MILWAUKEE -- Marquette University's men's basketball program has an edge about it.
It stems from its head coach who ascended through the coaching ranks because of his edge, but still coaches with the same chip on his shoulder today though he's one of the nation's hottest coaching commodities.
The Golden Eagles have thrived as underdogs this season. Picked to finish seventh in the Big East, Marquette won a share of the league title. A popular upset pick against Davidson and then Butler, the Golden Eagles survived both to move on to the Sweet 16 and will face Miami in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.
Everyone picking against them has motivated them.
The latest thing driving the Golden Eagles? Marquette was picked last - below even LaSalle and Florida Gulf Coast - in ESPN's re-ranking of the Sweet 16.
"We've been the underdogs all year," Marquette guard Vander Blue said. "Nobody expected us to be good. Everybody said this team didn't have a leader, Marquette couldn't go far because t...