I’m just going to warn you right now that even though Marquette got a big season saving win over Seton Hall last night, the bracketologies from around the internet have not all updated since that game went final. In fact, very few of them have. You’re getting a look at the projections before that win, so factor that in to what you’re seeing here.
Also: You’re not going to like what you see, generally speaking.
SB Nation (2/6): Fourth team out on Tuesday morning. See what I mean about factoring the publication time in? The Golden Eagles find themselves trailing SMU, Temple, and UCLA here, with Syracuse, Georgia (hey, remember those guys?), LSU (also familiar), and Western Kentucky. I think it’s safe to say that Marquette would greatly benefit from the Bulldogs and the Tigers pushing their way into the field. With Marquette on the outside, the Big East has six teams in: Villanova (#1), Xavier (#1), Seton Hall (#5), Creighton (#7), Providence (#7), and Butler (#8).
ESPN (2/8): Second team out, and this is AFTER beating Seton Hall. Syracuse is ahead of Marquette here, with UCLA and Nebraska trailing along behind. St. Bonaventure, Temple, Western Kentucky, and SMU are also under consideration. I suspect these teams may keep popping up. Joe Lunardi has the Big East with six teams in: Villanova (#1), Xavier (#1), Creighton (#6), Seton Hall (#7), Butler (#7), and Providence (#10).
CBS (2/5): Not even on the board. Jerry Palm lists 27 teams as “on the bubble,” and Marquette is not one of them. That is HARSH. His first four out are Kansas State, Boise State, St. Bonaventure, and UCF. There are six teams from the Big East in the field: Villanova (#1), Xavier (#1), Creighton (#7), Seton Hall (#7), Butler (#7), and Providence (#9).
Sports Illustrated (2/5): On Monday morning, Michael Beller had the Golden Eagles as the third team out. SMU and UCLA are in front of them, and Syracuse is behind them. Like I said, these teams may keep popping up. Your six Big East teams in the field go in this order: Villanova (#1), Xavier (#1), Seton Hall (#5), Butler (#7), Creighton (#8), and Providence (#10).
NBC Sports (2/5): Sixth team out. SMU, Boise State, UCLA, and Syracuse are your First Four Out, with Georgia, Nebraska, and our old friends South Carolina joining MU in the Next Four Out. With Marquette on the outside, the Big East has six teams in: Villanova (#1), Xavier (#1), Seton Hall (#6), Creighton (#7), Butler (#9), and Providence (#10).
Sporting News (2/7): With a freshly updated seed list on Wednesday morning, Marquette sits in what Ryan Fagan calls “Sporting News’ pretty generous bubble. There are 14 teams in that bubble, all listed in alphabetical order, so I can’t tell you where MU is sitting in there. Fagan’s first four out is Virginia Tech, SMU, UCLA, and LSU, so keep your eyes on those four. Your six Big East teams in the field: Villanova (#1), Xavier (#1), Creighton (#5), Seton Hall (#6), Butler (#7), and Providence (#11). In this setup, Providence is the last team that avoids a trip to Dayton.
Bracket Matrix (2/7, 9:15pm): The Matrix updated after the Marquette game ended, but that only means that the algorithm snagged the most recent updates. Odds are that no one adjusted their fields in between MU winning and the Matrix updating. With that said, the Golden Eagles are appearing in 12 of 108 brackets. Their average seed line of 11.17 has MU as the best team in Next Four Out. That’s behind a First Four Out of Syracuse, UCLA, SMU, and LSU. Marquette is joined in NFO by Western Kentucky, St. Bonaventure, and Georgia. The consensus on the Big East is six teams: Villanova (#1), Xavier (#1), Seton Hall (#5), Creighton (#6), Butler (#7), and Providence (#10).