A lot of things happened on the way to conference (and non-conference) play and for the first time in a long time St. John’s is not No. 1 in our Power Poll. That honor belongs to the Manhattan Jaspers, who might just be the best team in New York City. At least our voters sure think they are.
New York City Area Power Poll (First Place Votes):
- Manhattan – 59 points (5)
- St. John’s – 50 points (1)
- Princeton – 49 points
- Stony Brook – 36 points
- Quinnipiac – 34 points
- Seton Hall – 33 points
- Iona – 24 points
- Columbia – 19 points
- St. Francis Brooklyn – 15 points
- Fordham – 5 points
Others receiving votes: Rutgers (3 points); Army (1 point); Marist (1 point); ASA College (1 point)
I think that last one was in jest, but it goes to show you how hard it is to figure anything out beyond the top nine teams in the area. Those teams have pretty much solidified their spots in the Power Poll and then the remainder are up for grabs and no one wants to grab them. Will Rider rise back up? Will Wagner or LIU Brooklyn make some headway in NEC play? All of those teams have a chance to jump into the Power Poll as well.
Inside of the rankings, Seton Hall seems to be the team no one knows what to do with, probably because of the Pirates’ injuries this season. They were ranked third on one ballot and ninth on another. Similarly, Quinnipiac was ranked as high as second and as low as eighth. That’s why those teams find themselves in the second tier instead of fighting with the top three teams in the area.
We’re going to learn a lot (and probably invalidate this poll) quite quickly, as there are some key games coming up the next two days including Stony Brook at Columbia and LIU Brooklyn and St. Francis Brooklyn. We’ll see how the poll shakes out after those games go down.