It is only August, but it's never too early to speculate about schedules. Marquette's schedule certainly has its share of easy wins, but it also has its share of season-defining games.
Here is Marquette's non-conference schedule for the upcoming season.
Friday, Nov. 8 vs. Southern University
Tuesday, Nov. 12 vs. Grambling State University
Saturday, Nov. 16 vs Ohio State University
Thursday, Nov. 21 vs. University of New Hampshire
Monday, Nov. 25 @ Arizona State University
Thursday, Nov. 28 (Wooden Legacy Classic) @ Cal State Fullerton University
Friday, Nov. 29 (Wooden Legacy Classic) @ George Washington/Miami
Sunday, Dec. 1 (Wooden Legacy Classic) TBA
Saturday, Dec. 7 @ University of Wisconsin
Saturday, Dec. 14 vs. IUPUI
Tuesday, Dec. 17 vs. Ball State University
Saturday, Dec. 21 vs. University of New Mexico in Las Vegas
Saturday, Dec. 28 vs. Samford University
After games against Southern and Grambling State, the Ohio State Buckeyes come to Milwaukee for a perennial early-season matchup.
We know this game won't be postponed due to condensation because it is at the Bradley Center. This game will be a great early test, even though the Buckeyes will be without Deshaun Thomas.
The Wooden Legacy could be a tougher tournament than most think. If Marquette advances past Cal State Fullerton, it could lead to a rematch against Miami, who Marquette ousted in the Sweet 16 last season.
A win in the second game could lead to an intriguing championship game. Marquette could see Arizona State for the second time in a week if they meet in the championship, but the dream matchup would be an early Big East showdown against Creighton.
Head coach Buzz Williams wisely gave his team six days off before a game against archrival Wisconsin. Even though Wisconsin might not be a preseason Top 25 squad, any game in the Kohl Center is a tough task.
Marquette then returns home for two games before going to the Sin City for a big-time game against New Mexico at the MGM Grand Hotel.
The Golden Eagles wrap up the non-conference slate at home against Samford.
Overall, I think this is a very tricky schedule assembled by Williams. Three big games against Ohio State, Wisconsin and New Mexico could give Marquette a great idea of how far this team can go without Vander Blue.
In the end, I see Marquette going 12-1 to begin the season, winning against Ohio State and Wisconsin along with taking The Wooden Legacy. Marquette's first loss with come in Las Vegas against New Mexico.