After starting the 2011 campaign with a 10-0 record, the Golden Eagles dropped two of their final three non-conference matchups but still finished with a very respectable 11-2 record. The success continued into Big East Conference play, where Marquette finished second in the 16-team conference.
The 2012 non-conference slate should pose a few more challenges than the 2011 schedule did, especially for a young team trying to learn how to play without Jae Crowder and Darius Johnson-Odom. However, I fully expect Buzz Williams will have his team ready to take the court each and every game.
Even if Marquette loses more non-conference games this year than it did last year, I think the tougher schedule will prepare them for Big East play, where I expect them to once again be in the top quarter of the conference. Here's a look at MU's first 13 games of the upcoming season.