Hey, wanna see some timebending magic? I’m typing this on Wednesday morning, coming up on 48 hours after the Associated Press released their new men’s college basketball top 25 poll on Monday afternoon. Time crunches and other duties as assigned kept me from writing about the new poll before Marquette played on Monday night, and Tuesday wasn’t much better. And yet, I’m going to backdate this post so it looks like it was published on Monday, not long after the poll was released. Neat, huh?
Last week, the Golden Eagles earned 22 points in the AP polling, making them the unofficial #32 team in the country. Then they beat Green Bay but lost to UCLA in between the two polls, and that’s how you go from 10 voters thinking you’re in the top 25 to no voters thinking you’re in the top 25. This will of course be fascinating to watch next Monday, since Marquette already has their second top 10 win of the season as they beat #9 Creighton almost immediately after the poll came out.
The Bluejays are not the top ranked team on Marquette’s schedule in the AP poll this week. That honor goes to Villanova, as the Wildcats picked up 1,163 points to come in at #7 in the country this week, up two spots from last week. Wisconsin has recovered from their loss to Marquette to move up one spot from #13 to #12 in the new poll. That’s it for ranked teams on the schedule.
There are still some teams in the ol’ Receiving Votes department that Marquette will see this season. Xavier picked up 55 points to turn up with an unofficial #29 ranking, and Oklahoma State is right behind them with 48 points. Beating Marquette helped UCLA Bruins out, as they now have nine points up from just one in last week’s poll. They sit in the 35 spot, while Connecticut comes in right behind them with seven points.
Marquette returns to action after the win over the Bluejays on Thursday night when they play host to Seton Hall. Tipoff on FS1 is set for 8pm Central. MU is also scheduled to visit Xavier and their 55 AP points on Sunday, but seeing as the Musketeers are in a COVID shutdown, we’ll have to wait to see if that game actually goes off.