The Golden Eagles shook off a venue change sprung on them at the last minute to triple up UIC on Saturday, 96-32. It was Marquette’s only game of the week, and so you can’t fault the AP voter collective for keeping MU in the same spot as last week. Marquette picked up 137 points in this week’s poll, dropping them neatly between the 148 points for #21 Miami, who jumped up from #24 thanks to wins over Nebraska and Temple, and the 93 points for #23 Iowa State, who are new into the poll this week. Greg Hadley (The State in Columbia, SC) and Adam Minichino (Commercial Dispatch in Columbus, MS) are MU’s biggest supporters this week, with both putting Marquette at #14 in their ballot. There’s something of a bell curve of votes between there and #25, although 10 voters did not have Marquette in their top 25 at all.
Miami isn’t the only Marquette opponent in the poll this week, although they’re the only team that MU has already played. Notre Dame remains the unanimous choice at #1 in the country, although #2 Connecticut comes to town on Sunday afternoon. Mississippi State are still the #6 team in the country this week, and DePaul stays ranked #16 again.
In the receiving votes department, you’ll find Northwestern creeping towards the top 25 with 59 points, just nine shot of the top 25, as well as Michigan. The Wolverines picked up 10 points in the poll this week, and they’ll be coming to Milwaukee on Sunday with an eye on pushing their way into the rankings.
Marquette will return to action on Wednesday night when they make a cross-town trip to play UW-Milwaukee. The game was originally scheduled to be played at the McGuire Center, but due to the damage to the building caused by a car careening its way inside and out onto the basketball court, there has to be some work done. According to the Marquette press release discussing the venue change, it sounds like the work is going to be going full bore to get the arena ready for Friday, when the #14 seeded volleyball team hosts the NCAA tournament. That work requirement precludes any pausing for shootarounds and games on Wednesday, thus the move to the Klotsche Center on the east side. I, for one, tip my cap to the UWM team, both the on-court team and the behind the scenes team, for bending over backwards to accommodate a last minute change like this.
You can check out the full top 25, including every individual ballot, right here.