The fourth-ranked Marquette Golden Eagles easily manhandled the top-ranked Kansas Jayhawks on Tuesday night in Maui by a final score of 73-59. With the win, Marquette advances to the Maui Championship game, and they will face another tough team against the second-ranked Purdue Boilermakers. The game will tip off at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN.
It is quite possible that the winner of Wednesday’s contest will be the number one-ranked team in the country come Monday. Marquette’s defense was impressive from start to finish against Kansas.
Oso Ighodaro led the way for the Golden Eagles with 21 points and nine rebounds, along with two assists. Chase Ross scored 12 points off the bench, and Kam Jones also chipped in with 10 points for the Golden Eagles.
What was impressive for Marquette was that they were able to hold Hunter Dickinson to only 13 points for the Jayhawks. Kansas is a very impressive college basketball team, and it was a statement that the Golden Eagles and Shaka Smart’s squad were able to handle Bill Self’s squad like that rather easily.
Marquette Golden Eagles Fans and Other College Basketball Fans React to the Win Over Top Ranked Kansas Jayhawks
Some people are not surprised that Marquette beat Kansas, but some were surprised how badly they manhandled them from start to finish. Here is what some of the fans had to say about it on Twitter:
Marquette Golden Eagles. That’s it. That’s the tweet.
— Seth Wilhelm (@therealhelm) November 22, 2023
One of the most famous quotes in history is “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”
Fact is, the Marquette Golden Eagles aren’t broken and haven’t let us down yet so why stop now?
Marquette ML at 5pm against Purdue. Keep the faith in our boys
— Stew🏀 (@StewyHoops) November 22, 2023
— Kevin Flynn (@kflynn023) November 22, 2023
This win for the Golden Eagles over the Jayhawks goes to show that they can be very well in contention for the number one overall seed in the NCAA Tournament come March. A lot can happen between now and then, but this is a great step in the right direction. This fanbase hasn’t seen a Final Four appearance in 20 years and a National Championship in several decades.