No player loss could be as significant as the loss Marquette has to deal with this winter, losing young coach Buzz Williams to awful program Virginia Tech for reasons few understand. Williams had led Marquette to five NCAA Tournament appearances in five years, national rankings, and two consecutive Sweet 16s followed by an Elite Eight appearance. Without Buzz, the Golden Eagles have lost their visionary guide. His departure caused the decommitments of three pivotal recruits. A few upperclassman guards will maintain a strong backcourt even before you add two guys the new coach got to recommit, but the frontcourt is a disaster with no one taller than 6’7” on the roster. This year’s Eagles may be high on scoring but way low on rebounding. The rebuild of a balanced roster could take some time.
The Marquette Golden Eagles operate under coach Steve Wojciechowski at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Marquette’s ascension in recent years combined with the fact that their NBA counterpart in the Bradley Center--the Milwaukee Bucks--have been atrocious the last few years has meant that Marquette has actually dominated the city’s basketball scene the past few years. Despite having an undergrad population of just 8,000 Marquette is often near the top of the NCAA in home attendance. But with their inevitable regression and the Bucks’ Jabari Parker debuting this winter, it looks like the momentum could be headed the other way. Still, there’s no doubting the rich history of Marquette basketball, like the 1977 national championship, 16 Sweet 16 appearances, 31 NCAA Tournament appearances, and 36 NBA players, including Dwyane Wade, Maurice Lucas, Doc Rivers, Wesley Matthews, Steve Novak and Jimmy Butler. Gold Coast Tickets can get you the best deal on Marquette basketball tickets!