When you’re barely holding on to a couple of Associated Press top 25 votes, you can’t lose at home and keep getting those votes. Hell, you can’t lose at all.
But lose at home is exactly what Marquette did on Sunday, and thus, no voters had the Golden Eagles in their top 25 poll when the new AP rankings came out on Monday. It’s the second time this season where MU has dropped out of the poll after starting the season ranked #17 in the country. The last time this happened to Marquette, they were back in the polling — not the top 25, just the polling — the very next week. We’ll have to see if the voters find road victories over Xavier and Butler worthy of putting the Golden Eagles into the top 25.... presuming that the Golden Eagles finish the road trip with the wins.
Notre Dame is still the best team in the rankings that Marquette has played this season, holding steady at #5 in the country this week. Tennessee took one step up, going from #12 to #11 in the newest poll. Green Bay and Michigan are back-to-back in the poll at #20 and #21 respectively, but that’s a big tumble for Michigan after sitting at #13 last week.
DePaul is carrying the banner for the Big East in the poll, but just barely. They got one 25th place vote to earn one point, but that’s the best performance in this week’s rankings of any team in the conference.
Marquette returns to action on Friday night when they visit Xavier with tipoff scheduled for 7pm Central on FS2.
You can check out the full top 25 right here.