Conference: Big East Conference
How They Qualified: At-Large Berth
The Marquette Golden Eagles have been a good program for years now. Somehow, Buzz Williams and the boys always seemed to get overlooked while folks discuss these types of things. Now that they have won a share in the Big East Conference regular season title this year, expect more experts to be jumping on the Williams’ is an awesome coach bandwagon.
However, this team’s success should be no surprise. The Golden Eagles are coming off two straight Sweet Sixteen appearances in the NCAA Tournament and have played 30 games over .500 ball since Williams took over for Tom Crean in 2008.
What You Need to Know:
Leading Scorer: Vander Blue (14.4 ppg)
Leading Rebounder: Davante Gardner (4.8 rpg)
Leading Passer: Junior Cadougan (4.2 apg)
Bad Losses: UW-Green Bay
Good Wins: Georgetown, Syracuse, Pittsburgh (twice)
Like Williams, it seems like Marquette players don’t get the proper respect they deserve. Thanks to pre-college hype, Vander Blue has been under increased scrutiny in each season he has been with the team. This has been despite his ability to create his own shot and be an efficient basket-maker, shooting over .46 percent from the field.
Marquette is no longer that sneaky team from the Big East anymore. Don’t expect folks to think that they are an early out in the tourney. While filling out your precious brackets, just remember that Williams has only be knocked out of the first round once in his four previous tournament runs with the program.
The Marquette Golden Eagles are dancing!