Penn continues to struggle and as a result, remains in the bottom of the City 6 Rankings yet again. The Quakers went 0-2 this week, losing big to #14 Villanova before falling in overtime to Wagner. Plain and simple, Penn hasn’t looked good at all this season, as they have gone 2-6. The Quakers have a long way to go before they can even think about moving out of the basement of the rankings.
5. Saint Joseph’s (4-4)
Saint Joseph’s drops from third to fifth in this week’s rankings, as the Hawks went 0-2 on the week. After a decent showing against Temple in a loss midweek, the Hawks were absolutely blown off their home court by rival Villanova. While losing to Villanova is nothing to be ashamed of, losing by 30 at home, is a different story.
The talent is there for the Hawks, but they need to piece it together and someone needs to step up in crunch time.
4. La Salle (5-4)
After a 2-0 week, the Explorers jump up a spot to fourth in this week’s rankings. Wins over Hartford and Stony Brook aren’t overly impressive, but La Salle won both games, as they should have. For the time being, La Salle moves up just a bit, but the Explorers can afford few mistakes the rest of the way if they hope to meet the expectations for the program this season.
3. Temple (4-4)
The Owls move up a spot in this week’s rankings, coming in at third. Temple went 1-1 on the week, with a win against City 6 opponent Saint Joseph’s and an overtime loss against a now 8-1 Texas squad. The Owls look to be putting things together a bit, having rebounded from three straight losses with three straight wins before the Texas loss. Temple has a deep roster and always seems to pull together a solid squad, so don’t be surprised if the Owls start to make some noise.
2. Drexel (6-2)
Drexel stays put at number two this week, as the Dragons still have yet to lose to an unranked opponent. While they have needed triple-overtime in two of their past three wins, the Dragons have won every game they should have so far this season. With their only losses coming against #22 UCLA and #4 Arizona, the Dragons look pretty solid overall so far this season.
Unfortunately for Drexel, the CAA tends to get little respect from the selection committee come tournament time, so the Dragons’ best option is to win the conference tournament for an automatic bid. Yes, I know it is only December, I’m just saying.
1. Villanova (9-0)
It’s Villanova, 50 feet of crap and then everybody else in the City 6 so far this season. That’s not meant as an insult t the rest of the teams, the Wildcats are just that good so far. At 9-0, Villanova boasts wins over two ranked opponents and dominated both their games this week over City 6 opponents Penn and Saint Joseph’s.
With an extremely deep lineup, the Wildcats have the ability to win even when one of their stars is having a poor game. My condolences to anyone who gets in Villanova’s way right now.
By: Kyle Babcock
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