Marquette, a consensus top-20 team in the college basketball preseason polls, has not gotten off to the hot start the team had hoped for in the 2013-14 season.
Instead, the Golden Eagles stand 5-3 and are no longer receiving votes in the AP Poll after a pair of losses last week.
Marquette's three losses have come to Ohio State, Arizona State and San Diego State, two of whom are ranked. Their best wins so far were against George Washington and Southern. Marquette's offense has been its downfall, ranking 230th in the nation in scoring at 71.0 points per game.
Without Vander Blue, who decided to forego his senior season for a shot at the NBA, Marquette is without a clear go-to guy. Davante Gardner is the team's top offensive option, although he comes off head coach Buzz Williams' bench.
In fact, of Marquette's 12 players who have seen the court this season, 11 are averaging over 10 minutes of playing time, with only walk-on Dylan Flood below that mark. While the following may not be Marquette's best players, Williams has made it clear that they will start for the Golden Eagles.