Louisville knocks off No. 9 Marquette in Big East quarters

Louisville upset No. 9 Marquette, 84-71, in Thursday's Big East Tournament quarterfinals behind a balanced effort from Peyton Siva.

Siva finished with 18 points, a career-high eight rebounds, six assists and four steals. Kyle Kuric had a team-high 20 points and Chane Behanan chipped in 12 and eight rebounds.

The seventh-seeded Cardinals (24-9), who downed Seton Hall on Wednesday, ousted Marquette in the quarterfinals for the second consecutive year. They will play the winner of South Florida/Notre Dame in Friday's semifinals.

The Golden Eagles (25-7), seeded second, hadn't played since March 3 after earning their first-ever double bye in the Big East Tournament.

Darius Johnson-Odom scored a game-high 23 points in defeat while Jamil Wilson added 13 and eight rebounds. Big East Player of the Year Jae Crowder had 10 points and 12 rebounds but shot just 4-of-13 from the field.

The Cardinals never trailed and led by as many as 15 late in the second half.

They grabbed a 21-6 advantage to start and were up 32-21 before Marquette unleashed a 12-2 run

Wilson had four points while Johnson-Odom and Crowder also scored during the push, which pulled the Golden Eagles within one, 34-33.

Louisville responded, closing the first half with a 16-7 burst behind five points from Kuric to lead by double digits, 50-40, at the break.

The Golden Eagles outscored Louisville 10-4 to open the second half, cutting their deficit to four, 54-50, on Vander Blue's layup, but they would get no closer.

A three-pointer from Kuric and two free throws from Russ Smith quickly pushed the Louisville advantage to nine and it surpassed double-digits, 65-54, minutes later on a pair of Kuric foul shots.

The Cardinals cruised from there, as four straight free throws from Russ Smith made it 79-64 in the closing minutes, marking the largest lead of the game.

Game Notes

Louisville leads the all-time series, 41-26...The Cardinals downed Seton Hall, 61-55, in Wednesday's second-round matchup...Marquette had won its first game of the Big East Tournament in each of the previous five years.