With the conclusion of the regular season on Saturday, the Big East has officially released the finalized bracket for the 2020 conference tournament. Even though they lost six of their final seven games, YOUR Marquette Golden Eagles are the #6 seed in the tournament with a record of 8-10 in league action this season. They finished in a tie for sixth place with Xavier, but the Golden Eagles get the better seed and avoid the first day 7/10 game due to their season sweep of the Musketeers.
Here’s the bracket:
Since MU starts off as the #6 seed, they keep their quarterfinals streak alive. Since Marquette joined the Big East, they are the only team to reach the quarterfinals of the conference tournament every single season. Had Marquette beaten St. John’s on Saturday, they would have locked themselves into place in the quarterfinals, but that did not happen. Instead, we had to wait for Kamar Baldwin to do this to Xavier:
That is a bad man.
With that shot, Xavier fell to 8-10 in the league this season, same as Marquette. The two wins over Xavier this season gives Marquette the tiebreaker advantage, and thus puts the Golden Eagles in a quarterfinal matchup against...... #3 Seton Hall, who ended up as the third of the three teams that tied for the league title at 13-5. I’d say “oh no, what has happened, this is not good,” except Xavier, as the #7 seed, gets ......... #10 DePaul. I think we’ve already proven that the Blue Demons are a terrible matchup for Marquette this week, so it’s probably best that Marquette gets a chance to be blown out for the third time this season by SHU in the quarterfinals as opposed to taking a horrific loss in the first round.
Marquette’s game is set for an 8:30pm Central time tipoff on FS1 on Thursday, March 12th. In fact, the first eight games of the tournament will all be on FS1, while the championship game on Saturday, March 14th, will be on Fox. If Marquette beats Seton Hall on Thursday — which, LOL — they would get the winner of the game between #2 Villanova and either #7 Xavier or #10 DePaul in the semifinals.