The Marquette Golden Eagles aren't supposed to be sitting on the Big East perch right now. Marquette, picked seventh in the preseason Big East Coaches Poll, crashed the party early and remains a quiet conference title contender.
Head coach Buzz Williams has led his squad to the top of conference standings, where Marquette is currently in sole possession of first place. The Golden Eagles own a 10-3 Big East record and are 19-6 overall, establishing the team as an NCAA tournament lock.
How has Marquette made the preseason prognosticators look foolish?
The Golden Eagles have consistently excelled in a few crucial facets of the game, which we focus on here.