"We thought we would come out with a win," Poole said. "So for it to end like this, you're upset, but you've just got to look at all the great things we've done this season, as well."
Marquette now looks to Phoenix, where it will play the winner of Norfolk State-Florida on Thursday. The Golden Eagles also made it to the regional semifinals last year before getting routed by North Carolina, and many expect them to go further this year now that Missouri is out of the way.
Not that the Golden Eagles want to hear any of that.
"I think it's even harder," Johnson-Odom said, who began shaking his head as soon as he heard the word "Missouri. "I don't think those seeds really mean too much of anything for us. We were an 11 seed, and we weren't expected to do anything last year. I think for us we're going to just have to stay focused on what we want to do, what's the goal for our team, things that we've been doing to continue the success we've been having."
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