The Marquette Golden Eagles keep moving up the Big East standings with five wins in their last six games and St. John's falls to sixth after a pair of losses.
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SB Nation's Chris Dobbertean had five Big East teams in his most recent bracket, which came out Tuesday: Creighton, Villanova, Xavier, Providence, and St. John's. Since then, St. John's lost to Xavier and Marquette picked up a tight home win against Georgetown.
Losing in Milwaukee probably killed the Hoyas' tournament chances for good since its hard to see them beating both Creighton and Villanova to get to .500. But that game just might provide the spark necessary for Buzz Williams' resurgent squad as they try to get back into the tournament picture. Currently projected to finish the year at 10-8 in the conference, far from their lofty ambitions, Marquette still looks like a team with a decent-enough resume to dance. Only one "bad" loss, to Butler before the tire fire truly began in Hinkle, and an awful lot of good-but-not-great wins. Still, its hard to see the fourth-best team in the third-best conference not getting in.
Xavier has to like its current draw as well. The Musketeers have established themselves as the #3 team in the league and now are projected to play St. John's in the quarterfinals. That's the same St. John's team they've beaten twice this year by double-digits. Much better than playing Marquette or Providence, two teams they fell to in identical 81-72 road losses.