I don't have much to say tonight because I've been knocked out pretty much all day with a fever. Here are this week's poll results; let me know what you think of them.
1. Villanova, 14 points (14 first-place votes)
- "I found it funny that Nova lost to Louisville on two missed free throws, after announcers gushed about their free throw shooting in the first half. Ouch." (Rob Falcone)
- "It will be interesting to see how Jay Wright gets the Wildcats respond to losing a game like that. If it's any consolation, perhaps it is better when multiple guys blow the game rather than just one." (Josh Wheeling)
- "And Villanova starts their Big East slide for yet another year." (Fred D.)
That last one might be a bit harsh, but looking at the Wildcats' schedule, it's hard to not notice the Pomeroy ratings of the teams they lost to compared to those of the teams they beat.
2. Temple, 30 points
3. Penn State, 53 points
4. Saint Joseph's, 60 points
- "The Hawks' thrilling 3OT win took some heart the way they kept blowing opportunities and still staying sharp. Nivins' buzzer-beater that wasn't was a fantastic play. Needless to say, when he is on, they are pretty solid." (Josh Wheeling)
5. La Salle, 75 points
6. Rutgers, 83 points
- "Team will now get exposed by intense Big East schedule." (Rob Falcone)
- "Rutgers may have the most impressive five-game losing streak in NCAA history." (Jeff Shafer)
7. Drexel, 101 points
- "Any shred of offensive consistency and they could be near the top of their league. CAA is weak this year so they could still surprise." (Rob Falcone)
Spoken like a true Dragons student section leader. But you do wonder what would happen if they shot better.
8. Rider, 110 points
9. Delaware, 125 points
- "Delaware losing to UNC: totally understandable. Delaware losing to UNC-Wilmington: well that's just wrong on so many levels." (Jeff Shafer)
- "Voting this week may be the most depressing thing I've ever done in my life. I think a team with three losses on the week moved UP on my poll. Ugh." (Dan Levy)
Given what the Eagles did Sunday, I think he'll be alright.
10. Lehigh, 145 points
11. Penn, 148 points
- "Penn will not go 0-for-Schuylkill 16!" (Fred D.)
Yes, that's quite an accomplishment, isn't it...
12. Princeton, 163 points
- "Is Princeton actually respectable or are they just playing an awful slate of teams?"
Wednesday's win over Pomeroy No. 197 Lehigh was the Tigers' best of the season so far, and the other three have come over teams ranked above 300. But while I haven't seen the team in person yet, I've heard a lot of good things about freshman Doug Davis. Does that mean anything? Not sure. But this year's squad seems to be better than recent editions.
13. Bucknell, 185 points
14. Lafayette, 187 points
- "Penn gets that elusive first win against a team from Pennsylvania. Lafayette? Still searching." (Jeff Shafer)
15. Monmouth, 205 points
16. Delaware State, 220 points