Several individual awards handed out during event
Madison native second team all-league in 2012-13
Numerous team/individual accomplishments
Gardner averaged 14 points in MU's games in D.C.
The Golden Eagles struggled against Syracuse's defense in a 55-39 loss.
All-East Regional selections Vander Blue and Davante Gardner recap Marquette's NCAA Tournament Elite 8 run, which ended with a 55-39 loss to Syracuse.
Comments from Vander Blue and coach Buzz Williams during a media availability session prior to Marquette's flight to Washington, D.C. for Sweet 16 NCAA Tournament action on March 26, 2013.
The path to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 for Marquette officially began with Selection Sunday - and was clinched with the win over Butler on Saturday, March 25 - we've boiled down the best moments over the six days to 160 seconds.
Post-game comments from Jamil Wilson and Vander Blue following Marquette's 74-72 win over Butler in the Third Round of the NCAA Tournament in Lexington, Ky on March 23, 2013.
Marquette's Vander Blue made the winning shot with one second remaining to lift MU to a 59-58 win over Davidson in the Second Round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. on March 21, 2013.
Marquette fell to Syracuse 55-39 in the elite eight of the NCAA Tournament.
Marquette Men's Basketball vs. Syracuse in the 2013 NCAA Elite Eight game
Marquette defeated Miami 71-61 in the NCAA Tournament to advance to the elite eight.
Marquette Men's Basketball vs. Miami in the 2013 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
Marquette defeated Butler 74-72
2012-13 Season Notes: NCAA All-East Region Team member ...All-BIG EAST Second Team selection ... Recipient of program's Most Improved Player and Most Valuable Performers awards ... Scored a team- and individual-season high 21 points in loss against Butler (Nov. 19) in Maui Invitational, includng 3-of-5 shooting from 3-point range ... Scored 18 points vs. Mississippi State (Nov. 20) on 8-of-14 shooting while adding three assists ... Did not play against UMBC (Nov. 26) due to a knee injury suffered during the USC game (Nov. 21) ... Named to all-tournament team of Maui Invitational ... After missing one game, returned from knee injury to lead MU with 20 points at Florida (Nov. 29) ... Recorded four of the team's nine steals vs. Wisconsin (Dec. 8), matching a career-high, while scoring 15 of his 17 points in the first half ... Went 6-of-11 from the floor, including 3-of-5 from long range in the win over North Carolina Central (Dec. 29) and paced MU with 16 points ... Was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll (Jan. 14) after leading MU past Pittsburgh (Jan. 12) in an overtime contest, scoring a team-high 22 points, including a season-best nine from the charity stripe in 40 minutes of action ... Brought down a season-best eight boards and led MU with 19 points at Cincinnati (Jan. 19) ... Connected on a career-high 13 field goals and shot 65.0 percent from the floor to set a new career-high 30 points in win vs. USF (Jan. 28), while also grabbing six rebounds ... Had a 17-point showing at Louisville (Feb. 3) ... Named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Feb. 4) Led Marquette in scoring for the fourth-straight game, tallying 18 points, including a perfect 8-of-8 mark from the charity stripe, against DePaul (Feb. 9) ... Shot .500-or-better for 13th time this season vs. Pittsburgh (Feb. 16), knocking down 7-of-8 (87.5 percent) from the field and leading MU with 19 points ... Scored a team-best 19 points in MU's win at Seton Hall (Feb. 19) ... Tallied a game-high 22 points at Rutgers (March 5) on 8-of-16 shooting from the floor and 5-of-5 from the foul line, while chipping in four rebounds, three assists and a steal ... Tallied 16 points at St. John's (March 9), including the game-winning basket on a layup at the buzzer to help MU claim a share of the 2013 BIG EAST title; also added five rebounds ... Also scored the game-winning basket with one second remaining in a 59-58 win over Davidson (March 21) in the NCAA Second Round, scoring 14 of his team-high 16 points in the second half ... Poured in a game-high 29 points in Third-Round victory Butler (March 23); went 9-of-15 from the field (3-of-4 from 3-point range) and 8-of-8 from the foul line against the Bulldogs ... Added 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field in Sweet 16 win over No. 2-seeded Miami (March 28) ... Scored a team-high 14 points, including 6-of-7 mark from the free throw line, in Elite Eight loss to No. 4-seed Syracuse (March 30), while also bringing down five rebounds.
2011-12 Season Notes:Scored 10 points in the season-opening win over Mount St. Mary's (Nov. 11), all in the second half, while shooting 5-of-8 field; added four assists and a team-best four steals, matching a career-high ... Had 14 points and six assists vs. Norfolk State (Nov. 14) ... Posted a career-]high 26 points vs. Winthrop (Nov. 18) while shooting 7-of-9 from the field including 2-of-2 from 3-point range and 10-of-13 shooting from the foul line .... Had a game-high four steals vs. Mississippi (Nov. 20), tying a personal career high ... Tallied a career high seven assists and matched career highs with nine rebounds and four steals in win over Jacksonsville (Nov. 28) ... Played a career-high 33 minutes at Wisconsin (Dec. 3) and finished with nine points and a game-high eight rebounds ... Chipped in 11 points and led MU with two steals in win over Washington (Dec. 6) ... Led the MU backcourt with 14 points and seven rebounds vs. Green Bay (Dec. 10) while adding four assists and three steals ... Scored 18 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field and was 8-of-11 from the free throw line vs. Northern Colorado (Dec. 17) ... Recorded seven points, seven rebounds and four assists vs. Villanova (Jan. 1) ... Dished out a game-high six assists with just one turnover in 31 minutes of action vs. Georgetown (Jan. 4) ... Posted five assists, nine points and seven rebounds at Syracuse (Jan. 7) ... Tallied nine points and six rebounds in just 16 minutes of action at Villanova (Jan. 28) and sank four free throws in the final 34 seconds remaining to help preserve the come-from-behind victory ... Shot 7-of-10 from the field and finished with 16 points and eight rebounds vs. Seton Hall (Jan. 31), including five of the team's eight offensive boards in the win over the Pirates ... Posted 12 points and seven rebounds, both team highs, in loss at Notre Dame (Feb. 4) ... Scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half at DePaul (Feb. 6), including 6-of-6 shooting from the foul line in the final stanza ... Chipped in 14 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field and 5-of-6 shooting from the foul line vs. Cincinnati (Feb. 11) in addition to a team-high seven rebounds and four assists ... One of three MU players to score in double figures, finishing with 10 points vs. Rutgers (Feb. 22) ... Led MU bench with 10 points, six rebounds and a game-high three steals while going a perfect 4-of-4 from the foul line in the second half at West Virginia (Feb. 24) ... Pitched in seven points, six rebounds, three assists and a steal at Cincinnati (Feb. 29) ... Tallied 13 points and was 7-of-9 from the foul line vs. Georgetown (Mar. 3) ... Scored eight points and grabbed five boards vs. BYU (Mar. 15) ... Brought down a team-high eight rebounds and chipped in four points against Florida (Mar. 22).
2010-11 Season Notes: Earned his first collegiate start in MU's season-opening win over Prairie View A&M (Nov. 12), contributing seven points, seven rebounds, five assists and a team-high three blocks and four steals ... Tallied five of his eight points during MU's 24-0 run against Bucknell (Nov. 14), including a 3-pointer with 6:35 left in the second half to pull MU within one at 57-56 after trailing by as many as 13 points ... Recorded 14 points on 70.0 percent shooting (7-of-10) vs. Green Bay (Nov. 17) ... Handed out a career-high six assists vs. South Dakota (Nov. 20) ... Pitched in five points, four rebounds and a pair of steals vs. Duke (Nov. 22) ... Went 4-of-4 from the free throw line and was 4-of-8 from the field, scoring 12 points vs. Longwood (Dec. 4) ... Shot 9-of-13 from the floor en route to scoring a game- and career-high 21 points vs. Texas A&M-CC (Dec. 7) with four assists, three steals and a game-high two blocks ... Named BIG EAST Rookie of the Week (Dec. 13) ... Went 8-of-10 from the field while posting team-highs in points (16) and assists (5) in addition to a career-high nine rebounds vs. Centenary (Dec. 18) ... Went 9-of-11 from the free throw line and had 15 points, three steals, five assists and a team-high two blocks vs. Mississippi Valley State (Dec. 21) ... Scored nine of his 10 points, including all four field goals, in the second half vs. Vanderbilt (Dec. 29) ... Shot 5-of-6 from the floor and finished with 12 points vs. DePaul (Jan. 18) ... Tied Jimmy Butler with a team-high six rebounds vs. USF (Feb. 9) in his first BIG EAST start ... Had a team-high five rebounds vs. Seton Hall (Mar. 5) ... Grabbed seven rebounds while chipping in four points in 16 minutes of action in opening-round win over Providence (Mar. 8) at the BIG EAST Championship.
Summer, 2010:Member of USA Basketball U18 National Team ... Competed in the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in San Antonio, Texas ... Led Team USA to the gold medal with an 81-78 victory over Brazil in the title game ... Scored personal tourney-best 13 points in the championship game ... Started all five games and averaged 7.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game ... Finished second on the roster and eighth among all tourney participants in steals ... Team also earned a berth in the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship in Latvia.
High School:Consensus top-40 prospect according to the national recruiting outlets, including a ranking of 24th among players in the 2010 class by Rivals.com ... Ranked 34th by Scout.com, 27th by HoopScoopOnline.com, 31st in the ESPNU Top 100 and 35th by Hoopmasters.com ... Concluded his career at Madison Memorial High School ranked third all-time in scoring (1,269 points), second in assists (211) and first in steals (179) ... Program claimed a trio of regional and sectional titles during his tenure and posted an overall record of 72-9 ... Led team to the state title game in 2009-10, posting season averages of 16.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game ... Spartans finished 23-5 overall ... Claimed second-straight appearance on Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Division I All-State Team, earning a unanimous selection ... All-conference honoree ... Helped the Spartans to the state title in 2008-09 under head coach Steve Collins ... Averaged 17.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game en route to all-conference and all-state accolades ... The Spartans concluded the campaign 26-1 and Blue's 458 points were the sixth-best single-season total in school history ... Averaged 13.0 points and 5.8 rebounds per outing as a sophomore and helped the team to the state championship game ... Named to the all-city squad and also earned a spot on the all-league roster ... Second on the roster in steals and blocked shots.
Personal:Born July 17, 1992 in Milwaukee, Wis. ... Son of Rita Blue ... majoring in communication studies.
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