Marquette Is The Team To Beat In the Big East

By John Hayden
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With six more games left in the Big East, the Marquette Golden Eagles looks like the team to beat. They clearly have played the best overall game in the conference so far this season. They have only two home games left which are against two teams in theTop 25, Syracuse and Notre Dame. So go ahead and mark February 25 on your calendar, the winner of this Marquette and Syracuse will be the Big East regular season champion.

The Golden Eagles only losses have been on the road this season to Louisville, Georgetown, and a fluke loss to Cincinnati. They have the opportunity to also get a high seed in the NCAAB tourney which is just a few weeks away. Coach Buzz Williams has his team ready at the right time heading into March. They are playing as a team and are having fun at it. They aren’t thinking about the next play, they are just running it.

They play tough on both sides of the ball, they hustle after every 50-50 ball, they crash the boards with a vengeance, and they have a great court awareness. They trust each other as a team and know where each other is at all times on the court. That was evident in the game against Pittsburgh this weekend.

Vander Blue has been the one consistent player for this team averaging more than 27 minutes per contest and he is the leading scorer. When Blue is hot, this team will win games and coach Williams loves playing the hot hand, but sticks to his guns by playing a deep bench to help rest his team in their fast-paced playing style. He plays a deep 10-man rotation and that is a perfect way to throw off the opponents. You can never know who will slap you in the face and step up his own game on any given night. Players like Davante Gardner, Jake Thomas, Trent Lockett, and Jamil Wilson have been great contributors to this team and will help them keep soaring in postseason.

They are not the greatest on shooting behind the arc shooting the tri-factor but they are more happy driving and scoring in the paint and taking it to the rim. Their defense is above average and can be suffocating at times. This team is on fire and being at home playing the two most important games on their schedule will help them win the Big East.

John D. Hayden  is a Writer and Contributor for, covering the NCAA and NBA.  Follow John on twitter @jdhayden09, or add his Google +  to your circles for all of his latest articles, thoughts, and rants.

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