Since we did our last check on Marquette‘s bracketology projections, the Golden Eagles have gone 1-1 with a road loss to Butler and a home win over DePaul. Most of the brackets that we’re going to check on here were set up before the win over DePaul, though, so keep the timing of that in mind as you continue to read. Don’t worry, it’s actually kind of impressive, as MU seems to have moved up a little bit even with that loss on their record.
SB Nation (1/16): The Golden Eagles are sitting pretty with a #9 seed, which gives them a first round game against #8 Ohio State. The winner would (probably) get #1 Kansas in that scenario, and the games would be in Wichita, a noted advantage for the Jayhawks there. There are seven Big East teams in Chris Dobbertean’s field: Villanova (#1), Seton Hall (#4), Xavier (#5), Creighton (#6), Butler (#7), and Providence (#11), with the Friars having to head to Dayton for the First Four.
ESPN (1/15): Would you like to see Marquette go play in Dallas? That’d be fun, as Joe Lunardi has the Golden Eagles headed to the Lone Star State as a #10 seed. That brings a first round game against #7 Arkansas and a potential second round game against Texas Tech. As will likely be the case for most of these, ESPN has seven Big East teams in the field: Villanova (#1), Xavier (#3), Seton Hall (#4), Creighton (#7), Butler (#9), and Providence (#11). The Friars are the very last team into the field, though.
CBS (1/15): I really like how Jerry Palm thinks. He has Marquette as a #8 seed in his most recent bracket, with a first round game against #9 Florida State. The winner there would advance to a (likely) second round game against #1 Oklahoma in the Midwest bracket, and boy, that would be a hell of a game for Marquette. There are seven Big East teams in this version of field of 68: Villanova (#1), Xavier (#3), Seton Hall (#5), Creighton (#6), Butler (#7), and Providence (#11). Here, the Friars get in the field cleanly.
Sports Illustrated (1/15): First of all: BOO on SI for making me read a graphic to find Marquette’s name instead of being able to use Command+F like an adult. In any case, MU is sitting as a #11 seed in Michael Beller’s first Bracket Watch of the season. That gives them a first round game against Ohio State, and a second round game against either #3 Kansas or #14 Vermont. Unless the NCAA changed the rules (likely, to be honest), I think this bracketing is not allowed, as this would be a regular season rematch in the second round for Marquette and Vermont. Or maybe that’s just for conference opponents?? ANYWAY, there are six Big East teams in Beller’s bracket: Villanova (#1), Xavier (#3), Seton Hall (#4), Creighton (#6), and Butler (#9). Providence earns a spot in the “Next Four Out.”
NBC Sports (1/15): I’m not a big fan of what Dave Ommen has done with Marquette here. GOOD NEWS: The Golden Eagles are a #9 seed. BAD NEWS: It means a first round game against #8 Louisville. WORSE NEWS: A win would (likely) mean a second round game against #1 West Virginia. BLEH. We’re back to seven teams in here: Villanova (#1), Xavier (#3), Seton Hall (#4), Creighton (#7), Butler (#8), and Providence (#10). Another clean entry to the field for Ed Cooley’s team.
Sporting News (??): I’m not exactly sure when Ryan Fagan’s projection was posted. It says “9:14am” as I assemble this on Wednesday, but it also has Oklahoma with only two losses, and the Sooners earned their third loss of the season against Kansas State on Tuesday. Oh well. This is the weakest of Marquette’s individual person bracket creations, as Fagan has the Golden Eagles as a #11 seed, and just two spots clear from the First Four. He doesn’t do a bracket, but that would be a first round game against a group of #6 seeds that includes Gonzaga, Michigan, TCU, and Tennessee. Once again, Marquette joins six other Big East teams to make it seven from the league in the field: Villanova (#1), Xavier (#3), Seton Hall (#5), Creighton (#7), Butler (#8), and Providence (#11). Back to Dayton with the Friars in this projection.
Bracket Matrix (1/17, 9:30pm Update): As you can tell, overall feelings regarding Marquette are running high. The conglomeration of the brackets from across the internet average Marquette out at 9.62 for their seed, but that shakes out to a #10 seed when you take every other team into account. Marquette appears in 81 of the 88 brackets, so there’s still room for growth there. A #10 seed would mean a game against a #7 seed, and that group is currently made up of Creighton (of course, Marquette can not play the Bluejays in the first round), Miami, Florida, and Rhode Island. Marquette is seven Big East teams in the field, as they are joined by Villanova (#1), Xavier (#3), Seton Hall (#4), Creighton (#7), Butler (#9), and Providence (#11). Providence is the second to last team into the field.