For a team that returned almost the entire roster from the previous year, last year's Quakers team couldn't piece it together on the court. Plagued by inconsistency and turnovers, 2-3 was the best it got for Penn in the 2013-14 season. This was quickly followed by a 7 game losing streak that saw the Quakers go winless the entire month of December. Sixth year coach, Jerome Allen, will have to quickly integrate the incoming talent into the system to have a chance in the the Ivy League this year, with defending champion Harvard once again the favorite.
The defending Atlantic 10 Tournament champions will be a team in transition for the 2014-2015 season. After graduating the bulk of their lineup from a strong 2013-2014 squad, the Hawks will look to a youthful roster to step up as the season progresses.
We are just under a month away from the start of the 2014-2015 Men's Basketball season, with the first slate of games to commence on Friday November 14th. As with every college basketball season, some familiar faces are gone but some will return, and there will be some new faces that will become a big part of the school's future. The final City 6 power rankings from last season went as such:
2) Saint Joseph's
4) La Salle
Obviously, these rankings will shake up quite a bit this season, especially with teams like Saint Joseph's losing quite a bit of production from last season.
Keeping with the narrative developed over this three-game home stand, the Flyers capped off the stretch of games with a loss 4-3 to the Anaheim Ducks tonight after taking them to a shootout. The Flyers now sit at 0-2-2, the same amount of points they had in the first 4 games last year. (1-3-0)
Everything went right for the Eagles last night; Shady was picking up large gains on the ground, Foles found his receivers early and often, the offensive line pushed the Giants' pass rushers around, and the defense didn't allow a single point. It was the complete opposite for the G-Men, as Eli was sacked six times on the night and they had no answer for the Eagles' aerial attack.
Every team in football has it's rivalry matchups, but it seems like the rivalry games that the Eagles have are just a thousand times better than those other, less important teams. Those four Cowboys and Giants games a year are always great, especially when the Birds fly off with a win. Yeah, the Redskins are a rival too, but they're never as worthy an opponent as the Cowboys and Giants. It's always personal and always filled with trash talk.
Despite sloppy play, the Flyers battled back from a 3-0 deficit and then a 4-3 deficit in front of the home crowd at the Wells Fargo Center. Former Flyer Dainius Zubrus gave the Devils the 5-4 lead by beating goalie Steve Mason from the right circle with 12:47 left. An empty netter from Mike Cammalleri sealed the Flyers fate and sent the Devils home with a 6-4 victory.
Just as it looked like the season opener was heading to overtime and the Flyers would get at least 1 point, Chris Kelly wiped the tension out of the air with a goal coming with only 1:51 left in the game. This put the Atlantic Division favorite Boston Bruins up 2-1 and gave them the win. The Flyers fought hard, led by Steve Mason as per usual, but it wasn't enough to start the season 1-0-0.
A huge part of what made 2013 a special season for the Eagles was the talent they had on the offensive line. Not only that, but they stayed healthy all season long and helped the Eagles capture the division title. This season, however, the Birds have suffered quite a few injuries and suspensions on the line, more than making up for last season.