Marquette Suffer Another Close Loss

Mitchell SkurzewskiContributor IJanuary 21, 2010

MILWAUKEE - FEBRUARY 25: Head coach Buzz Williams of the Marquette Golden Eagles gives instructions to his team against the Connecticut Huskies on February 25, 2009 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Connecticut defeated Marquette 93-82. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The one point loss to DePaul looked like a replay from the Golden Eagles loss to West Virginia in Morgantown.

Two missed one-in-one's at the foul line, another buzzer beater, another Big East loss for Marquette.

This one stings for a number of reasons and even more then the Mountaineers game because, losing to West Virginia in Morgantown is not a bad loss. Losing to DePaul at home, on the road or on a neutral site is a bad loss, especially when one of their key players (they don't have many) and leading scorer Mac Koshwal was out.

This game stings a little more also because two seniors in Lazar Hayward and David Cubillan had a chance to ice the game and they failed to do so.

If you take a look at the schedule before the game with DePaul, which many would of penciled in as a W, I could see Marquette winning 10 Big East games.

Now that means nine and no wiggle room to go .500. The key in that is, not many teams (virtually none) make the NCAA tournament with a conference record under .500.

From here on out the Golden Eagles must win every game they should with no slip-ups, which the way they have played in games coming down the stretch is no small task.

One thing we know for sure is that Buzz Williams will still get his team to play hard. We saw that after two tough losses to the aforementioned and the Eagles turned around and struck down the top-15 ranked Georgetown Hoyas. 

With another heartbreaking loss, not only will Marquette need to be virtually flawless in games they should win, MU will need to beat one team they shouldn't to give them a marquee win.

The Golden Eagles must use this game as motivation and turn it into a rallying cry to save their season, well they still can.