Latest Victory Assures MU Of Posteason Play
Currently in sole possession of fifth place in the 16-team BIG EAST Conference, the Golden Eagles have already secured a spot in the league's postseason tournament.
The squad claimed its ninth league victory of the season at St. John's Wednesday night, assuring itself one of the 12 positions in the postseason tourney at Madison Square Garden. Other programs that have earned a berth already are Georgetown, Louisville, Connecticut and Notre Dame.
The Golden Eagles have now qualified for the BIG EAST Tournament each of their first three seasons in the conference.
Marquette's Schedule Strength Tough To Match
Through games of Feb. 21, Marquette is ranked 16th in the Rating Percentage Index according to CollegeRPI.com and owns a strength of schedule rating of 16th as well.
Nearly a third (8-of-25) of MU's games this season have come against squads currently ranked in the top-25 of the RPI and four of those programs are in the top-15. Duke (3), Connecticut (11), Wisconsin (12), Louisville (14), Notre Dame (21) and Pittsburgh (23) will be joined by Georgetown (8) when the two teams square off next weekend.
The Golden Eagles are 3-5 in those contests, with five of the games coming on the road or at a neutral site.