If you take a look at the “Others receiving votes” section in this week’s AP Poll you’ll find something interesting. Wagner and Iona are both in there. The Gaels received two points and Wagner one. Does voters think that the Seahawks and Gaels should be amongst the Top 25 teams in the nation? Well, one man, author and columnist John Feinstein seems to think so. He’s been using the bottom few spots on his ballot to recognize mid-majors for a while now.
A new year means a new power poll. What it doesn’t mean though is new rankings. The top four have stayed exactly the same since last time, even though both Seton Hall and Iona suffered losses during that period. Of course SHU followed it up by beating Connecticut and the Gaels absolutely crushed Siena at MSG. So it’s justified. There was some movement further down the poll, where one team has started to make its move upwards.
The New York City Power Poll is getting a shakeup this week. By the narrowest of margins we have a new #1 team. It’s crazy to think that a loss at Marshall is enough to knock a team from the top spot, but that’s what we’ve come to. Soon things will get really interesting. Teams will head into conference play and it’ll be almost impossible to judge teams head-to-head anymore. (Well, minus the conference foes in the poll.) If this poll is any indication there are four conferences in particular that you should watch: the Big East, the Ivy League, the MAAC and the NEC. Those teams feature prominently at the top here.
Hey look, it’s another power poll! Some results really shook up the city over the past two weeks and it resulted in some seismic changes in the poll. Not at the top though, where, after staving off Denver, the Iona Gaels remain No. 1. The big riser this week is Columbia. That’s what happens when you start by losing four in a row and then win six in a row including three on the West Coast. The big fall in this poll is suffered by Rider. Tommy Dempsey has some trouble on his hands in Lawrenceville, but hopefully the addition of freshman Junior Fortunat can help the Broncs play a smidgen of defense. The full poll is after the jump.
With the season kicking into high-gear and games actually having been played the polls got a big shakeup this round. The holidays have thinned the voting pool a bit, but we’ve still got a good representative sample and some of the results are pretty intriguing. Coming off a solid performance in Puerto Rico the Iona Gaels still check in at #1, but #4 and #9 might surprise you. Unfortunately #23 probably won’t.
The second edition of the New York City Power Poll is here. This time we had 13 people, including myself, vote on who they think is the top team in the NYC area. Not surprisingly Iona came out No. 1. The Gaels reportedly took down Rutgers in a scrimmage last week and also got the boost of Momo Jones’ eligibility. That was enough to convince a few doubters. After that things get murky. All 23 teams are after the jump.