We took one step closer to the 2015-16 college basketball season on Thursday when USA Today released the preseason version of the coaches poll.
We'll get to the top 25 teams in the country in a moment, but the important note for Marquette fans comes at the bottom of the page, under Others Receiving Votes. Down there, all the way at the bottom, joining Tulsa, Dayton, and Old Dominion with one 25th place vote in one voter's list is....... YOUR Marquette Golden Eagles.
Yeah, that's right, one of the 32 voters put Marquette in the #25 slot on their ballot, and thus granted the Golden Eagles one point. The voting group consists of one head coach from each of the 32 conferences in the country. My best guess as to who voted for Marquette is Big East rep Greg McDermott from Creighton, as none of the names on the list really jump out at me as having some kind of connection to Marquette or the Big East. UWM's Rob Jeter is a voter, so it's possible that he could be MU's big fan right now.
Here's the top 25:
There are two Big East teams in the top 25: Villanova at #9 and Butler at #22. In addition to the four games that they'll play against those squads this season, Marquette will also see two more teams with a preseason ranking: #17 Wisconsin as a part of the yearly matchup against the Badgers, and #19 LSU, which will be MU's opponent in the first game of the Legends Classic at the Barclays Center.
Past the top 25, there are five teams that showed up on at least one ballot that are on the schedule for Marquette this season: Georgetown (45 points), Xavier (25 points), Iowa (8 points), Providence (5 points), and Belmont (2 points).
You can check out the entire poll results and the list of voters right here.