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 Steve Wojciechowski, Tony Chiazza

Led by freshman Ellenson, young Marquette seeks Feb. push

MILWAUKEE (AP) — With 15 wins in coach Steve Wojciechowski's second season on the bench, Marquette seems to playing well for a team that relies so heavily on a young cast led by touted freshman Henry Ellenson.

Unfortunately, the Golden Eagles play in the rough-and-tumble Big East, where the more experienced teams tend to rise to the top.

So to have a shot for an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament, Marquette (15-9, 4-7) needs to make a statement in the final month of the regular season starting with a game Wednesday against No. 20 Providence.

The AP Top 25 Poll

Poll Release: Feb 8
(###) Number of first place votes
RankteamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Villanova (32)21-31,5663
2Maryland (13)22-31,4994
3Oklahoma (7)20-31,4721
4Iowa (11)19-41,4715
5Xavier21-31,3826
6Kansas (1)20-41,3117
7Virginia (1)20-41,2239
8Michigan State20-51,14410
9North Carolina20-41,1362
10West Virginia19-51,08214
11Oregon20-490516
12Miami (FL)19-482617
13Louisville19-581919
14Iowa State17-678113
15Texas A&M18-56638
16SMU20-259312
17Arizona19-549723
18Purdue20-545618
19Dayton20-341324
20Providence18-634911
21Baylor17-633315
22Kentucky18-622820
23Southern California18-522527
24Texas16-819936
25Wichita State18-613221

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