The minds of the Associated Press Top 25 voters can be a fickle place. Over the first seven weeks of the season, Marquette have not given the voters a lot of reasons to include them in their ballots. However, each and every week since the preseason poll came out, MU has appeared on at least one ballot, including appearing on only one ballot each of the last two weeks.
Last week, Marquette lost in overtime to #2 Notre Dame but still earned one vote. This week, Marquette beat St. John’s and Seton Hall to open up Big East action 2-0. However, the Golden Eagles are no longer receiving any votes in the newest top 25 poll.
Like I said: Fickle place.
The Fighting Irish maintain their spot at #2 for another week, as does Tennessee at #7. Two more Marquette opponents this season dropped in the poll this week, with Villanova going from #18 to #21 after taking on their first loss of the season, and Michigan falling backwards one spot from #21 to #22. Green Bay dropped out of the poll after losing to Northern Kentucky on Saturday, but they still picked up 46 points in the voting. New Mexico is still earning 14 points this week, and DePaul is hanging around with one 25th place vote.
That lone vote for DePaul is of great interest to Marquette fans, as the Blue Demons come to Milwaukee on Thursday night. That won’t be MU’s only game of the week, though, as they’ll fit in a visit to Creighton on Sunday afternoon. Given that MU is off the radar for the all of the voters at this point, you’d have to figure that another 2-0 week would probably not be enough to push the Golden Eagles back into the poll.
You can check out the full top 25 and all of the ballots right here.