Marquette dropped its seventh game of the season to the Xavier Musketeers. The Golden Eagles are easily one of the most disappointing teams of the 2013-14 college basketball season. Is making the NCAA tournament even a possibility for them right now?
Marquette has lost to Ohio State, Arizona State, San Diego State, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Creighton and Xavier. That is one, two or maybe even three too many losses. With that said, all of those teams could wind up in the dance. If that is in fact the case, and if the Golden Eagles continue to lose to teams that are good enough to make the tourney, then why should they make it?
Who cares if the Golden Eagles are a good team in college hoops on a yearly basis and who cares if they made the Elite Eight last season. Neither are the case this season.
It’s definitely not impossible for Marquette to make the tourney. Conference play is still young and there are enough talented teams in the conference for it to beat, which would then lead to an at-large bid. The only problem is this team is not capable of beating teams as good as it or better. Not right now that is.
The Golden Eagles could always win the Big East tournament and earn an automatic bid. That would make for a lot of excitement.
At 9-7, Marquette is not a tournament team, but I guess it is still possible for it to dance. Buzz Williams‘ team is going to have to get much better in a hurry, though. After a rough non-conference schedule outing, this is not the way his team wanted to start conference play (1-2 in the Big East standings). Hopefully it doesn’t get any worse, but no signs are pointing to this team’s season getting any better.