The first in-season Associated Press top 25 poll for men’s college basketball came out on Monday, as expected, and Marquette............ is exactly where they were in the preseason poll: On the outside looking in.
Well, not completely exactly where they were. Yes, Marquette still comes in as the unofficial #29 team in the country in the newest AP poll, same as in the preseason, but the Golden Eagles lost a point somewhere along the way. In the preseason poll, MU had 68 points, and now they’re at 67. Texas jumped up in front of Marquette thanks to their win over then-#23 Purdue, earning 95 points this week, while Tennessee slips behind Marquette, going from #28 to #30. The Vols are down at 49 points, so there seems to be a bit of a solid jump down going from #28 to #30.
Marquette’s biggest supporter this week is Chris Basnett. The scribe from the Lincoln Journal Star has the Golden Eagles at #16 in the country. One voter each has MU at 17, 18 and 19, with two voters suddenly joining forces at #20. Back down to one each at 21-23, while Milwaukee’s own Ben Steele and Dave Borges from the New Haven Register both have Marquette at #24. Four voters slotted the Golden Eagles at #25, and everyone else left MU out of the ballot all together.
We have a pretty long list of Marquette foes in the poll, as you might expect. Maryland leads the way, coming in at #7 in the country, same as last week. We still don’t know if MU will get to see the Terps in Disney World, but the most optimistic outlook on the Orlando Invitational says that we well. Villanova is the top Big East team in the poll, holding steady at #10, while Seton Hall are still two spots behind them at #12. Xavier dips two spots to #21 this week, even though they’re 2-0, to round out the list of ranked future opponents.
The laundry list of MU foes continues in the receiving votes department: Providence at 23 points, Purdue at 21 points, Georgetown inexplicably at #38 with four points, and Creighton with a solitary 25th place vote from Rick Bozich. Get down with your bad self, Rick.
Marquette returns to action on Wednesday night when Purdue comes to Fiserv Forum as part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games. That one is set to start at 8pm Central with the TV broadcast coming to you on FS1.