With the 71-61 victory, Marquette advances to the Elite Eight for the first time since their Final Four run in 2003.
Jamil Wilson led the Golden Eagles (26-8) with 16 points off the bench. Vander Blue had 14, while Trent Lockett added 8 points and 11 rebounds.
Marquette will face Syracuse on Saturday afternoon at 3:30 in the regional final. The Orange knocked off top-seeded Indiana in the other semifinal in Washington, D. C. on Thursday night.
Also Thursday, Ohio State and Wichita State advanced to the West Regional final in Los Angeles.
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