I was thinking about starting this off with a joke about being a day late and a dollar short, but as you've all probably seen by now this isn't a particularly good time for me to do that.
So instead, this week's poll results are accompanied by an extra helping of data. After the rankings, you'll see the regular Tuesday rankings compilation for the City Six and an updated RPI results table for the Schuylkill 16.
You will notice that some of the numbers have changed from last week. That's because there has been movement in and out of the Top 50 as well as the bottom 201+. It's a reminder of how fluid the RPI is as an entity, and also just how much the selection committee does in the short amount of time they have to put the bracket together.
Not that it'll stop us from criticizing their choices on Selection Sunday, of course...
Speaking of tournaments, it's now official that the ACC is selling tickets to its conference tournament next month. They are only selling full-tournament books and they're upper deck seats at the Georgiat Dome, but $363 total for 11 games sounds like a pretty good deal to me. Especially since it's the first ever public sale of tickets for the ACC Tournament.
Off we go with this week's rankings. Is it possible that Monmouth's win over Robert Morris - the next-to-last-place team in the Northeast Conference knocking off the first-place team - was the biggest result of the week?
1. Villanova, 12 points (12 first-place votes)
2. Temple, 27 points
- "If Temple can knock of Xavier or Dayton before the end of the season, I think they can punch their ticket. Defending their A-10 tourney title isn't a bad idea either." (Fred D.)
3. Penn State, 36 points
- "Considering Penn State scored as many points against Illinois (38) as they did in football, I guess Joe Paterno is taking over for Ed DeChellis." (Zach Klitzman)
That would be a sight.
4. Saint Joseph's, 56 points
- "At 7-5 and tied for sixth in the A-10, the Hawks may need to beat Xavier and Temple to secure one of the four byes. Fortunately for them, their other two games are against Fordham (1-11) and St. Bonaventure (4-9)." (Josh Wheeling)
- "Hawks have to be leading the field in tough losses. Six of their 12 have come by four points or less. Doesn't help that Rick Majerus seems to have Martelli's number." (Jeff Shafer)
- "...And then the Hawks' season came crashing down." (Fred D.)
- "This season is penance for the recruiting sins of Jawan Carter, D.J. Rivera, Alvin Mofunaya, and about 3 other guys who should have been contributors to this year's team." (Dave C.)
5. Drexel, 65 points
- "Needs to finish strong to get a first round CAA Tourney bye. Proving naysayers wrong." (Rob Falcone)
6. La Salle, 67 points
- "Once again, they fall off the cliff after winning their Super Bowl vs. St. Joe's." (Dave C.)
7. Rutgers, 88 points
- "All is not lost for the Knights. They still have a shot at that coveted 14-seed in the Big East tournament. Ok, maybe an outside shot." (Jeff Shafer)
8. Rider, 89 points
- "What do Lafayette and Rider have in common with Temple and Villanova? They're the only teams to go 2-0 in the Schuylkill 16 this week." (Fred D.)
9. Delaware, 104 points
10. Lehigh, 122 points
11. Penn, 140 points
- "Steve Bilsky is asking the Ivy League office if the Quakers can play all conference games on the road next season." (Zach Klitzman)
- "I knew Ibby Jaaber; Ibby Jaaber was a favorite player of mine. Tyler Bernardini, you're no Ibby Jaaber." (Fred D.)
It's certainly not Camelot at the Palestra these days, is it?
t-12. Lafayette, 147 points
- "Nice job picking up the slack, Lafayette." (Zach Klitzman)
t-12. Princeton, 147 points
- "Dartmouth's making a fine case for inclusion in the poll." (Jeff Shafer)
Big Green scoring machine Alex Barnett gets my vote for Ivy League Player of the Year. Seriously.
14. Bucknell, 167 points
- "At least Bucknell's consistent: it scored 68 in two Schuylkill 16 losses this week." (Zach Klitzman)
15. Monmouth, 178 points
16. Delaware State, 178 points
All data prior to tonight's games