As we celebrate the return of the Marquette men’s basketball team to the Associated Press top 25 poll, we have to also acknowledge that Carolyn Kieger and the women’s team can’t help but look and say “yeah, and?”
Kieger’s team is still ranked #19 in the newest AP poll, holding steady in their spot from the preseason top 25. The Golden Eagles picked up 228 points this week, landing between Syracuse at #18 with 259 points and Texas A&M at #20 with 182.
ESPN’s Rebecca Lobo, something of an honorary Golden Eagle by marriage, has Marquette ranked the highest amongst all the voters, putting them at #9 on her ballot. Scott Nulph of the Laramie Boomerang is a hale and hearty fellow, ranking Marquette #11. There’s one vote each at #14 and #15, and a majority of MU’s votes come scattered between #16 and #21. Mike Carmin of the Journal & Courier in Indiana is the resident hater, as Marquette does not appear on his ballot at all. Get with the program, sir.
Marquette will be tested in non-conference play, with dates against #1 Notre Dame and #6 Mississippi State looming on the calendar. DePaul come in at #15, so the voters still have Doug Bruno’s squad as the favorite in the Big East. Thursday’s Preseason WNIT semifinal contest will be between two ranked foes, as Miami move up one spot to #24 this week.
There are a pair of future foes in the Receiving Votes territory as well. Northwestern picked up 15 points in the poll, and Michigan snared three. Marquette will play at Northwestern in December, while the Wolverines will come to the McGuire Center one week earlier.
Marquette returns to action on Thursday night for that aforementioned clash with #24 Miami. Tip-off is set for 6pm Central, and the game will be available via ACC Network Extra on Watch ESPN.
You can check out the entire top 25 right here.