New week, new Associated Press women’s college basketball top 25, new location for Marquette Golden Eagles women’s hoops.
Unfortunately, it’s a bad new location.
After picking up four points in the preseason AP poll, the voters who had Marquette’s back in that set of rankings have abandoned the Golden Eagles. In Monday’s brand new AP poll, the first since the season started on November 25th, Megan Duffy’s team picked up a grand total of zero votes. No points accrued. Zip. Zilch. Nada.
This comes after Marquette beat North Dakota 90-82 on Sunday afternoon in a game where MU had an 18 point lead before the Fighting Hawks closed on a 12-2 run to end the game but never put the result in danger. I don’t know how many voters did have MU in their top 25 to start the season, as it could have been one 22nd place vote or four 25th place votes or something in between. In any case, I suspect that anyone who did vote for Marquette in the preseason may have only seen the eight point margin and didn’t take into account that it was a road game nor how the game had actually gone.
Such is life, I suppose.
Connecticut remains the top ranked team on Marquette’s schedule this season, even though the Huskies have yet to play a game thanks to a positive COVID test late in their preseason preparations. UConn sits at #3, same as in the preseason poll. DePaul has fallen one spot in the updated rankings, going from #19 to #20. The Blue Demons lost their opener ever so slightly to Texas A&M, which moved from #13 to #12 thanks to that result.
That does it for ranked teams on the MU slate, and that wraps it up for teams earning votes, too. When the preseason poll was announced, there weren’t any non-conference games for MU announced at the time. However, looking back at the preseason rankings, none of MU’s non-conference remaining non-conference opponents — UW-Milwaukee, Prairie View A&M, and Belmont — were getting votes at the time. Thus, this new poll constitutes nothing different from last time.
The Golden Eagles will be back on the court on Wednesday afternoon. Milwaukee will be making the cross-town trip for a matinee that starts at 1pm Central time. Marquette will get a second chance to impress the voters on Friday afternoon when they host Providence to open up Big East play with a 2pm CT start.
You can check out the full top 25 poll right here.