Marquette’s non-conference schedule leaves much to be desired

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Marquette announced their completed non-conference schedule on Monday and it’s interesting, to say the least.

The Golden Eagles have a couple of tests on the schedule. They play Iowa in the Gavitt Games, the Big East-Big Ten competition that takes place during the first week of the season. They head to New York to play in the Legends Classic with Arizona State, LSU and N.C. State. And they take on in-state rival Wisconsin.

Beyond that? Things get pretty ugly.

Of the other nine teams on Marquette’s schedule, just one of them — Belmont — finished last season ranked higher than 286th on KenPom. Seven of those other eight finished last season ranked 316th or worse on KenPom, including three of the nation’s seven lowest-ranked teams and, arguably, the two worst teams in the country last season in Grambling and San Jose State.

Yeah.

I’m bullish on Marquette. I actually have them ranked in my preseason top 25. That may change come September, however, as it seems that I may be more confident in what this group can do that Steve Wojciechowski is.

Anyway, here’s the full non-conference slate:

11/9: Valley City State (Exhibition)
11/13: Belmont (Legends Classic)
11/16: IUPUI (Legends Classic)
11/19: Iowa (Gavitt Tip-Off Games)
11/23-24: Arizona St./LSU/NC St., New York, N.Y. (Legends Classic)
11/29: Jackson State
12/02: Grambling St.
12/05: Maine
12/08: San Jose State
12/12: at Wisconsin
12/22: Chicago State
12/27: Presbyterian
1/27: Stetson