Metuchen native Marqus Blakely takes his game to the NCAA tournament

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Those are highlights of local product and University of Vermont's top player, Marqus Blakely.  The two-time America East Conference player of the year guided Vermont over Boston University for the conference championship and the right to face Syracuse in the first round of the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament.  Check out the praise for Blakely from ESPN.com on Boston University's struggles to stop him:

John Holland tried his hand at guarding Marqus Blakely. Carlos Strong gave it his best shot, too. Jake O'Brien and Jeff Pelage together went after Blakely, Boston University's two best big men simultaneously getting in the face of Vermont's most explosive playmaker any time he got near the basket. Valdas Sirutis even was whistled for an intentional foul for wrapping his arms around Blakely -- and the ball wasn't even in play.

Syracuse is a top seed and a tough draw for Blakely's team.  However, Vermont has had success against the 'Cuse, beating them in the first round of the 2005 tournament.  The two teams tip-off this Friday night at 9:30 on CBS.

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