Bracket Projection: Marquette

Golden Eagles are capable of grinding out wins, but turnovers could hurt them

Updated: March 21, 2013, 2:41 PM ET
By Paul Aspan | Special to ESPN Insider
Vander BlueAP Photo/Richard DrewVander Blue's ability to get into the lane is vital to Marquette's offense.

The Marquette Golden Eagles far exceeded preseason expectations -- all the way to a share of the Big East regular-season title. They have been on a steady rise all season. Is the best yet to come?

ESPN Insider has your answers, as Joe Lunardi has enlisted a team of Bracketologists to compile advanced metrics, key scouting intel and best- and worst-case tournament scenarios for all 68 teams, in order to help you make smart picks in your bracket. Plus, as Lunardi fills out his bracket, he'll give you his prediction on how each team will fare.


Lunardi's Logic

The Golden Eagles are in a good spot. It's a manageable draw if they can play the revenge card against Butler in the third round. I don't think Marquette will have a problem with Davidson, but Butler is better now than it was when Rotnei Clarke bailed them out in Maui. I just can't go against Brad Stephens in a 50/50 game. Marquette's tourney is win one, lose one.


Best wins: Georgetown, Syracuse, at Pittsburgh (OT), Wisconsin

Worst losses: at Green Bay, at Villanova, at Cincinnati (OT)