Buzz Williams and the Marquette Golden Eagles probably feel embarrassed for the way they were bounced from the NCAA Tournament. The Syracuse Orange implemented their usual zone defense and the Golden Eagles could not make a basket to save their lives. However, Marquette should not think of this season on those terms alone. They did make it all the way to the Elite 8, which in itself is a great step in the right direction for the program.
Major, serious questions are going to pop-up for the program immediately. The Marquette athletic department better start digging in their sofa cushions as nearly every other university in the country is going to want to employee Williams. Luckily for the Golden Eagles is the fact that not only does Williams seems more than happy to be with the program, but there is not as many solid basketball schools in the nation as is theirs.
Then there is Vander Blue. Blue made a nice name for himself in the big dance. With the exception being his forgettable Elite 8 performance, Blue showed that he was always as good as his high school hype said he was going to be. Now the question will be if Blue will try to capitalize on it and declare early entry into the draft. Most think, although, that Blue is best served returning for his senior season.
Lastly, Marquette is off to join the new Big East Conference. Much like the old, old Big East, the new one is predicated on being a basketball league. The biggest difference between the original and now — the Golden Eagles have a chance to become the flagship program.
This was a good year for Marquette hoops. If everything continues going on the same path, while making sure Williams stays, nothing says that they won’t be back again next season.
Joe is a Senor Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JosephNardone