After losing Jae Crowder and Darius Johnson-Odom to graduation and the NBA at the end of last season, expectations lowered a bit for this year's Marquette squad. Not to say that expectations were low, as most thought they'd still be an NCAA Tournament team, but no one was giving them a chance to win the Big East.
10 days from now the Big East regular season will have concluded, and for the time being, Marquette sits in second place only behind the Georgetown Hoyas. Monday night's win over Syracuse kept those Big East title hopes alive, but there is still work to be done.
If Marquette is able to manage a Big East regular season title, Buzz Williams surely must be considered for Big East Coach of the Year. No, this year's team does not have the stardom of a year ago, but to this point they've been just as effective as evidenced by their 11-4 league mark.