Buzz Williams' Marquette basketball squad enters Big East play with an 8-5 record, tied for worst in the conference with the DePaul Blue Demons.
Marquette has played a tough slate and doesn't have any bad losses, though its only noteworthy win came against George Washington.
The Golden Eagles have dealt with injuries, transfers and suspensions before the new year, but are primed for another finish atop, or near the top, of the conference standings. Villanova and Creighton appear to be MU's main competition, among others, in the hunt for the restructured conference's inaugural championship.
Here's what needs to happen for Marquette to win its second consecutive Big East regular-season title.