1. Villanova Wildcats
(#6 NCAA, 20-2, 8-1 Big East, 4-0 City Six)
Last week: W @ Temple, W vs. Xavier
Ok. Now that we’ve established how foolish I was to think that Xavier was a player in the Big East, can we move on. Clearly, this conference is all about Villanova and Creighton. (People in Rhode Island might disagree with me, but I’m not buying Providence anymore after losing to a below average Marquette team.) The Wildcats have Seton Hall this week and DePaul on the 12th before the huge rematch with the ‘Jays on February 16th.
2. St. Joseph’s Hawks
(15-6, 5-2 Atlantic 10, 2-2 City Six)
Last week: W @ Dayton, W vs. #21 UMass
You know. I’m beginning to think that the Hawks (and not LaSalle) can be that sneaky good team coming out of the A-10 that no one’s thinking about. St. Joseph’s beat Dayton by three and came back to beat UMass a few days later by five. If the Hawks beat #13 Saint Louis tomorrow and don’t hiccup against VCU on Saturday, St. Joesph’s could be a top-25 team next week.
3. La Salle Explorers
(12-9, 4-3 Atlantic 10, 2-1 City Six)
Last week: L @ George Washington, W vs. Duquesne
Before their win against Duquesne, La Salle’s last couple games reminded me of a Coolio lyric: “Slide, slide, slippity slide”. The Explorers had a portion of the schedule that would play into their favor with George Washington, VCU, UMass and Saint Louis on the schedule with Duquesne mixed in. So far, they’re 1-2 in that stretch with Duquesne being the one win. UMass and Saint Louis are next, and La Salle needs BOTH of these games to be wins.
4. Drexel Dragons
(12-10, 4-5 Colonial Athletic Association, 0-1 City Six)
Last week: W @ Hofstra, L @ Towson, W vs. UNC Wilmington
The fat lady might just be tuning up for the Dragons unless they can do some serious damage in the CAA tournament — which is unlikely. Drexel has just been way too up and down since their 8-3 start to the season. That’s such a shame since a four point loss to Arizona could’ve been the catalyst to a really good year for the Dragons.
5. Temple Owls
(6-14, 1-7 American Athletic Conference, 2-2 City Six)
Last week: W vs. Rutgers, L vs. #9 Villanova
It’s been a real rough year for the Temple Owls. Being thrown into a very competitive new conference such as the American was only the beginning. If Temple were still in the Big East, I can imagine the Owls having a better conference record than 1-7. Temple finally got their first win in the American only to get blasted by 16 at home to the Villanova Wildcats. The Owls are on the road in Texas to face SMU and Houston before facing the defending national champs on February 13th.
6. Pennsylvania Quakers
(4-13, 1-2 Ivy League, 0-4 City Six)
Last week: L @ Dartmouth, L @ Harvard
If the fat lady is just tuning up for the Drexel Dragons, she’s been singing for quite a while on the UPenn campus. I was really hoping that the Quakers would rattle off some kind of spiteful win streak to prove me wrong and run the table in the Ivy League. Losing to Dartmouth by nine and Harvard by 30 pretty much ended that possibility. Cornell is in town on Friday followed by Columbia on Saturday. Come on UPenn. I still believe.