On Monday afternoon, Marquette women’s basketball knocked off #23 Creighton in the Big East tournament semifinals. That’s a pretty good win for the Golden Eagles, especially after losing both regular season games to the Bluejays.
Even better than that, ESPN’s Charlie Creme thought the Golden Eagles were deserving of a boost in their seed line in his bracketology on Monday morning.
I’ve got good news and bad news for you when it comes to that. The bad news is that ESPN doesn’t archive Creme’s past brackets like they do for the men’s bracket that Joe Lunardi assembles, so I can’t show you that bracket with the Golden Eagles sitting as a #7 seed. The good news is that Creme hasn’t moved Marquette at all in his newest update on Tuesday morning, right down to the first round game against #10 seed Purdue. The interesting thing is that Creme still has the green up signal arrow on the Golden Eagles, so I’m not 100% sure if that’s a boo-boo or if the win over Creighton nudges MU up amongst the #7 seeds. If that’s the case, a win over DePaul in the Big East final on Tuesday night might push MU up to a #6 seed, and that would be A-OK by me.
DePaul checks in as a #4 seed in this iteration of bracketology, while Creighton rounds out the Big East’s participation as a #8 seed. St. John’s wasn’t knocked backwards by their semifinal loss to the Blue Demons, but they also weren’t helped by it. The Red Storm is sitting there as the 8th team outside the 64 team field, and I sure don’t expect them to suddenly pop in when the field is announced next Monday night.
Elsewhere in Marquette opponent news, Oregon State is a #2 seed and would actually be hosting the Golden Eagles for the first two rounds. It’s possible that bracketing rules would actually prohibit this since it’s a regular season rematch in the second round. If it is allowed, I’m totally here for the Golden Eagles getting a chance to pop the Beavers in the mouth on their own floor again to get to the Sweet 16. Arizona State is sitting as a #7 seed alongside the Golden Eagles, while Green Bay is slotting in as a #9 seed. Western Illinois shows up as a #13 seed, but the Leathernecks are holding down the Summit League’s automatic bid slot. They need to beat IUPUI in their title game on Tuesday afternoon in order to get into the tournament.
You can check out Creme’s full bracket right here.
Marquette returns to action at 8pm on Tuesday night when they play DePaul in the Big East tournament championship game. You can either make your way down to the McGuire Center for the game or catch it on FS1.