Sorry for the one day delay, we’ll be back to having the rankings on Tuesdays beginning next week. (Previous Week’s Rankings in Parenthesis.)
1. (1) Temple- The Owls handled Penn in Fran Dunphy’s return to the school he coached to several Ivy League titles. Temple also knocked off Massachusetts by 12 in a game they controlled from the start. Ryan Brooks has been a borderline first-team All-conference player averaging 16 points per game while Lavoy Allen is averaging a double-double on the inside. Tonight the Owls face off against Xavier in a battle of two teams who are unblemished in the conference slate so far. Temple also travels to Fordham for a Saturday afternoon matinee.
2. (3) Rhode Island- The Rams dominated Saint Joseph’s last Wednesday and set a record for the most points they’ve scored at a game at the Ryan Center. The trip to Fordham on Saturday was a bit less impressive but Rhode Island came away with an 18-point victory after struggling throughout the first half. The Rams host a desperate Duquesne squad who have lost four in a row before they will travel to Cincinnati to take on Xavier on Saturday.
3. (4) Xavier- The Musketeers remain undefeated in conference after wins over Charlotte and Dayton. The win over Dayton extended their home winning streak against the Flyers to 25 games. Jordan Crawford is averaging 19 points per game for the Musketeers but they do have eight different players who can contribute on the offensive end. Xavier will have two difficult tests this week as they face Temple on the road tonight before taking on Rhode Island on Saturday at home.
4. (3) Dayton- The Flyers got an easy win over Fordham on Wednesday but could not end their 29-year slump at Xavier where they fell by four. Chris Wright getting in foul trouble was a big hindrance for the Flyers, while Chris Johnson showed his incredible athletic ability with 10 offensive rebounds in the contest. Dayton hosts George Washington this evening before traveling to Philly for a match-up with Saint Joseph’s on Saturday in two match-ups the Flyers will be expected to win.
5. Charlotte (5)- The 49ers stay in this slot despite their loss to Xavier by 12 on Wednesday. Charlotte rebounded on Sunday to grit out an overtime victory over Saint Louis. Charlotte will try to improve their 3-4 road record with trips against Richmond and La Salle.
6. Saint Louis (6)- The Billikens played two overtime games on the road in the past week, knocking off Duquesne on Wednesday before falling just short against Charlotte on Sunday. Saint Louis plays Fordham tonight in their only game this week. Its probably good timing to have an easier week after playing two straight overtime games.
7. Richmond (7)- The Spiders won both of their games last week by single digits, knocking off Massachusetts in overtime and La Salle by four. Richmond concludes their three-game home stand tonight against Charlotte. Richmond is 9-0 at home thus far this season. The Spiders then make the trip up I-95 for a match-up against George Washington on Saturday.
8. La Salle (9)- The Explorers split their slate of games this past week with a one point win over George Washington and a four-point loss versus Richmond. La Salle diverts from conference play tonight when they face Penn at the Palestra before taking on Charlotte at the Tom Gola Arena on Saturday.
9. George Washington (8)- The Colonials only had one game last week and lost a tough one-point decision versus La Salle. George Washington has two tough tests this week, facing off at Dayton tonight before returning home to match-up against Richmond on Saturday afternoon.
10. Duquesne (10)- The Dukes only had one game last week and it was a disappointing overtime defeat versus Saint Louis. Duquesne will try and improve on their 1-5 road record when they face off against Rhode Island tonight. The Dukes also have a home game on Saturday as they host St. Bonaventure.
11. St. Bonaventure (11)- The Bonnies were able to win their only game of the week last week as they edged Saint Joseph’s in a game where both teams had leads of at least nine points at one time. St. Bonaventure’s Jonathan Hall missed the game against the Hawks and is questionable for this week’s tilts against Massachusetts and Duquesne.
12. Massachusetts (12)- The Minutemen lost both of their match-ups this week, losing in overtime to Richmond on Wednesday before falling by 12 to Temple on Saturday. The Minutemen, who are 6-2 at home, host St. Bonaventure, who is 0-6 on the road, tonight. On Saturday Massachusetts goes on the road for a stiff non-conference test at Baylor.
13. Saint Joseph’s (13)- The Hawks had three games this past week, with two taking place in the conference. Saint Joseph’s was blown out by Rhode Island on Wednesday before falling in a close contest versus St. Bonaventure in Olean on Saturday. The Hawks won on Monday in a non-conference tilt against Towson although they trailed at halftime. Saint Joseph’s has just one game this week and it will be a difficult one, taking on Dayton at Hagan Arena on Saturday evening.
14. Fordham (14)- The Rams are playing hard, but the results are not showing as they fell in both of their games this past week by double digits, versus Dayton and Fordham. This week, Fordham travels to Saint Louis tonight before hosting Temple on Saturday afternoon.