For the third straight season, Marquette basketball has advanced to the Sweet 16. Ohio State, Kansas, and Florida are the only other programs that share that distinction. Unlike the Buckeyes, Jayhawks, and Gators though, the Golden Eagles have been unable to take the next step and get to the Elite 8. Thursday night versus Miami FL, MU will try to pass the test and get over the hump.
The past two years, Marquette basketball laid an egg in the Sweet 16. In 2011, the 11th seed Golden Eagles were simply out-matched by a bigger, longer, more athletic and talented North Carolina team that pretty much blew them out of the gym. Last year as a three seed, Buzz Williams’ team came out flat in a 68-58 loss to Florida.
The jubilation of simply getting to this stage of the tourney is out the window. Williams made that clear when he addressed the team after their narrow victory against Butler on Saturday.
So how does Marquette basketball pass the test tonight in our Nation’s Capital agains...