Archive: October, 2010
Villanova is ranked sixth and Temple is ranked 22nd in the preseason Associated Press college basketball poll released today.
Villanova, which finished last season ranked ninth, picked up 1,198 points, based on 25 points for a first-place vote and one point for a 25th-place vote. The poll is based on voting by 65 national media members.
Temple, which finished 12th in the final poll last season, received 265 points. No other Philadelphia team received any points.
Penn was selected fourth in the preseason Ivy League poll in a vote of 17 selected Ivy League representatives.
Princeton was chosen to win the league for the first time since 2004-05. The Tigers received 12 first-place votes.
They were followed by Harvard (120 points, 4 first place) and Cornell (96, 1 first place).
NEW YORK – Three-time defending Atlantic 10 Conference champion Temple was voted as the favorite to repeat again in a vote of the league's head coaches and selected media members. The results were announced today at A-10 media day.
The Owls received 19 first-place votes and had 350 points. Xavier (325) and Richmond (311) each received three first-place votes and were picked to finish second and third in the league, respectively. Dayton was listed first on one ballot and finished with 310 points to place fourth in the preseason poll.
Rhode Island (233) was selected fifth followed by Saint Louis (223), Charlotte (218), Duquesne (172) and La Salle (133). George Washington (130) placed 10th in the voting followed by Massachusetts (126), Saint Joseph’s (91), St. Bonaventure (80) and Fordham (28).
Villanova was picked second in the Big East preseason coaches' poll released today at the league's media day. The Wildcats received one first-place vote.
Pittsburgh was the overwhelming choice with 12 first-place votes and 222 total points. Villanova had 208 points.
Syracuse was third with two first-place votes and 188 points.
Drexel was picked to finish sixth in the Colonial Athletic Association in a vote of coaches, sports information directors and media announced at the league’s annual media day in Arlington, Va.
Old Dominion, which returns four starters from last year’s CAA championship team that went 27-9, is favored to repeat.
The Monarchs were followed in the voting by George Mason, VCU, James Madison and Hofstra. Picked sixth was Drexel, followed by Northeastern, William and Mary, Delaware, Towson, Georgia State and UNC Wilmington.
Former Monmouth forward Dutch Gaitley will play for Temple this season after being granted a one-time transfer exception by the NCAA.
Gaitley, a 6-9, 240-pounder, graduated after 3 years at Monmouth. He is enrolled in Temple graduate school. Gaitley informed Monmouth in the spring that he would not return.
“Dutch is a hard-working, bright young man who will be a good addition to our program,” Temple coach Fran Dunphy said in a statement.
La Salle graduate Yves Mekongo has signed a contract to play professionally for Factum Sport Debrecen in the Hungarian A Division. Mekongo, a two-time Academic All-American and first-team selection in 2009-10, was the Atlantic 10 men’s basketball student-athlete of the year last year.
The Cameroon native averaged 11.0 points in 2009-10 and finished his career with 1,014 points. He joins former teammate Rodney Green as a professional player. Green is playing for Galil Galboa in the Israel Premier League, averaging 10.5 points and four rebounds per game in EuroLeague action.