YOUR Marquette men’s basketball team is currently riding a seven game winning streak. That’s pretty neat all in and of itself. What’s extra neat is that the Associated Press voters are still very impressed with what MU is accomplishing this season.
In Monday’s brand new AP top 25 poll, Marquette is now ranked #10 in the country, up from #12 a week ago. It’s the first time that MU has been in the top 10 in the AP poll since the 2011-12 season as the Golden Eagles ascended into that rarefied air late in that campaign.
Marquette earned 973 points in this week’s poll, just barely edging out the 972 points for Kansas, who come in at #11 as a result. North Carolina came in with the #9 spot with 1,065 points, so there’s a lot of ground for MU to gather up to continue to rise. Craig Meyer (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) and John Bednarowski (Marietta Daily Journal) are MU’s top fans amongst the electorate, with both men voting MU at #8 in the country this week. #9 was their most popular slot with 18 voters putting them there. Jesse Newell of the Kansas City Star continues to be a weirdo about things, as there are 11 spots between Rick Bozich’s vote for MU at 14 and Newell’s spot for the Golden Eagles at exactly #25.
The Jayhawks are the highest ranked Marquette opponent in the poll, but that might not last for long. Villanova has risen up four spots this week to #14, and Louisville jumped eight spots to #15. Buffalo drops from #14 to #18, while Wisconsin pops back into the poll at #24 this week. I didn’t realize that wins over Illinois and Northwestern were that exciting.
Kansas State is the only Marquette opponent in the receiving votes department this week. K-State is the unofficial #29 team in the country this week with 73 points in the polling, about half as many points as they would have needed to surpass Florida State for the final officially ranked position.
Marquette returns to action on Wednesday when they visit Butler in Indianapolis. Tipoff is set for 5:30pm and the broadcast will be on FS1.