Not much stuff to say this morning. Read the stories in the papers, including Dick Jerardi's column. There's also this piece with more Jerome Allen quotes in the Daily Pennsylvanian.
I'll be back this evening from courtside at the Palestra for a live coverage of of Temple-Penn. It should be quite a scene. If you're going to be there, let me know and we can meet up before the game.
1. Villanova, 16 points (14 first-place votes)
- "By my account, the Wildcats could lose their next 10 games and still wouldn't fall lower than #2 in this poll." (Mario Machi)
- "Wright vs. Pitino: a sartorial showdown par excellence. Cards come up a couple buttons - and buckets - short this time." (Jeff Shafer)
2. Temple, 27 points (2 first-place votes)
- "Huge win up at URI. That'll shake up Kyle Whelliston's State of the Other 24." (Nick Catrambone)
Word on the street is he'll be in the house tonight.
- "These Owls are the truth. Every game it's someone different out of the big three going off." (Lord Chesterfield)
No, I don't know who that actually is. But it's funny.
3. Penn State, 61 points
- "Nits have the thinnest body of work of any Big Ten team not named Iowa. Might be dicey for the NIT selection committee to leave out the defending champs, but it's hard to make the case they should be in if the season ended today. And yet still in the top half of our poll..." (Jeff Shafer)
4. La Salle, 62 points
- "Penn State and Rutgers haven't won in their conference yet, but LaSalle has: Welcome back to the top 3 [on my ballot], Explorers!" (Brian Ewart)
5. Rutgers, 85 points
- "My wish for an 0-18 conference record is looking good. DePaul is the only game that worried me, but a mid-season coaching change for the Blue Demons eases my fears." (Nick Catrambone)
6. Drexel, 97 points
7. Princeton, 104 points
- "The Tigers have the next 3 weeks off. Why? Because I ranked them 3rd and they don't want to give up their stop." (Nick Catrambone)
8. Rider, 113 points
- "Remember a few weeks ago everyone was talking about them giving Siena a push for the MAAC Championship? You don't? I guess losing to Iona by 20 makes people forget stuff like that." (Nick Catrambone)
9. Saint Joseph's, 117 points
- "One of the keys to self improvement is to celebrate the little victories. So I hope they popped some bottles up there on Hawk Hill after the Fordham win. They are not the worst team in the A14!" (Nick Catrambone)
10. Lehigh, 135 points
- "Lehigh is coming off a six game winning streak, but it should be noted that all the teams they beat are in the bottom third of college basketball." (Max Wheeling)
11. Lafayette, 149 points
12. Monmouth, 168 points
13. Delaware, 171 points
14. Bucknell, 181 points
- "43 points in a loss against Dartmouth may be the most embarrassing thing any S16 team has done this year, including the Duke-Penn game." (Max Wheeling)
- "Very close to not having anyone average 10 pts/game. There's something to aim for!" (Nick Catrambone)
15. Delaware State, 202 points
- "I have a creeping suspicion that Penn would topple the mighty Hornets of Delaware State, but they haven't and they still only have 1 win." (Brian Ewart)
16. Penn, 216 points (13 last-place votes)
- "After watching the Nova/Louisville game, Glenn Miller has pledged to wear white suits in future losses to Villanova." (Dan Mozes)
I don't know anything, but I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up as an assistant at Connecticut sooner or later.
- "I've seen the light, Nick Catrambone. I'm voting in the Golden Bears at #15. But if they don't defeat fellow unbeaten East Stroudsburg on Wednesday night, they're back behind the Penn Quakers." (Mario Machi)
- "Baltimore is closer to Philadelphia than Penn State, so for Penn's sake I'll let UMBC supplant Penn at the bottom spot." (Max Wheeling)
Neumann-Goretti High School
- "The Saints' lone loss this year is to Houston's Yates High School, which is ranked #3 in the nation by USA Today. If Yates was located in this area, I'd have it ranked #11 in this poll." (Mario Machi)