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Marquette was picked ninth in the preseason Big East poll -- ahead of only Georgetown and DePaul. Fast-forward to the present, and it appears the voters got the bottom two teams right considering the Hoyas and Blue Demons are a combined 1-12 in league games and occupying the last two spots in the league standings.

But Marquette?

Marquette is exceeding all reasonable expectations. After Sunday's 75-64 win over Xavier, the Golden Eagles are 14-6 overall, 6-3 in the Big East and (based on winning percentages within the league) tied for third in the conference standings. More impressively, they're on a six-game winning streak featuring victories over Villanova, Providence, Xavier and Seton Hall. They have six Quadrant 1 wins. That's the second-most in the nation.

Only Baylor has more.

What's most remarkable about Marquette's six-game winning streak is that it's come on the heels of a four-game losing streak. First-year coach Shaka Smart talked about it following Sunday's victory.

"Losing four in a row — we got humbled by UCLA, and then we had three conference games where we were in position to win the game, late in the game, and we didn't," Smart said. "I think what you take out of that as a team, is we can win, we can find a way to win those games, but we've got to be a little bit better in a variety of areas. And, I think we've continued to get better."

Marquette jumped from No. 25 to No. 20 in Monday morning's updated CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings, which caused Tennessee, UConn, Iowa State and Davidson to be pushed down one spot each, no fault of their own. Auburncoming off of an 80-71 win over Kentucky, remains No. 1 for the 13th consecutive day.

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Top 25 And 1 rankings

Biggest Movers
5 Marquette
5 Xavier
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1 Auburn Auburn is 10-1 in the first two quadrants and on a 15-game winning streak. The Tigers' next game is Tuesday at Missouri. -- 28-6
2 Gonzaga Gonzaga has won eight straight games since losing to Alabama. The Zags' next game is Thursday against Loyola Marymount. -- 28-4
3 Baylor Baylor leads the nation with seven Quadrant 1 wins and is 9-2 in the first two quadrants. The Bears' next game is Tuesday against Kansas State. -- 27-7
4 Kansas Kansas' four-game winning streak features three Quadrant 1 wins. The Jayhawks' next game is Monday against Texas Tech. -- 34-6
5 Arizona Arizona is 6-1 in the first two quadrants with the lone loss being a single-digit loss at Tennessee. The Wildcats' next game is Tuesday at UCLA. -- 33-4
6 Michigan St. Michigan State is 10-1 in its past 11 games with the highlight being a win at Wisconsin. The Spartans' next game is Tuesday at Illinois. -- 23-13
7 Houston Houston's nine-game winning streak features seven double-digit victories. The Cougars' next game is Saturday at UCF. -- 32-6
8 Purdue Purdue is 6-3 in the first two quadrants with wins over Villanova and Illinois. The Boilermakers' next game is Thursday at Iowa. -- 29-8
9 Kentucky Kentucky's four losses have all come in Quadrant 1 games away from home. The Wildcats' next game is Tuesday against Mississippi State. -- 26-8
10 Wisconsin Wisconsin is 10-3 in the first two quadrants with wins over Purdue, Houston, Ohio State and Marquette. The Badgers' next game is Thursday at Nebraska. -- 25-8
11 UCLA UCLA is 6-2 in the first two quadrants thanks to a three-game winning streak highlighted by a victory at Colorado. The Bruins' next game is Tuesday against Arizona. -- 27-8
12 Villanova Villanova is 7-1 in its past eight games with the lone loss in that stretch coming to Marquette. The Wildcats' next game is Tuesday against DePaul. -- 30-8
13 Texas Tech Texas Tech is 5-1 in its past six games with wins over Baylor, Kansas and Iowa State. The Red Raiders' next game is Monday at Kansas. -- 27-10
14 Duke Duke is 4-3 in the first two quadrants with losses to Miami and Florida State. The Blue Devils' next game is Tuesday against Clemson. -- 32-7
15 LSU LSU is 2-3 since losing Xavier Pinson to a knee injury that he's expected to return from soon. The Tigers' next game is Wednesday against Texas A&M. -- 22-12
16 USC USC's 6-2 record in the first two quadrants is highlighted by a win over San Diego State. The Trojans' next game is Monday against Arizona State. 1 26-8
17 Ohio St. Ohio State's 4-4 record in the first quadrants includes zero losses outside of Quadrant 1. The Buckeyes' next game is Thursday at Minnesota. 1 20-12
18 Providence Providence's 4-1 Quadrant 1 record includes wins over Wisconsin and Texas Tech. The Friars' next game is Wednesday at Xavier. 1 27-6
19 BYU BYU is 7-1 in its past eight games with the lone loss in that stretch coming at Gonzaga. The Cougars' next game is Thursday at Santa Clara. 1 24-11
20 Marquette Marquette is 7-6 in the first two quadrants and on a six-game winning streak highlighted by victories over Villanova and Xavier. The Golden Eagles' next game is Wednesday at Seton Hall. 5 19-13
21 Xavier Xavier's 7-4 record in the first two quadrants includes five Quadrant 2 wins. The Musketeers' next game is Wednesday against Providence. 5 23-13
22 Tennessee Tennessee's 5-5 record in the first two quadrants includes zero losses outside of Quadrant 1. The Vols' next game is Wednesday against Florida. 1 27-8
23 Connecticut UConn is 4-4 in the first two quadrants and the only team with a win over Auburn. The Huskies' next game is Tuesday against Georgetown. 1 23-10
24 Iowa St. Iowa State is 2-5 in its past seven games but still above .500 in the first two quadrants. The Cyclones' next game is Wednesday at Oklahoma State. 1 22-13
25 Davidson Davidson is 3-2 in the first two quadrants and on a 15-game winning streak. The Wildcats' next game is Wednesday against VCU. 1 27-7
26 Colo. St. Colorado State is 4-1 in the first two quadrants with the lone loss coming at San Diego State. The Rams' next game is Tuesday against Nevada. -- 25-6