Wilson, Marquette advance to Elite 8 [Basketball]

March 28, 2013

Derrick Wilson

Anchorage’s Derrick Wilson is a lot of hustle and muscle with a little playmaker sprinkled in.

The Marquette point guard tonight showed off both aspects of his all-around game as the No. 3 Golden Eagles beat No. 2 Miami 71-61 in the East Regional in Washington, D.C.

Marquette is now one win from reaching the Final Four for the first time since the D-Wade days.

Wilson, of East High fame, had a team-high three assists and he didn’t commit a turnover for the 22nd time this season.

Better known for his defense, the 6-foot-1 sophomore is a great on-ball defender who might lead the league in effort plays.

“He’s a pretty good player for never having scored in the NCAA Tournament,” Marquette coach Buzz Williams said in the post-game press conference. “I love Derrick.”

Wilson came off the bench to play just 12 minutes, but he made every second count. He was strong with the ball, played aggressive defense and made smart decisions.

Not surprising for a player with a 50-to-19 assist to turnover ratio.

In fact, he’s made just one turnover since Feb. 19 – that’s 114 minutes stretched over three games in the Big East Tournament and three games in the NCAA Tournament.