December 1, 2013 seems so far away.
That’s the last day that Marquette men’s basketball was ranked in the Associated Press top 25 poll. MU lost to San Diego State in the Wooden Classic that day while ranked #25 in the country. That was a Sunday, and on the following day, the new AP poll didn’t have the Golden Eagles in it.
Today, November 12, 2018, has changed that. With a 2-0 start on wins against UMBC and Bethune-Cookman, Steve Wojciechowski has led YOUR Marquette Golden Eagles to the #24 ranking in the newest AP poll.
Marquette picked up 155 points in the poll, a bit off from #23 Purdue and their 218 points and just one point more than #25 Buffalo. If you’re saying “hey, wait a minute” right now, then yes, you’re right: Marquette will be hosting Buffalo in late December, and there’s a very good chance that both teams will still be ranked at that point.
Brian McInnis (Honolulu Star-Advertiser), Jon Nyatawa (Omaha World-Herald), Scott Wolf (Los Angeles Daily News), and Theo Lawson (Spokane Spokesman-Review) are Marquette’s biggest supporters right now, with all four putting MU at #17. The Golden Eagles are apparently huge west of the Mississippi River. MU got one #18 vote, five at #20, four at #21, nine at #22, six at #23, two at #24, and three at #25. There are a lot of voters who didn’t put MU in at all, including Jon Rothstein.
In terms of other future Marquette opponents in the poll, we head to the #2 spot, where Kansas has landed after everyone was very very impressed with Duke rending Kentucky limb from limb on Tuesday night. Duke’s #1 now, and while the Jayhawks haven’t done anything to justify dropping them, they only got 14 first place votes against 48 for the Blue Devils.
Continuing on, Tennessee might be waiting in the second game of the Preseason NIT Tip-Off for Marquette, and they’re up one spot to #5 this week. Also up one spot is Villanova, which is now at #8. Kansas State stays steady at #12, and of course, the Bulls are at #25.
In the Receiving Votes department, there’s still a decent number of teams that are on MU’s schedule. Most notable is Indiana with 131 points in the poll and unofficially the #27 team in the country. MU will be in Bloomington on Wednesday night, and quite obviously the winner of that game will be ranked next week, and probably not so much for the loser. Wisconsin picked up 32 points because some of these voters are bad at their jobs, while Louisville, the other possible NIT Tip-Off opponent, picked up eight. Things start dwindling fast here, but Butler snagged four points while St. John’s and Xavier both got two.
As mentioned, MU returns to action on Wednesday night against Indiana as part of the Gavitt Tip-Off Games. Tip-off is set for 7:30pm Central on FS1.
You can check out the whole top 25 poll right here.