20th ranked Marquette opens play in the Big East Conference opener tonight at Madison Square Garden in New York against St. John's (16-14).
This will be Marquette's first trip to Madison Square Garden this season and since that's St. John's home court, coach Tom Crean said it presents a problem.
Marquette could also be without the Big East's Defensive Player of the Year, Jerel McNeal, who sat out the final regular season game with a right thumb injury. If he can't play, the Golden Eagles will have to rely heavily on freshman guard David Cubillan . Cubillan played a big role in Marquette's win over Pittsburgh on Saturday when he scored 20 points.
Marquette (23-8, 10-6 Big East) has likely already done enough to secure a spot in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.