Although the Blue Demons are typically seen as a soft opponent, Marquette had a tough time sweeping DePaul last season. The Blue Demons led for a good portion of the first matchup of the season at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, and Marquette squeaked out a two-point victory in Rosemont last year in a back-and forth affair.
The early schedule doesn’t get any easier for first-year head coach Steve Wojciechowski’s club. Marquette plays its next six games against Providence, Georgetown twice, Creighton, Xavier and St. John’s. Marquette will travel to the Hoyas for its third Big East game and conclude the tricky stretch with back-to-back road games against the Musketeers and the Red Storm.
Luke Fischer, who will be ineligible to play until after the first semester per NCAA rules, will certainly get thrown into the fire early in his new opportunity at Marquette. It will be interesting to evaluate how quickly he can get acclimated to game action during a daunting stretch of the schedule.
MU Coach Steve Wojciechowski
Some might perceive Marquette’s early draws as a tough hand, but Wojciechowski said every game during the conference season is difficult.
“Our job is to win the games in front of us and not make excuses,” Wojciechowski said. “You could have shuffled the deck in a number of different ways and we would’ve said it was all a difficult start. We’re in a really good conference and we’re going to play outstanding teams game in and game out.”
Another pivotal stretch could be at the end of January, when the Golden Eagles play three-straight games on their home floor against Georgetown, Seton Hall and Butler, all programs that finished below Marquette in the Big East standings last season. If Marquette could take two of three, or even sweep the home stand, it could generate a lot of momentum heading into the home-stretch of the season.
Marquette will face regular season champion Villanova for the first time on Feb. 4 in Philadelphia. The teams will rematch in Milwaukee 17 days later.
The Golden Eagles play five of their nine conference home games on Saturday afternoons. The team finishes the season with two games on its home court. Senior Day will feature the team that Marquette starts its season with, DePaul, on Saturday, Mar. 7, which like last season takes place during the first weekend of spring break.