On Monday, Marquette dropped out of the Associated Press top 25 poll for the first time in the 2017-18 season.
There’s a direct connection between those two statements.
Marquette still earned 13 points in the new poll, but only two voters had them on their ballots. David Cloninger of The Post And Courier out of South Carolina has MU at #22 this week, while Patricia Babcock McGraw from the Chicago-area Daily Herald is still a believer in the Golden Eagles. Even with the .500 record, Marquette is still at #17 on her version of the poll.
Thanks to their win over Marquette, Green Bay jumped into the top 25 and they actually now live in MU’s old #23 spot. Notre Dame stays steady at #3, Tennessee moves up one spot to #11, and Michigan slides down two spots to #24. That’s a little unfair to the Wolverines, as their loss this past week was to Notre Dame. Their other loss on the year? Now-#4 Louisville.
Over on the Big East side of the dial, Villanova is the only league representative in the top 25. They moved up from #25 to #22 this week and they’re rolling right along at 7-0 on the season.
Down in the Receiving Votes department, Marquette is joined by two familiar names. New Mexico is one spot in front of MU with 26 points, while DePaul is tagging along with seven points in the new polling.
Marquette returns to action tonight when they host Wisconsin. Tipoff is scheduled for 7pm Central time, and the game will be broadcast locally on Spectrum Sports.
You can check out the full top 25 right here.