advance to the Elite Eight.

The Golden Eagles, who had held their emotions in check for 40 minutes save one guttural scream from Jamil Wilson on a block, waited until the domination was complete before letting loose. The players all ran to the Verizon Center side where the Marquette fans were located and shouted with joy, as senior Junior Cadougan yelled, "We're here!"

Yes they are.

And they deserve to be as much if not more than any other Elite Eight team.

To read the rest of Andy Katz's piece on Marquette, click here.