This week, Marquette moved up to #16, one spot better than the program’s previous all-time best of #17, which was set last week. The Golden Eagles picked up 648 points in the polling, which means they were not that far away from being #15. USC has that spot this week with 656 points, while Oregon came in at #17 with 557 points.
While it’s fantastic that MU has set a new program best as one of the top 16 teams in the country in the poll, I do want to offer a note of hesitation. The top 16 teams in the NCAA tournament get to host for the first two rounds. The AVCA poll has nothing to do with the selection committee’s decision, and as of Monday, Marquette had an RPI rank of #15. This is likely largely related to Texas State squeaking into the RPI top 25 at #24, and thus giving Marquette a 3-5 record against top 25 opponents. The Golden Eagles will need to beat #104 St. John’s on Friday in the Big East semifinals to get another crack at #16 Creighton in the title game to even offer a glimmer of hope of earning two home dates, and that’s just going by pure RPI rank and nothing else. We’ll see where we are on Sunday morning.
It’s the usual cast of characters from MU’s schedule in the top 25 this week. BYU remains #1 in the country with their 27-0 record. Wisconsin’s tie for 7th place got broken this week, leaving them at #8. Creighton stays steady at #9, and the aforementioned Trojans dropped a spot to #15. Baylor jumps back into the poll with 74 points this week.
Northern Iowa is the only team on Marquette’s schedule in the Receiving Votes section. The Panthers picked up 15 points worth of votes this week.
Marquette returns to action this coming Friday in the Big East tournament semifinals. As the #2 seed, they’ll play #3 seeded St. John’s in the first of the two matches of the day, with #1 Creighton playing #4 Villanova in the second, and both contests will be broadcast on the Big East Digital Network on Fox Sports Go. The winners advance to Saturday’s conference championship game, which will be broadcast on FS2.
You can check out the full top 25 right here.