Marquette men’s basketball played just one game while ranked at #10 in the country in the Associated Press poll last week. That was the 76-58 demolition of Butler down in Indianapolis. That was also good enough for the AP voters to collectively keep the Golden Eagles at #10 in the newest poll that came out on Monday.
The Golden Eagles picked up 1,029 votes this week, just a bit up from 973 points last week. Michigan State slots in at #9 this week with 1,051 points, while Virginia Tech came in at #11 with 948 points. John Bednarowski (Marietta Daily Journal) and Scott Wolf (Los Angeles Daily News) are Marquette’s two biggest champions this week, slotting Marquette in at #7 in the poll. There are 27 voters with Marquette at #8 and #9, which would seem to indicate that the Golden Eagles are starting to build a little momentum to move up in the poll. Jesse Newell (Kansas City Star) continues to lag behind, as there are three people voting MU at #13 and then Newell is the final vote at #22. I know he has a system and so on and so forth, so it is what it is.
There are no Marquette opponents ranked better than the Golden Eagles again this week, and that’s pretty neat. Kansas dropped from #11 to #13 this week, while Villanova stayed steady at #14 to set up a top 15 game at Fiserv Forum on Saturday afternoon. Louisville dipped one spot to #16 in the new poll, Wisconsin jumped five spots in the poll to move to #19, and Buffalo drops five spots after losing to Bowling Green.
Kansas State is the only unranked team that is getting votes in the poll. They picked up 114 votes this week with 28 voters putting them in the top 25. There will be some interesting votes one way or another next week, as Kansas visits Manhattan on Tuesday night.
Marquette returns to action on Tuesday night as well when they play host to St. John’s at Fiserv Forum. Tip-off is set for 7pm Central with the broadcast coming to you on FS1.