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Marquette Continues To Gain Points In The AP Poll

And also continue to move away from the top 25.

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Last week, Marquette men’s basketball increased their Associated Press top 25 point total from the week before, but moved positionally away from the top 25.

The same thing has happened again. I suspect that the volatility of college basketball this season is causing a wider variety of teams to earn votes, thus the differential of gaining while also losing ground.

Marquette picked up 28 points this week after earning 23 last week. This has them as the unofficial #34 team in the country after sitting at #32 a week ago. Iowa is the #25 team in the country with 125 points, so the Golden Eagles are still a long way off from getting ranked.

59 voters left Marquette off their ballot this week. Luke DeCock from the Raleigh News & Observer is MU’s biggest supporter, locking the Golden Eagles in at #18 in the country this week. Marquette earned one vote each at #20, #23, and #25, while getting two votes at #21 in the country.

Villanova is now the highest ranked team on Marquette’s schedule this week, making an eight spot leap to #10 after beating then-#1 Kansas on Saturday. Butler and Maryland are #12 and #13 right next to one another in the rankings, although that’s a five spot boost for the Bulldogs and a six spot drop for the Terps.

That’s it for ranked teams on MU’s schedule, but check out all of these teams receiving votes: Xavier (68 points), DePaul (54), Creighton (12), Purdue (11), Georgetown (9), St. John’s (4), and Seton Hall (2). For those of you counting along at home, Providence is the only Big East team that did not get at least one AP vote from someone this week.

Marquette is off until Saturday, December 28th. They’ll wrap up non-conference play by hosting Central Arkansas, with first tip on FS1 scheduled for 1pm Central. A road trip to Creighton on New Year’s Day will kick off Big East play.

You can check out the entire poll here and each of Marquette’s votes here.