Over the last two weeks, Marquette men’s basketball has been absent from the Associated Press top 25 poll. The Golden Eagles started out the year earning a few votes in the preseason poll before dipping a bit in Week #3 and then falling out in Week #4.
Well, here in Week #6, Marquette is back receiving votes again. It’s a little bit surprising. Marquette on this Monday isn’t all that different from the team that they were last Monday, fresh off of a loss to Maryland. Sure, they beat Jacksonville without Markus Howard in the lineup on Wednesday and then went into Kansas State’s gym and won on Saturday. Those aren’t particularly world beating wins, but they were enough to impress five voters.
Marquette is the unofficial #30 team in the country this week after earning 11 points. They have one 21st place vote, two votes at #24 in the country, and two more at #25.
There was a bit of volatility in the ol’ rankings in terms of teams on Marquette’s schedule this week. The aforementioned Maryland Terrapins fell one spot to #4 this week, even though they’re still undefeated. Butler is also still undefeated this season, and they’ve bounced up six spots to #18 this week. Villanova rose three spots from last week up to #20 here, while Seton Hall plunged six spots to #22. Xavier finds themselves ranked again in the top 25 after falling out last week.
Down in the receiving votes department, Marquette has their fair share of company from their schedule. Purdue isn’t all that far from the top 25 with 130 points this week. Georgetown had an interesting week in the general news department, but in pure basketball terms, they did pick up two road wins which does explain the four points in the AP poll. Finally, we have to acknowledge that DePaul got one 25th place vote this week. Had the Blue Demons defeated Buffalo at Wintrust Arena on Sunday, there was a very strong case to be made that they should be officially ranked and not just getting votes. They suffered their first loss of the season, though, so we’ll see how they bounce back from that.
Marquette will be off all this week due to Finals Week on campus. They’ll return to action when Grambling State comes to Milwaukee on Tuesday, December 17th.