The Marquette Golden Eagles have surprised many this season with their outstanding performance in the Big East. The Golden Eagles are already guaranteed a top four finish in the Big East and a double-bye for the start of the Big East tournament, and are one win away from at least a share of the Big East regular season title. However, there is room for concern for the highly motivated Golden Eagles because the majority of their wins came at home.
Marquette had a perfect record at home, but this can be misleading. The Golden Eagles did not beat a ranked team away from home all season. Yes, winning away from home against ranked teams is a difficult feat, but the tournament is at a neutral site.
Another cause for concern is the fact that Marquette lost every true non-conference road game. The first loss was to the Florida Gators (who are very good so it can be overlooked), but the second away non-conference loss was to the Green Bay Pheonix who are 17-14 on the season and 170th in the RPI rankings.
The Golden Eagles are a different team away from home. If Marquette wants to succeed in the NCAA tournament like they have in the Big East, the Golden Eagles need to fix their away-from-home mentality either or convince their entire home crowd to attend every tournament game. The second one is not going to happen, so Coach Buzz William’s needs to let his team know that it can compete with any team in the country – even in a hostile environment.