Marquette Does Not Show Up Against Ranked Opponents

By Horran Cameron
Jeff Hanisch USA TODAY Sports

The Marquette Golden Eagles are an interesting team. Marquette does not fare well against the better teams in the NCAA. For instance, take a look at their schedule. Marquette lost to the Butler Bulldogs, the Florida Gators, the Cincinnati Bearcats, the Louisville Cardinals and the Georgetown Hoyas. Their only win against a nationally ranked team came on Jan. 5th, 2013, when they faced Georgetown. Marquette won this game, 49-48, in overtime.

Marquette’s quality of wins and losses will come into play when seedings are compiled for the 2013 NCAA Tournament. Marquette has positioned itself as one of the best teams in the Big East Conference. They are currently in a three-way tie with the Syracuse  Orange and Georgetown. With significant games against Syracuse and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish left on their schedule, Marquette has the opportunity to change their fortune. Marquette could end up being the No. 1 seed in the Big East Tournament or they could be the No. 9 seed. There are nine teams that have a chance to win finish the regular season with the best record in the Big East.

Now is the perfect to go on a winning streak, since the Big East Conference Tournament and the NCAA Tournament, take place in four to five weeks. Marquette’s strength has been their defense. Most of their opponents’ final scores range between the 40’s and 60’s. As long as Marquette continues to play good defense and slow their opponents down, they will have a lot of games to play in March.

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