Marquette Basketball: 10 Games That Will Define 2012 Season

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Marquette Basketball: 10 Games That Will Define 2012 Season
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Last season was one of the strongest seasons in Marquette's history. The Golden Eagles went 27-8 including a 14-4 record in the Big East. Marquette finished second in the Big East behind Syracuse, but they were defeated by Florida in the Sweet 16.

The Golden Eagles will be a very different team next season. Out goes leading scorer Darius Johnson-Odom and Big East Player of the Year, Jae Crowder. In comes Arizona State transfer Trent Lockett and recruits Steve Taylor and Jamal Ferguson.

Marquette is playing a pretty difficult non-conference schedule, which includes an invitation to play in the Maui Invitational in November. This will be the last year that the Big East is truly the Big East, with Syracuse and Pittsburgh leaving the conference after this season and Notre Dame leaving in two seasons. West Virginia already left the conference for the Big 12.

A college basketball season has its peaks and valleys over the 30-40 game stretch, but here are 10 games, depending on the results, that could determine Marquette's season.

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