When will the Marquette basketball team start winning?
Posted On August 9, 2021
The Marquette Golden Eagles have begun a new era, but they are still just one game away from becoming the first team in school history to win a Big Ten championship.
The Golden Eagles lost their opener against Maryland and a road game against Michigan State, but have won three straight games.
Head coach Matt Doherty is in his second year and is coming off a 41-28 victory over No. 13 Ohio State on Saturday, a game that marked the first time the Golden Eagles beat a top-10 team since a 38-7 win over No, 6 Wisconsin on Jan. 25, 2017.
Marquette is now just one win away from its first Big Ten title since 1997, when the team reached the conference championship game.
That achievement would have to be earned, as the Golden Birds are currently tied for first with Michigan State with a 45-23 record.
But that doesn’t mean the Golden Ducks are done.
They’ll need to continue to win games against top-five teams and reach the Big Ten Tournament for the first of three straight.
“I’m really excited about what’s going to be a very difficult road,” Doherty said.
“It’s just the first step.
I think we have a great group of players and I think the young players are going to have a chance to make an impact.
As far as how it’s going, it’s a pretty good group of guys.
I’m looking forward to this.
I love being here and I love coaching.
I don’t think there’s a better coach in the country and I’m really looking forward for the young guys to be able to come in and really work hard.”
Doherty’s squad is also set to return from a two-game suspension, which has prevented it from participating in practice and the postseason, to start this weekend.
On Sunday, the team practiced at the Marquis Sports Complex in Milwaukee.
If all goes as planned, the Golden Eagle roster will be back at full strength for the season opener on March 10 against No. 5 Wisconsin.
This is the second consecutive season that the Golden Eagles will be without a Big 12 championship.
The Golden Eels are still one game shy of their second NCAA tournament appearance since 2001.
In the NCAA tournament, Marquette won the 2014 NCAA championship in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but fell to Wisconsin in the Final Four.
Dooley was a part of that team that made the NCAA tourney.
When Marquette lost to the Badgers in the tournament semifinals, he was the only member of the team that went on to win the NCAA championship.
In the final game of his collegiate career, Doherty was named the Big East Tournament Coach of the Year.
During his career, he coached the Golden Hawks to a 68-8 record, including a 52-12 mark in the Big Dance.
Last season, the Big Eagles reached the NCAA Tournament for only the second time in program history.
It was Doherty’s first season as head coach and his first as a head coach in his first season with the Golden Beavers.
With that success, Dooley has established himself as a perennial top-25 candidate for the NCAA Coach of Year.
He was named to the All-Big East First Team three times and was a finalist twice in the 2016 and 2017 Coach of, among others, the Wooden Award, the Naismith and the Wooden Athletic Awards.
His teams have gone 77-10 overall, including 56-16 in conference play.
A look back at his teams previous appearances in the conference tournament: 2013: Marquette was eliminated in the Round of 64 in the first round.
2014: Marquis reached the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Regional.
2015: Marquie won the Big 12 Tournament and reached the Final 4.
2016: Marques second NCAA Tournament appearance.
2017: Marquee won the NCAA title.
2020: Marquettes first NCAA Tournament berth in 20 years.
2021: Marquies third NCAA Tournament in 20 seasons.
2018: Marquiestons third NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in 20 games.