Marquette seeded No. 3 in West
Marquette is a No. 3 seed in the West Region and will face the winner of the Tuesday night game between Iona and BYU. With a win, the Golden Eagles would face the winner of the Murray State-Colorado State game.
Marquette coach Buzz Williams knows there are questions about how his players will respond to a poor performance in the Big East tournament. After earning a double-bye, Marquette lost to Louisville on Thursday.
“Again, it’s all about perspective,” Williams said. “Are they going to be fired up because we peed down our leg in New York? Or are they going to be timid because we peed down our leg in New York?”
Williams expects them to bounce back.
“I think we’ll probably respond the way we have all year long,” Williams said. “I don’t think you get to this point with the success we’ve had unless you can respond to adversity. We were bad in New York, and I anticipate we’ll be good in Louisville.”
Marquette was a No. 11 seed last year, but made a surprising run with victories over Xavier and Syracuse before losing to North Carolina.
To make another run, the Golden Eagles will have to shake off the loss to Louisville.
“You want to redeem yourself a little bit,” Jae Crowder said. “We know we didn’t play our best basketball, but the only chance we have is our next opponent.”
If only they knew who that next opponent is going to be.
Williams said he likes the idea of having more teams in the tournament, but said the possibility of facing either Iona or BYU—and not finding out until Tuesday night which one it will be—presents a unique challenge.
“You can’t inundate kids with too much information, and then Tuesday night half the information you’ve given them is wrong,” Williams said. “Because Thursday night, they’ll be saying, ‘Well, coach, I thought you said …’ No, that was the team we potentially could have played. So we don’t want to make it too much of a chemistry project.”
The Golden Eagles are led by Crowder, the Big East player of the year, and Darius Johnson-Odom.
Marquette has been uncharacteristically sloppy with the ball of late, with 17 turnovers in a Feb. 29 loss at Cincinnati and 26 turnovers in the loss to Louisville.