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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Marquette Golden Eagles Mid-Season Report Card : PART 1

This is Part 1 in our 4 part series as Ryan Ellerbusch takes a look back at the Marquette Golden Eagles season thus far:

The Marquette University men’s basketball team (14-8, 5-4 Big East) has had an up-and-down season much like the rest of the Big East Conference throughout the 2010-11 season. Currently, eight teams in the Big East are ranked in the latest AP Top 25 poll, with Marquette narrowly missing the cut. The Big East is highly regarded as the best conference in college basketball and the Golden Eagles have had their share of close wins and losses in conference play thus far. Come NCAA tournament time in March, the Golden Eagles will have to prove to the NCAA tournament selection committee that their quality wins have outnumbered their close losses to a number of ranked opponents. Marquette’s victories over Notre Dame and Syracuse, both ranked 9th nationally at the time, have provided fans a reason to get excited about the possibility of making an NCAA tournament run. With approximately half of the Big East conference schedule left to play, the Golden Eagles will definitely have numerous opportunities to upset their opponents as they will played ranked foes Villanova, Georgetown, and Connecticut on the road and return home to The Bradley Center to face Cincinnati on Senior Night. Staying competitive and possibly pulling out a win or two out of those four games will put Marquette in great shape as long as they can continue to keep playing at a high level against the lower tier teams in the Big East, which will positively reflect on their resume. Overall, wins don’t come easy in the Big East and the Marquette Golden Eagles tournament chances are definitely within reach as seniors Jimmy Butler, Dwight Buycks, Joe Fulce, and Rob Frozena want nothing more than to end their careers at Marquette University on a high note.

Part 2 of 4 COMING SOON: Mid-Season Report Card - Marquette Guards

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