It’s been a back and forth year for Marquette in terms of the Associated Press top 25 poll. They’ve been in and out and in and out of the teams getting votes, but never coming close to actually being ranked.
Back on Saturday, Marquette got a 102-101 overtime win over #19 DePaul down in Chicago. As expected following that kind of a win, the Golden Eagles popped back into the Receiving Votes department of the new AP poll after dropping out two weeks ago.
Marquette got four votes for a total of eight points in the poll, making them the unofficial #32 team in the country. Two of the votes - Tony Adame of the Waco Tribune and Ryan Dunleavy of the Home News Tribune in Somerville, New Jersey - had the Golden Eagles at #23, while the other two - Clay Horning of the Norman (OK) Transcript and Lindsay Schnell of Sports Illustrated - had Marquette at #25.
DePaul drops from #19 to #21 in the new poll, which is a compliment to Marquette in a roundabout kind of way. Oregon State is Marquette’s highest ranked opponent this season, staying steady at #11, while Arizona State climbs two spots to #16 this week. Green Bay is in at #24 after being unranked a week ago, which is good news for MU since the Phoenix came away from the McGuire Center with a win.
On Monday night, ESPN and the NCAA are going to announce the top 16 teams in the national championship tournament seeding to this point of the schedule. While I wouldn’t expect to hear Marquette’s name called, I think it’s safe to say we’ll hear at least one team that MU has beaten, maybe two. That’s pretty impressive.
You can check out the full poll and every ballot right here.