Not much movement in this week's rankings, but there could be a lot in the coming weeks, as conference play gets into full swing and we start to see how each squad deals with the rash of injuries that has swept the City 6 of late.
The Explorers were on the road today, as they visited the Palumbo Center for a matchup with the 8-5 Duquesne Dukes. Duquesne entered the contest looking for their sixth straight win, while La Salle was seeking its third in a row. The Explorers closed a tightly contested first half on a 14-4 run, and would carry that momentum into the second half on their way to a 75-56 win.
Saint Joseph's traveled to Fairfax, Virginia tonight, as they faced the 7-8 George Mason Patriots. With a shorter bench than usual due to a recent rash of injuries, the Hawks would be forced to look to other members of the team to step up. The healthy members of the team would do just that, battling back from a halftime deficit to top George Mason, 84-80.
The 24th-ranked Memphis Tigers visited a slumping Temple Owls squad for today's matinee at the Liacouras Center. Suffering from multiple injuries, the Owls entered the game with a short bench and little margin for error. Temple came into the contest still seeking its first win in the AAC, and looking to snap a three-game losing streak.
Villanova was able to go into Madison Square Garden and defeat a motivated St. John's squad 74-67. Jayvaughn Pinkston led the way for the Wildcats, scoring 15 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in his 37 minutes of play, while also adding two steals and some terrific defense along the way.
Temple welcomed South Florida to the Liacouras Center tonight, as the Owls and Bulls both looked to snap two-game losing streaks. Having met just once before, in the Second Round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament, a game South Florida won, the two teams squared off for the first time as members of the AAC, in the conference's inaugural season.
The eighth-ranked Villanova Wildcats visited the Prudential Center Wednesday night, as they squared off with 10-5 Seton Hall. It wasn't the prettiest game for Villanova, but the Wildcats were able to take care of business, beating a weakened Pirates squad 83-67.
Just when I thought you couldn't possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this... and totally redeem yourself!