The Marquette Golden Eagles begin their 2012-13 campaign in five days in the Carrier Classic against Ohio State. This season comes with a lot of uncertainty. Last season, the Golden Eagles finished 27-8 with a 14-4 record in Big East play, good for second in the conference. It will be tough for Marquette to exceed last season's success without leading scorers Darius Johnson-Odom and Jae Crowder.
Marquette does return many of their key players from last season's Sweet 16 team, but unlike last season, it is unknown who the best players will be. Marquette is a team that could be a Big East contender or a bottom-feeder depending on how much these returning players have improved.
Will Marquette build off of its Sweet 16 run or will they fade into the bottom half of the treacherous Big East? Here are five questions and answers that will determine their season.