Another week, another set of rankings that Penn finds themselves at the bottom of. The Quakers played just one game this week, as they welcomed Saint Joseph's to the Palestra yesterday. The game went about as well as this entire season has for Penn, as they were routed 85-68, so yet again, the Quakers come in at sixth in this week's rankings.
5. Temple (5-11)
The Owls continue to struggle immensely. They lost both of their games this week and are winless in their past six games. After a loss to a ranked Cincinnati squad on Tuesday, Temple dropped a Saturday rendezvous with fellow Big 5 and City 6 school La Salle.
Temple is battered and bruised at this point in the season. With Daniel Dingle potentially out for the season and Will Cummings still suffering from concussion symptoms, the Owls are undermanned and running out of season to make up for their poor start. Struggling to gain their footing, Temple yet again finds themselves at fifth in the rankings.
4. Drexel (10-7)
Drexel has stumbled of late after a great start to the season. The Dragons went 1-1 this week, dropping a contest on Tuesday to Towson before beating UNCW yesterday. Drexel has lost four of its last six contests and continue to trend downward. After a mediocre week, the Dragons find themselves staying put at #4 this week.
3. La Salle (11-6)
The Explorers are on a roll of late, as they appear to finally have found their groove. La Salle won both of their contests this week and have yet to lose in the 2014 calendar year (5-0).
La Salle topped Rhode Island midweek before beating Temple yesterday at the Palestra for College GameDay. The Explorers appear to be much closer to firing on all cylinders at this point after a slow start to the season. This week they yet again come in at third in the rankings, but if they continue their strong play of late could move up in the coming weeks.
2. Saint Joseph’s (12-5)
Saint Joseph's went 2-0 this week with wins over Duquesne and Penn. In both games the Hawks dominated the first half to put the game away early. They throttled things back in the second half of both games, letting the reserves see solid minutes, but were still in control.
With Ronald Roberts, Jr. returning yesterday, as well as Isaiah Miles, the Hawks are back to full strength and could make some noise after seeing improved play from their bench in Roberts' absence. Saint Joseph's comes in at second in the rankings yet again, as Villanova is still the superior team in the city by far, but the Hawks are starting to look like a team that could be tournament bound come March.
1. Villanova (16-1)
The Wildcats played just one game this week, a win over DePaul in a rout. Villanova again showed off their depth in the win and are by far the best team in the city. They may be sixth nationally (as I write this, they may be ranked higher by the time this gets posted), but they are #1 in the city.
By: Kyle Babcock
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