Ready or not, college basketball’s regular season is nearly upon us.
On Thursday, eight days prior to the curtain being lifted on the 2013-14 campaign, the Associated Press unveiled their preseason Top 25 rankings, with the Marquette Golden Eagles checking in at No. 17.
While John Calipari’s Kentucky Wildcats—headlined by a mind-boggling six freshmen who were McDonald’s All Americans a season ago—were voted by the AP as the preseason favorite, MU, one year removed from earning their first Elite Eight berth in ten years, stood as the lone affiliate of the new Big East to hold a ranking.
However, four Big East clubs (Creighton, 145; Villanova, 14; Georgetown, 11; and St. John’s, 3) did receive votes from the AP voters.
Although Kentucky, the 2012 national champions, receive the lion’s share of first-place votes (27), the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) boasted the most clubs in the preseason rankings with five (Duke, Syracuse, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Virginia), while the Big Ten, headlined by second-ranked Michigan State, had four teams make the cut.
Marquette and sixth-year head coach Buzz Williams tip off their non-conference slate on Friday, Nov. 8 when they play host to Southern.