On Saturday, following Marquette’s win over Seton Hall, I was perusing the various other college basketball games on TV, and caught this note from a broadcast: 10 of the 25 teams in the Associated Press’ rankings had lost at least once during the week. Knowing that Marquette has won twice while ranked #21 in the country, I figured a bit of a bump in the polls was headed MU’s way.
I did not expect six spots of bump.
That’s right, YOUR Marquette Golden Eagles are now ranked #15 in the country. That’s their best ranking of the season, and as such, their best ranking under the direction of head coach Steve Wojciechowski. MU earned 668 points in the balloting this week, just one point shy of #14 Auburn, and pretty decently clear of the 625 points earned by #16 Buffalo.
All of Marquette’s votes fell between #12 and #23, with every voter except noted Stick In The Mud Jesse Newell putting MU in their ranking this week. Nine voters have the Golden Eagles at #12, which is definitely helping lift MU up.
Kansas remained at #7 this week, keeping them atop the list of Golden Eagles opponents in the poll. No other team on MU’s schedule is ranked higher than Marquette, although Buffalo is #16. Villanova jumps back into the rankings at #22 this week, while Indiana sinks three spots to #25.
Louisville is just four points behind Indiana after their big win against North Carolina over the weekend. Wisconsin (31 points), Kansas State (14), St. John’s (12), and Seton Hall (6) round out the opponents list in the receiving votes department.
Marquette returns to action on Tuesday night when they visit Georgetown. Tip-off is set for 7:30 PM on FS1.
You can check out the entire poll right here.