Will the Marquette Golden Eagles Be the Best Team In the Big East?

By Trevor Lowry
Marquette Golden Eagles
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The Marquette Golden Eagles will be losing their best player in Vander Blue, but is it possible for them to be the best team in the Big East in the 2013-14 college basketball season?

ESPN’s Jeff Goodman seems to think so. In a recent power ranking he ranked the Golden Eagles No. 1 in the conference.

With that in mind, winning the conference title will not be easy. This conference may not consist of Louisville or Syracuse anymore, but it gained the Creighton Bluejays. Creighton will have a good enough team to compete for a national championship, so you better believe that it will be good enough to win the Big East.

Other teams that should challenge for a conference title are the Villanova Wildcats, Georgetown Hoyas, Xavier Musketeers and the St. John’s Red Storm.

All of the teams listed above should dance this year. However, the season is still far away and things tend to change in the course of a season.

Still, Marquette is clearly getting a lot of buzz despite Blue no longer being on the team (among other players). The Golden Eagles have enough pieces returning, though, and they also have a solid recruiting class coming in.

This is a team that won 26 games just a season ago and won a share of the regular season Big East title. They finished with a conference record of 14-4 and they could easily pull off that feat once again in the 2013-14 season.

Whether the case, this will be one of the many teams to watch out for once the new season starts.

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