Slowly but surely, the Marquette Golden Eagles are climbing the college basketball rankings ladder.
Marquette, who did not receive a single vote in this past week's poll, have won four straight heading into their weekend matchup with Pittsburgh (who dropped from the rankings follow back-to-back losses to Cincinnati and St. John’s, respectively) and are one of only two Big East affiliates—joining Syracuse—to have two conference wins to their name.
Seeking to improve to 3-0 in league play for the first time since the 2008-09 campaign, MU currently holds top-five conference rankings in field goal percentage (53.6 percent, 4th) and free-throw percentage (72.6 percent, third), while averaging 15.4 assists per outing (good for 61st nationally).
In addition to the blue and gold, six Big East clubs received votes in this week’s poll (No. 3 Louisville; No. 7 Syracuse; No. 17 Notre Dame; No. 19 Georgetown; No. 21 Cincinnati and Pittsburgh), with the Panthers joining Marquette as the two league members to not reside within the AP top 25.