The Marquette Golden Eagles were counted out pretty earlier this season when they lost to the Florida Gators by 33 points, which was already their second loss of the season. However, the Golden Eagles fought back and ended up making it all of the way to the Elite Eight. Is it surprising that Marquette may be even better in the 2013-14 college basketball season?
Hopefully not because Marquette will return many players, including Vander Blue, who was not only the leading scorer on this team, but the best player.
Davante Gardner and Jamil Wilson will also be back. Both players were right behind Blue in the scoring department, ranking second and third on the team.
However, Marquette will be losing Junior Cadougan and Trent Lockett. Those players will be missed, but incoming freshmen and other players returning to the team will fill in very nicely.
Blue will enter the season as a serious Player of the Year candidate and for good reasons. Blue averaged 14.8 points per game on the year and he will likely improve that number in his senior year. Blue averaged 18.3 points per game in four NCAA Tournament games, so if Blue can average near that next season, the Golden Eagles will be a team that contends for a national championship once again.
The Golden Eagles won a share of the regular season Big East title and you can bet that they will compete for yet another regular season title next season. With so many players returning and a team filled with talent, it would not be a surprise if Marquette entered the regular season as a top 10 team.
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