While the men’s basketball team is experiencing a bit of turbulence in terms of their bracketology outlook from week to week, the Marquette women’s basketball team has leveled out a bit.
Head coach Carolyn Kieger and her squad wrapped up the regular season on Sunday afternoon on a five game winning streak over the past three weeks, and on Tuesday, ESPN’s Charlie Creme had them as a #8 seed in the NCAA tournament in his bracketology snapshot for the third straight week.
After pitting MU against Tulane last week, Creme slots the Golden Eagles into an 8/9 game against Oregon, with the game taking place out in South Bend, Indiana. That, of course, means that it’s hosted by Notre Dame, and yes, a win over the Ducks would almost assuredly mean a second round game against the #1 seeded Fighting Irish. Unless, y’know, #16 Bethune-Cookman pulls the upset.
Marquette is one of three Big East teams in the field. DePaul stays steady as a #5 seed, while Creighton is also steady and holding as a #7 seed in the field. Georgetown Hoyas drops out of consideration from last week thanks to their 0-2 week against MU and DePaul, but St. John’s pops up in the First Four Out category. We’ll have to keep our eye on the Red Storm at the Big East tournament this coming weekend.
Three Marquette non-conference opponents find themselves in the field. Oregon State is a #2 seed and hosting the pod that Creighton will be playing in, Arizona State has a #7 seed, and Green Bay is holding onto a #10 seed as the automatic bid holder for the Horizon League. There is one #11 seed - Auburn - that is an at-large bid, so at least for right now, the Phoenix look to be able to have a chance at an at-large spot as well if they don’t secure the Horizon League tournament title.
You can check out Creme’s entire bracket right here.
Marquette returns to action on Sunday when they play Georgetown in the Big East tournament quarterfinals. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:30pm Central at the McGuire Center, because yes, that’s right: MU is hosting the tournament this season.