3. Marquette is back to form
The Marquette Golden Eagles went through some huge struggles last week with losses to Seton Hall and Butler, with the Butler loss being their first conference loss at home in quite some time. However, they responded with wins over Villanova and St. John's, albeit a one-point victory over the Red Storm. But great teams respond to adversity by bouncing right back, and that is exactly what this team has done.
A lot of these issues stemmed from Tyler Kolek's struggles when it came to scoring the basketball. Oso Ighodaro and Kam Jones were only able to do so much, but the big three in Milwaukee came back to form against Villanova. Kolek had 21 points, 11 assists, and five rebounds, while Jones had 22 of his own and Ighodaro had 18. The three of them are such solid and well-rounded players, and when they are in sync, they are one of the top teams in not just this conference, but the entire nation.
They did not dominate in the same way against the Red Storm, but they toughed out a win and still got some good nights out of their star power. So while those losses were concerning for Marquette fans, they have redeemed themselves a bit here, and have an opportunity on Saturday to avenge their loss to the Seton Hall Pirates. As of now, those fans can breathe a bit, but consistency is what needs to show up now for this squad.