After Marquette men’s basketball lost on Saturday, I figured that was the end of the Golden Eagles getting Associated Press votes for a while. They jumped into the top 25 after beating Butler on February 9, and then stayed in the top 25 the following week after only losing a road game to Villanova. The following week they lost to Creighton and Providence and dropped out. This past week saw the aforementioned loss to the Pirates and a win over a hilariously decimated Georgetown team that barely counts as a Division 1 opponent.
AND YET, SOMEHOW
There are four people still putting the Golden Eagles in their personal top 25.
BJ Rains, Scott Wolf, Brian Holland, and James Crepea are some pretty big-hearted people, as they are continuing to reward a team that has lost four of the last five games. Rains and Wolf have Marquette at #22, while Holland and Crepea have them at #24. That’s 12 total points in the poll, which makes MU the unofficial #33 team in the country this week.
I can’t really argue with the #33 part, but the top 25 votes just make no sense at all right now.
Seton Hall bounced up to #8 in the country from #13 last week to become the highest ranked team on Marquette’s schedule this year. Maryland stayed steady at #9, but became the second best team on MU’s slate. Creighton dropped out of the top 10, but only down one spot to #11. Villanova also lost ground, falling two spots to #14. Wisconsin made a big ol’ jump, going from the unofficial #37 spot last week to #24 in the country right now. They’ve won six in a row and benefited from beating then-#19 Michigan in their most recent game.
Butler just missed out on the top 25, coming in just one spot short of the poll with 68 points. Providence snagged 17 points and a #20 ranking from Mr. Crepea. USC turned up in the receiving votes department with one 25th place ballot.
Marquette returns to action on Tuesday night when they visit DePaul at Wintrust Arena. Let’s all cross our fingers and hope that the Golden Eagles will be as successful as Jon Moxley.