Two weeks ago, Marquette women’s basketball was drifting dangerously close to the at-large cut line of the NCAA tournament.
With a 3-1 record since then, however, the Golden Eagles are on the rise in the eyes of ESPN’s Charlie Creme. The Worldwide Leader’s women’s basketball bracketologist has Marquette as a #8 seed in the bracket outlook that he published on Tuesday afternoon. That’s one spot better than the #9 seed that they held last week, and two spots better than the #10 they were clinging to the week before that.
Creme has the Golden Eagles matched up with #9 West Virginia in the first round, with the game taking place in Storrs, Connecticut. That is, of course, the home of the University of Connecticut, and yes, that means the MU/WVU winner would advance to face #1 seed UConn in the first round, or, in the case of a major upset, #16 Sacred Heart out of thHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA ohhhhhh, man I almost got through that without laughing.
There are three Big East squads in this version of the field of 64. DePaul pops in as a #5 seed, even though the NCAA just said they were a 4 seed last week and the Blue Demons did not lose since then, while Creighton is matching MU with a #8 seed, but with a trip to Waco (where Baylor is a #1 seed) instead of Storrs. We’re not that far from a fourth or fifth team from the league getting in, as Creme has St. John’s in the “First Four Out” department, while Georgetown pops up as “Next Four Out.”
As far as non-conference Marquette foes go, Oregon State is leading the way as the placeholder for the Pac 12’s automatic bid as a #3 seed. Arizona State shows up as a #7 seed, while Green Bay has earned enough for a #9 seed.
Marquette returns to action on Sunday when they host the aforementioned (and #17 ranked in the AP poll) DePaul Blue Demons at the McGuire Center. Tip off is set for 1pm and the game will be broadcast on FS2.
You can check out Creme’s full bracket right here.