Marquette was projected to be a middle-of-the road potential NCAA Tournament squad in 2012-13, according to experts prior to the 2012-13 season. I, on the other hand, thought quite highly of the Golden Eagle's chances, as evident in this article. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1311893-5-reasons-marquette-wont-miss-a-beat-despite-losing-crowder-and-johnson-odom
Marquette did not miss a beat despite losing two NBA Draft picks following the 2011-12 season, in the form of Jae Crowder and Darius Johnson-Odom. Instead, Buzz Williams's team was even better than the year before, winning a share of the Big East and advancing to the Elite Eight.
This was Williams' third straight Sweet 16 appearance, but only the first time he got over the hump by winning and advancing to the Elite Eight. You can be sure he'll want to take that a step further in 2013-14 though, as he returns a very capable squad hungry for a Final Four appearance.
Nonetheless, this past season far exceeded nearly everyone's expectations for Marquette and offers a bright glimpse of this program's future under Williams. Here is a look back at this season's rotation players, and what they brought to the table.