Before we get into the Power Poll, let’s start with this fact. There was no requirement that Rutgers had to be dropped off of everyone’s ballot because the Scarlet Knights lost to Fairleigh Dickinson. The voters’ only charge is to pick the teams that are playing the best given their recent body of work. Of course, losing to FDU might hurt those qualifications as well.
Thus, Rutgers, which was ranked fifth in last week’s poll, is nowhere to be found this week. Instead two mid-majors – Iona and Wagner – made big gains in the rankings. The Gaels of course crushed George Mason on Saturday. They don’t play again until Sunday at Florida Gulf Coast. So there’s some time to relax and celebrate. Wagner has been playing quite often lately – and winning – until last night when the Seahawks fell to St. Bonaventure in the semifinals of the Gulf Coast Showcase. Still, there’s an argument to be made that the Bonnies would be ranked fifth or sixth in this poll, so that’s not a bad loss by any stretch.
Enough of the babbling though. Let’s get onto the rankings. Note that there are ties at the top and the bottom of these rankings, but I have no good way of designating it:
- St. John’s – 56 points (3 first place votes)
- Stony Brook – 56 points (3)
- Seton Hall – 45 points
- Iona – 40 points
- Wagner – 37 points
- Manhattan – 32 points
- Fordham – 25 points
- St. Francis Brooklyn – 14 points
- Quinnipiac – 12 points
- Columbia – 6 points
- Princeton – 6 points
Dropped Out: Rutgers
Also receiving votes: Hofstra (1 point)
Note that the first team not to appear on all six writers’ ballots was St. Francis Brooklyn. The Thanksgiving holiday could mean very little movement in these rankings next week, but you never know what’s going to happen in the world of New York area college basketball.