I think the right decision was made last week when the power poll was narrowed down to 12 teams. To be honest, at this point it’s tough to find 12 teams in the area that are worth ranking. That’s evident in this week’s power poll as 15 teams received votes, but the Top 12 is a pretty set group of teams. There’s an equivalent of a second place vote separating team No. 12 from team No. 13.
1. Iona – 94 points (6 first place)
2. Manhattan – 82 points (2)
3. Wagner – 77 points
4. Seton Hall – 73 points
5. LIU Brooklyn – 61 points
6. Rutgers – 55 points
7. St. John’s – 40 points
8. Yale – 34 points
9. Stony Brook – 32 points
10. Princeton – 26 points
11. Fairfield – 21 points
12. St. Francis (NY) – 19 points
Others receiving votes: Columbia 8, Hofstra 1, Fordham 1
It’s worth noting that at least one voter didn’t have Yale, Stony Brook, St. Francis (NY) or Fairfield in their ballot this week. Princeton on the other hand appeared on everyone’s ballot, but often very low. I’m shocked that we’ve got two MAAC teams and an NEC team in front of Seton Hall, which, while floundering, is still on the NCAA tournament bubble. Hard to comprehend that one. If SHU plays any of the top three teams on a neutral court the Pirates are probably favored. (Then again, I didn’t rank them first either.) Also, LIU swept Wagner, but Blackbirds can’t seem to get voters to forget about their early season struggles. I think the loss last weekend to Robert Morris probably didn’t help anything. The Seahawks take on the Colonials on Staten Island tonight. Another team that’s impossible to rank is Rutgers. Here’s a few thoughts about the Scarlet Knights:
Rutgers: For every big win, there’s a bitter loss twice as bad. At least Mike Rice got his 100th career win. – Jaden Daly
Every time I start to feel good about Rutgers, they lose to a DePaul. Every time I start to get down on the Scarlet Knights, they beat a Cincinnati. – Jon Solomon
I’m also sort of surprised that Stony Brook, winners of 11 of their last 12 haven’t managed to sneak higher up this poll. Sure those wins are against teams from America East, but the Seawolves are on a roll. They absolutely crushed winless Binghamton last night, 82-48. Maybe they’ll continue to move up if they can beat Northeastern in their BracketBusters game and take care of business in America East.
Thanks to the voters for this edition: Jerry Beach, Jaden Daly, Pico Dulce, Guy Falotico, Ryan Peters, Jon Solomon, and Dave White.
2 thoughts on “NYC Power Poll: Is there really “power” here?”
Manhattan at #2??! Really?! And two first place votes! I know they are having a nice season but I think if they played any of other top 7 teams on a neutral court, they probably wouldn’t even be favored in any and might just win one if that. Seton Hall has lost 5 straight but the last two has been to ranked opponents. They would be my #2 for now. LIU Brooklyn should be #3 ahead of Wagner. LIU beat Wagner twice, lost once in the conference play and are in first place in their conference. I mean, come on already, where is the love? Wagner should be #4, Manhattan #5, St. John’s #6, Rutgers #7. Also, St. Francis (NY) should be ahead of Fairfield. Let’s face it, Fairfield is down this season while SFNY has been THE surprise of the NEC.
Love the Hurley brothers. They look like a couple of undertakers from Queens in their dark suits, about to quote you a price on the coffin that you can not afford. And you do buy it.
St. Francis in Brooklyn is intriguing. English point guard, mid-sized freshman rebounder from Allentown. The punked Brown at home over the holidays and have been playing respectably.since. They all grew two inches in the second half against the Ivy cellar occupant.
Yale once again is a cipher. Mitch Henderson is developing into a competent talk therapist. Unfortunately, his clients wear 500 pound sneakers.