Sunday, May 3, 2015

Owls atop Atlantic Ten power rankings

Here are my Atlantic Ten power rankings heading into Wednesday’s matchups. 1. Temple (15-5, 4-2). With Micheal Eric, the Owls are much improved. Expect them to extend their four-game winning streak with upcoming games against Fordham, Rhode Island and George Washington.

Owls atop Atlantic Ten power rankings

Here are my Atlantic Ten power rankings heading into Wednesday’s matchups.

1. Temple (15-5, 4-2). With Micheal Eric, the Owls are much improved. Expect them to extend their four-game winning streak with upcoming games against Fordham, Rhode Island and George Washington.

2. Massachusetts (16-5, 5-2). The Minutemen haven’t exactly had a tough schedule.  But Saturday’s victory over St. Louis goes a long way in the statement-game category.  

3. St. Louis (16-5, 4-3). After winning 12 of their first 13 games, the Billikens are 4-4. St. Louis, however, is tough to beat at home. And that should help down the stretch.

4. La Salle (16-6, 5-2).  The Explorers are having their best season since Doug Overton and Randy Woods were in the backcourt during the 1990-91 season.  La Salle’s schedule is about to get tougher. How will it respond?

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 5. Xavier (14-7, 5-3).  One paper, Xavier is the best team in the A-10. And the Musketeers played that way before the brawl with Cincinnati on Dec. 10. Talk about still taking some lumps.

6. St. Bonaventure (12-7, 5-2).  The Bonnies won three straight and seven of their last nine games.  Yet, people are still wondering if they are legitimate league contenders.

7. St. Joseph’s (13-9, 3-4). The Hawks pulled off a thrilling victory over Dayton only to follow it up with a humbling loss to Temple.  It was their fourth loss in five games. Ouch!

8. Dayton (14-7, 4-3).  The Flyers have lost two straight and are in danger of missing out on an expected first-round bye in March’s A-10 tournament.

9. Duquesne (12-7, 3-4).  The Dukes held a nine-point lead against La Salle on Saturday, but lost 71-68 in large part because they couldn't make stops with the game on the line. It won’t get easier on the road against a motivated Dayton sqaud on Wednesday.

10. Richmond (12-10, 3-4). Talk about being on a seesaw.  Three days after setting a season-high for points (101), the Spiders made a season-low 13 field goals in Saturday’s 62-47 loss to St. Bonaventure. 


11. George Washington (8-13, 3-4).  Let’s just say this hasn’t been an enjoyable season for first-year coach Mike Lonergan.  The Colonials have lost 12 of their last 16 contests.

12. Charlotte (10-10, 2-5).  Don’t count on the 49ers snapping their five-game losing streak to conference opponents at La Salle on Wednesday.  Charlotte struggles to make baskets.

13. Fordham (9-11, 2-5). The Rams are having their best season since the 2006-07 season.  Unfortunately for Fordham, that’s not saying much.

14. Rhode Island (4-18, 1-6).  The Rams snapped a six-game losing streak by upsetting Dayton on Saturday. That’s the good news. The bad news is they are expected to lose eight of their final nine games.

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Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering the Temple basketball and football for the previous three years. Pompey also previously covered the Penn and Drexel men’s basketball team and Villanova football team after initially focusing on high school sports.

Pompey is a native Philadelphian and a University of Pittsburgh graduate. Follow him on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers or reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

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