Considering that Marquette started out the season ranked #17 in the country, that is a pretty solid bummer.
The Golden Eagles captured road wins against Xavier and Butler over the weekend, but in the eyes of the voters, that wasn’t enough to repair the damage done by losing to Creighton at home the week before and on the road against DePaul the week before that. That’s pretty fair, if we’re being honest about it.
The good news for Marquette is that they get an opportunity to grab the attention of some voters in their very next game. Villanova picked up one 24th place vote from Joe Brocato at WDTV in Bridgeport, West Virginia, and as luck would have it, the Wildcats will be in the McGuire Center at 11:30 am CT on Friday. VU is joined by DePaul in the receiving votes department with five points in this poll, but Marquette won’t see the Blue Demons again in the regular season.
Up in the ranked teams area, Marquette’s opponents this season are headlined by Notre Dame, who are staying steady at #5 this week. Tennessee are also stationary at #11, while Green Bay moves up one spot from last week to #19. Michigan dropped down two spots this week, settling in at #23.
Friday’s game against Villanova will be broadcast on the Big East Digital Network, and all Marquette faculty and staff can spend their lunch break with the Golden Eagles for free.
You can check out the full top 25 and each individual ballot right here.