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1.29 Bracket Watch

Things are looking up for a strong showing by both Marquette's current conference and their future conference in this year's NCAA tournament.

I really don't get what's going on with these new dance team outfits.
I really don't get what's going on with these new dance team outfits.
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No one's surprised to see Villanova jump into everyone's bracket outlook after their two court storming level wins this past week, but noted Marquette mark Andy Glockner over at Sports Illustrated saw fit to put St. John's into his prediction as well. That would make eight total teams that have been rumored to be included in The Seven's new conference in Glockner's prediction. It's hard to say if everyone would end up coming along for the ride, but that's one hell of a conference if it comes together.

On to the predictions!

SB NATION:
Marquette:
Rising to a 6 seed vs 11 seed La Salle
Big East: Eight teams - Syracuse (2), Louisville (3), Cincinnati (5), Marquette (6), Georgetown (7), Notre Dame (8), Pittsburgh (9), Villanova (12)
The Seven: Three teams - Marquette, Georgetown, Villanova
Rumored Partners: Butler (3), Gonzaga (3), Creighton (5), VCU (8)

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED:
Marquette:
5 seed vs 12 seed Middle Tennessee State
Big East: Nine teams - Louisville (2), Syracuse (2), Marquette (5), Georgetown (6), Cincinnati (7), Notre Dame (9), Villanova (11), Pittsburgh (12), St. John's (12)
The Seven: Four teams - Marquette, Georgetown, St. John's, Villanova
Rumored Partners: Butler (3), Gonzaga (3), Creighton (4), VCU (8)
Marquette Bubble Watch Blurb:

Co-leaders of the Big East! Everyone saw that coming after seven games, right? Now they get a chance to kick Louisville while they're semi-down this weekend at the Yum! Five of the next seven are away from the Bradley Center, so we'll see if they can maintain their position.

ESPN:
Marquette:
Rising to a 6 seed vs 11 seed Middle Tennessee State
Big East: Eight teams - Syracuse (2), Louisville (3), Cincinnati (4), Marquette (6), Georgetown (8), Notre Dame (8), Pittsburgh (9), Villanova (12)
The Seven: Three teams - Marquette, Georgetown, Villanova
Rumored Partners: Gonzaga (2), Butler (3), Creighton (5), VCU (7)

CBS SPORTS (note: posted on Monday):
Marquette: 8 seed vs 9 seed LaSalle
Big East: Eight teams - Syracuse (2), Louisville (4), Cincinnati (5), Marquette (8), Notre Dame (8), Pittsburgh (8), Georgetown (9), Villanova (11)
The Seven: Three teams - Marquette, Georgetown, Villanova
Rumored Partners: Butler (3), Gonzaga (3), Creighton (6), VCU (9)