Marquette big man Chris Otule literally pops one of his eyes out [Photo]

Marquette Golden Eagles center Chris Otule (42) celebrates a play during the second half against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Marquette won 72-64. (Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)

Marquette Golden Eagles center Chris Otule (42) is able to perform at full capacity despite missing his left eye. (Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)

Marquette has kept its “eye on the prize” in 2013, earning a berth in the Elite Eight.

For Golden Eagles’ big man Chris Otule, that is an extremely literal statement. Otule was born without a left eye, a situation he explained to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel after his team upset No. 2-seed Miami in the Sweet 16, 71-61.

“I guess you could call it glaucoma,” Otule said in an interview with the Journal-Sentinel. “I was born with one eye, actually, and the other one wasn’t fully developed. So I had to get an artificial (left) eye, since I was one or two. And every time I grew out of it, I had to go back to the doctor and they’d make a new one …

“I’ve always had one eye,” Otule said. “It didn’t happen in the middle of my life; I’ve had it since birth. If I hadn’t had it since birth, it would probably be difficult to adjust to. But I’ve always been used to it, since I’ve had it since birth.”

One eye or not, Otule and his teammates have been able to stay focused — and that has proven extremely unfortunate for the other teams in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

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