WHAT IN THE WHAT IS HAPPENING
Thanks to their seven game winning streak to open Big East play, YOUR Marquette Golden Eagles are now ranked #10 — TENTH! — in the country in the newest rankings from the Associated Press. As was the case last week when Marquette was ranked #14 in the country, this new ranking is the highest ever ranking in program history.
Marquette was the beneficiary of losses by Maryland, Texas, Syracuse, Gonzaga, South Carolina, Michigan State, and Iowa State over the last week. All of those squads were ranked somewhere between #9 and #18, and they all took a dip in the polls as a result. With all of those losses sending those teams tumbling, the votes had to go somewhere, and that somewhere ended up being a whole lot of Marquette, since they jumped up four spots in the poll.
Marquette earned 460 votes in the balloting, not that far behind #9 Oregon State with 472 points nor that far ahead of #11 Maryland at 442 points. 19 of the voters have MU at either #9 or #10 this week, and that’s more than half of the ballots. Robert Cessna (Bryan-College Station Eagle) has Marquette ranked #17th and thus he’s the mayor-president of Hater Island this week.
Notre Dame continues to hold down the #1 spot in the poll this week as well as the top spot amongst teams in the poll on Marquette’s schedule this season. Mississippi State comes in at #7, same as last week as well. That’s it for teams in the top 25. DePaul earned eight points in the polling this week and Miami snagged six. And thus, I am retroactively annoyed about Marquette’s loss to the ‘Canes that denied them a road game at now-#20 Iowa State in the WNIT title game. Fiddlesticks.
Marquette returns to action on Friday evening when they visits Xavier. Tipoff is set for 6pm Central with the broadcast coming on the Big East Digital Network on Fox Sports Go.
You can check out the full top 25 and every single ballot right here.