The Marquette Golden Eagles certainly had themselves a nice week.
Following a pair of home triumphs over ranked conference foes Syracuse and Notre Dame, MU (21-7, 12-4), winners in six of their past eight outings, was ranked 15th in the most recent AP top 25 poll, which was released on Monday.
While the Bulldogs of Gonzaga proved to be the story of the week as the heralded mid-major program earned its first No. 1 ranking in school history, Marquette proved to be the biggest mover and shaker within the poll.
Entering this past week at No. 22, MU, who plays at Rutgers in its second-to-last regular season contest tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. CT, moved up seven spots in the latest installment of the AP poll—the largest northbound leap of any team.
Other league affiliates joining the Golden Eagles in the week 18 rankings were Georgetown (No. 5), who received two first-place votes; Louisville (No. 8); Syracuse (No. 18); Pittsburgh (No. 20); and Notre Dame (No. 24).
With the regular season coming to a close this weekend, MU, who has won at least 20 games in each of the past eight seasons, are tied with Rick Pitino’s Louisville Cardinals in second place, one game behind the Hoyas of Georgetown.