New York Area Power Poll – Nov. 13

What a start for New York City college basketball! The season isn’t even a week old and teams from across the area are making headlines. Whether it is Manhattan’s two close victories, St. Francis Brooklyn winning at Miami (FL), or LIU Brooklyn narrowly falling to Indiana at Assembly Hall, the teams have really started off strong.

Of course that makes ranking them nearly impossible. Still, that’s the task we set in front of our voters each and every week. All six of Big Apple Buckets’ writers participated in this week’s poll. As you’ll see below there wasn’t a ton of consensus. Fourteen teams received at least one vote.

It’s worth noting that the voting for this week’s Power Poll for most voters occurred prior to the majority of Tuesday night’s action. The Blackbirds hanging tough at Indiana isn’t included. Still, I’m perplexed by the fact that my fellow writers voted Saint Peter’s higher than LIU on at least two occasions despite a head-to-head victory. They know who they are.

Here’s the full poll:

1) Manhattan – 57 points (3 first place votes)
2) Stony Brook – 53 points (2)
3) St. John’s – 45 points (1)
4) Seton Hall – 40 points
5) Iona – 36 points
6) Rutgers – 28 points
7) Fordham – 21 points
8) St. Francis Brooklyn – 17 points
9) Quinnipiac – 16 points
10) Princeton – 5 points

Others receiving votes: Saint Peter’s (4 points), Wagner (4 points), LIU Brooklyn (3 points), Columbia (1 point)

Steve Masiello had a lucky rabbit’s foot or something in his pocket the past two games and those two victories are enough to keep the Jaspers atop the Power Poll. Honestly though, I could see Manhattan moving down the rankings next week after Tuesday night’s game against Columbia. A lot of our voters expected that game to be much more lopsided. The Jaspers only play one game this week – at home against George Washington – so there’s a chance they hold onto the top spot with a strong showing, but it’ll be tough.

Stony Brook takes on Indiana at Assembly Hall on Sunday after taking on Northeastern on Wednesday, so the Seawolves are bound to either capture the top spot or move down the rankings. Also, Tom Crean will probably have his team more prepared for the game against SBU, or terrified what would happen if they don’t win. It’ll just go to show how excellent that result was for the Blackbirds.

Seton Hall and Rutgers also have some interesting games this week that could help place them in the standings. The Pirates have a tough game at Mercer on Sunday, while the Scarlet Knights take on Yale on Thursday and then have some potentially tricky games in their preseason NIT pod. Another major conference team playing a big local game is St. John’s vs. Wagner on Friday night. The Red Storm should take home the victory at home, but a Seahawks upset could catapult Bashir Mason’s squad right back into the rankings.

One thought on “New York Area Power Poll – Nov. 13

  1. How did you leave LIU out of the top 10-we beat St.Peter`s(0-2) and took Indiana toi the buzzer.Let`s see what Stony Brookk does at Indiana

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