Welcome to Weirdsville, everyone.
Last week, Marquette women’s basketball earned seven points in the Associated Press’ top 25 polling. They followed that up getting their seven game winning streak snapped by a 21 point loss on the road to a struggling Georgetown team, and then, 36 hours later, a relatively confident 10 point win at Villanova against a pretty good Wildcats squad.
This week, Marquette has eight points in the AP poll.
Again: lost by 21, got one more point than the week before.
As I said: Weirdsville.
Your heroes for the week are Deb Antonelli of CBS Sports, Patricia Babcock McGraw of the Chicago area Daily Herald, and Mike Carmin of the Lafayette Journal & Courier in Indiana. Antonelli is incredibly high on the Golden Eagles, voting them as her #21 team in the country. The other two have MU at #24 and #25 respectively, so they’re decidedly on the edge.
In Marquette opponent news, Notre Dame remains the highest ranked team on the MU schedule, holding steady at #5 this week. Tennessee tumbles from #6 to #10 in the new poll, while Michigan climbs from #19 to #16. Green Bay wraps things up at #22 this week, one spot up from last week.
Marquette is the only Big East team receiving votes this week, so it’s up to the Golden Eagles to get back on a winning streak to remain in the minds of voters going forward. With no other teams getting votes, there’s no teams for MU to knock off and thus earn a bit of notoriety along the way.
Next week’s poll should be pretty interesting, as Marquette will not play a single game during the voting period. MU returns to action next week Monday, when they square off against DePaul down in Chicago. The game will be televised on FS1 with a starting tip scheduled for 8pm Central, oh, and by the way, first place in the Big East will be on the line.