Seeds of doubt began to creep into minds of voters and fans about the Marquette Golden Eagles after their dismal performance against Vanderbilt on Thursday night.
Vanderbilt went up 35-8 early in first half and the game was never in doubt. They led nearly every statistical category, including fouls and turnovers, and still mopped up the Golden Eagles on their own floor.
Looking back over Marquette's season thus far, it's not implausible to say that they have been overrated for much of the early part of the schedule. They have now lost two of their last three games and begin a tough Big East schedule beginning on New Year's Day against Villanova.
Here are four reasons I believe the now-No. 13 Marquette Golden Eagles could end up missing the National Tournament in March.