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How much was 'Nova hurt by UConn loss?

I've been wondering for a few days how badly Villanova was hurt in the rankings by Monday's loss to Connecticut, and today I finally had time to look it up.

How much was 'Nova hurt by UConn loss?

I've been wondering for a few days how badly Villanova was hurt in the rankings by Monday's loss to Connecticut, and today I finally had time to look it up. Obviously there have been games since then, but not so many that the numbers aren't still fair.

The answer seems to be that the Wildcats didn't suffer much. They've only moved down two spots in Pomeroy and Basketball State since last Friday, and three spots in the RPI. But they were hit hard in the Sagarin rankings, falling from fourth to 40th.

A win Sunday at Pittsburgh would certainly reverse that. For now, though, all eyes are on the Palestra, which will host three games in 26 hours starting tonight. Penn plays Brown this evening and Yale tomorrow, both at 7 p.m., and Temple faces off against St. Joe's in a Big 5 game at noon tomorrow.

I'll be liveblogging Temple-St. Joe's, so please join me for that. It'll be nice to be in the Palestra for an afternoon game, which is a real treat with the sun coming through the windows in the ceiling.

Here's the weekly stats compilation. You'll note that I got rid of the table of national teams this week. I did so mainly because I feel like we know a lot about the teams in question already, and I also think that there's just too much parity out there to pick a few teams to feature.

That will make March a lot of fun, but for the moment it's making February rather frustrating.

City Six rankings table

Team
Record
Conf.
Big 5
Drexel
15-13
10-6
1-2
115 (104)
101 (104)
120 (111)
124 (123)
109 (107) 
La Salle
11-14
3-8
1-1
148 (124)
126 (97)
145 (120)
173 (144)
83 (71)
Penn
4-17
3-4
0-4
309 (324)
292 (316)
317 (325)
303 (308)
182 (160)
St. Joseph's
9-17
3-9
2-1
195 (186)
195 (179)
190 (187)
207 (193)
53 (42)
Temple
21-5
9-2
2-0
30 (34)
14 (17)
22 (18)
24 (26)
59 (48)
Villanova
22-3
11-2
3-1
15 (13)
7 (4)
40 (4)
7 (5)
24 (36)

Schuylkill 16 NCAA Tournament teamsheets

Team
Wins
Losses
Top 50 wins
201+ losses
Avg. win
Avg. loss
12
15
0
8
281
184
7
20
0
4
222
107
Delaware St.
14
10
0
2
224
150
15
13
0
1
202
86
11
14
0
1
234
55
Lafayette
15
11
0
6
277
202
17
9
0
4
277
169
12
15
0
6
279
202
4
17
0
8
251
166
Penn State
9
16
0
3
226
93
Princeton
15
6
0
1
238
115
Rider
15
13
0
1
222
112
Rutgers
14
12
1
0
165
51
Saint Joseph's
9
17
1
0
195
87
Temple
21
5
6
0
139
39
Villanova
22
3
5
0
115
23

Jonathan Tannenwald Philly.com
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