MILWAUKEE -- Marquette may not be a program used to being 8-6 when the new year rolls around, but the Golden Eagles are certainly used to overcoming adversity when the odds are stacked against them.
Forget about being the conference favorites or building on an Elite Eight appearance, Marquette is the underdog yet again. But this time the Golden Eagles are going to have to turn things around in a hurry if they want to make the NCAA tournament for the ninth year in a row.
After dropping its Big East opener for the first time since the 2009-10 season, Marquette is sitting with an overall record it hasn't had since 2000-01. While many have counted the Golden Eagles out already, they believe this year can still be salvaged.
"I think everybody is still confident," junior point guard Derrick Wilson said before practice Thursday. "We've had a couple of tough losses, but I think the team's spirit is still pretty good. I don't think anyone thinks it's just over. I know a lot of people do, but...