The Golden Eagles are still ranked #18 in the country, just like they were last week when they set a new program best for their spot in the poll. With a record of 19-4 and a nine game winning streak to their credit, MU earned 549 points in this week’s poll. That’s an increase from last week’s 526, so that’s something. #17 Purdue recorded 599 points, while #19 Washington State grabbed up 476 points, well behind Marquette.
It’s the mostly the usual cast of characters from the Marquette schedule in the poll. BYU is still #1 in the country, although it appears that Stanford‘s path through the Pac 12 is starting to turn some heads, as BYU lost two first place votes from last week. Wisconsin moved up two spots to #7 this week, while Creighton is still #10 in the country for what feels like the 4 millionth week in a row. USC slips one spot to #15 to finish out the group of teams in the poll.
Baylor has fallen out of the poll this week, but in a way, it’s good news for Marquette. While the Bears and their win over Marquette are not ranked but still earning points, they lost to Kansas State, a team that Marquette has a win against this season. K-State is now the unofficial #26 team in the country as a result, so if they could both get back into the poll next week, that would be good news for MU.
Northern Iowa Panthers was barely affected by their home loss to Marquette on Sunday, earning 23 points in the new poll. UNI had just 55 points last week, so that’s not much of a dip for losing a home date to the #18 team in the country. Good for them.
Marquette returns to action at home this Friday night as they kick off a stretch of eight straight Big East contests to close out the regular season. Friday’s opponent? None other than #10 Creighton. The Bluejays are responsible for MU’s only loss in conference play so far this season, so the rematch in Milwaukee will go a long way to deciding the Big East regular season championship one way or another.
You can check out the full top 25 poll right here.