We had a slight shortage of voters this week, but those who did participate left no doubt as to who the best team in the region is.
Villanova swept all 12 first-place votes for the first time this season after its impressive win over Rhode Island, and will go for a Palestra trifecta tonight against Penn.
The prize for biggest move goes to another team that spent the weekend on 33rd Street, Penn State. The Nittany Lions got six second-place votes, as Temple fell back after its loss at Buffalo.
Rutgers also continued to slide after a home loss to Lehigh. On the flip side, voters rewarded the Mountain Hawks by moving them into sixth place at the Scarlet Knights' expense.
Here are the vote totals and associated pithy comments.
1. Villanova, 12 points (12)
- "#1 was easy. Interesting to see how the Cats handle next week's slate of Texas and the Hawks." (Dave C.)
2. Penn State, 39 points
- "JoePa has apparently inspired the basketball team!" (Rob Falcone)
3. Temple, 40 points
- "I don't like the loss to Buffalo. The two reasons I have them at 2: no one else deserves it, and Dionte Christmas." (Rob Falcone)
4. Saint Joseph's, 46 points
- "Bonus points for being on time?" (Zachary Levine)
Nope, sorry. But you all should read his blog.
5. La Salle, 69 points
- "Still not sold." (Rob Falcone)
6. Lehigh, 84 points
- "Strong start for the Mountain Hawks. They could really make a name for themselves in this poll with a win on Tuesday." (Dave C.)
7. Rutgers, 86 points
- "Do these 16 schools know they are being ranked? It seems the pressure is getting to them." (Dan Levy)
And he would know.
8. Rider, 92 points
9. Drexel, 102 points
- "How dare the Drexel athletic department not schedule a game over the Thanksgiving break, thus allowing the Dragons to spend time with their families." (Zach Klitzman)
10. Delaware, 111 points
11. Penn, 134 points
- "But for Penn, I'd feel confident in the Big 5 against the field any day." (Jeff Shafer)
- "Three words from the Quakers' radio analyst stood out while listening to the second half of the Albany game - 'no offensive leadership.' " (Jon Solomon)
12. Lafayette, 147 points
13. Bucknell, 152 points
- "Definitely did not for see them being this bad." (Rob Falcone)
14. Princeton, 153 points
15. Monmouth, 173 points
- "If NJIT had defeated Monmouth, I was going to suggest relegation for the Hawks." (Jon Solomon)
16. Delaware State, 192 points
- "Gotta give them props for playing a tough out-of-conference schedule. Can't say that for many of the other 15 on this list." (Rob Falcone)
- "Delaware State has eight loses, which is tied for worst in the nation. Nothing's funny about that." (Zach Klitzman)