Coming out of the weekend, it was probably too much to ask for Marquette to jump all the way up into the AVCA’s Top 25. That ended up being true on Monday afternoon, as the new poll was released and MU (10-2) found themselves two spots outside the top 25.
A week ago, the Golden Eagles got five points in the poll; this week they have 60 points. #25 Western Kentucky has just 75 points and Santa Clara, the team between MU and WKU and owner of one of MU’s two losses on the season, has 67. The Golden Eagles aren’t that far away from busting their way into the national rankings.
Marquette gets a prime opportunity to do that in their next game. They kick off Big East play on Friday when they travel to Creighton, and the Bluejays are picking up votes in the poll. They’re down at an unofficial #33 in the country with just seven points in the balloting, but MU can’t take Creighton lightly. The Jays have six losses on the season, with five coming against teams currently in the top 25 and the sixth at the hands of the Wichita State squad that owns one of MU’s two defeats this season.
The downside of Marquette defeating three “receiving votes” teams across the last two weekends is that the Golden Eagles have started to rapidly run out of opponents that are getting votes. USC maintains their #21 ranking from last week after picking up wins over Oklahoma and Maryland last week, and that, combined with Creighton and Santa Clara, wraps up the once or future Marquette opponent section of our discussion.
You can check out the full top 25 right here.