After going 2-0 last week, Penn was oh so close to finally working their way out of the cellar. Then they went 0-2 this week and pissed those chances away for at least another week.
The Quakers lost to Yale by 15 on Friday and followed that with a 7-point loss to Brown on Saturday. Sadly, at 6-15 the Quakers are still in the middle of the pack for the Ivy League. Sorry Penn fans, you stay in sixth yet again.
5. Temple (7-17)
Temple, you baffle me. Clearly depth has been an issue all season and some of your struggles can be chalked up to that. The fact that the Owls can't play defense worth a damn doesn't help either.
That being said, Temple did manage to go 1-1 this week. The Owls lost to #13 Louisville on Friday, as the Cardinals just ran them off the court. Temple followed that with an upset win over Larry Brown and his #23 SMU Mustangs on Sunday.
It's been a rough year for Temple. Probably the roughest in decades. For another week however, the Owls remain at fifth in the rankings, but have little margin for error if they wish to stay in front of a terrible Penn squad.
4. La Salle (12-12)
The Explorers continued their slide this week, as they lost their only game of the week against Saint Joseph's on Saturday. While the Hawks are good, the Explorers are just trending completely in the wrong direction at this point.
Having lost six of their past seven, La Salle now finds themselves at 12-12 on the season and their only hope to make the tournament will be if they somehow win the Atlantic 10 Tournament. As a result, the Explorers slide one spot this week to #4.
3. Drexel (14-11)
Hey, how about that. The Dragons move up a spot to #3 this week. Sure, they lost to Charleston on Thursday, but the Dragons bounced back with a win over Hofstra last night.
Sure, Hofstra sucks, but the Dragons have won three of their past four, and with how bad La Salle has played of late, get to move up a spot to #3.
2. Saint Joseph’s (17-7)
They were only in action once this week, but the Hawks came away victorious over City 6 rival La Salle. More impressive, Saint Joseph's finally made some free throws (18-of-22) for a change.
The Hawks look to be firing on all cylinders at the moment and are heating up at the right time. At 17-7 and having won 13 of their past 16 games, the Hawks aren't quite ready to unseat Villanova from the top of the rankings, but they're getting closer.
1. Villanova (22-3)
Villanova routed DePaul midweek before losing just their third game of the season in a blowout to Creighton yesterday. Plain and simple, the Bluejays have owned the Wildcats in both matchups this season, but Villanova has just one blemish on their record outside of those.
They remain in the top 10 nationally at #9, and the Wildcats remain at #1 in the City 6 rankings yet again.
By: Kyle Babcock
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