The Marquette Golden Eagles didn’t want to leave their NCAA Tournament hopes in the hands of the selection committee, so they went out and beat up Providence 87-66 in the opening round of the Big East Tournament on Tuesday night.
Darius Johnson-Odom had a game-high 23 points and Jimmy Butler added 19 points and 10 rebounds, improving to 19-13 on the season
Marquette, which shot 57% from the field, will face West Virginia in the second round of the tournament tonight. Tip-off is set for 8:30pm.
The Golden Eagles scored the first 17 points to set the tone for the night.