Monday, December 22, 2014

Keith Pompey's City 6 ballot

What was I thinking?

Keith Pompey's City 6 ballot

La Salle staked a claim to being the best team in the city with big wins over Butler and Virginia Commonwealth. (Matt Slocum/AP)
La Salle staked a claim to being the best team in the city with big wins over Butler and Virginia Commonwealth. (Matt Slocum/AP)

What was I thinking?

A week ago, La Salle was ranked third behind Temple and St. Joe’s on my City 6 ballot. My reasoning:  the Explorers couldn’t win a big game.  Or so I thought.

La Salle destroyed that myth not once – but twice – last week by upsetting ninth-ranked Butler and then 19th-ranked Virginia Commonwealth.

So Explorers’ fans please forgive my prior skepticism. I won’t make the same mistake, again. Nor will I discount Villanova’s back-to-back victories over then fifth-ranked Louisville and then third-ranked Syracuse.    

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With that said, La Salle is No. 1 in the ballot I submitted before Tuesday’s 4 p.m. deadline. The Wildcats moved up two spots to No. 2.  Temple dropped two spots to No. 3 even though it won the head-to-head competition against Villanova.  And to be honest, that Dec. 5 victory seems like so long ago.

 Here’s my entire City 6 ballot:

1. La Salle (14-5)

2. Villanova (13-7)

3. Temple (13-6)

4. St. Joe’s (11-7)

5. Drexel (8-12)

6. Penn (3-15)

Click here to submit your City 6 ballot vote.

About this blog
Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering the Temple basketball and football for the previous three years. Pompey also previously covered the Penn and Drexel men’s basketball team and Villanova football team after initially focusing on high school sports.

Pompey is a native Philadelphian and a University of Pittsburgh graduate. Follow him on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers or reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

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