Temple continued to show that they are the class of the city with three wins since last weeks power rankings. It took a huge effort by Ramone Moore to spark a double digit comeback against George Washington. The Owls now sit in first place in the Atlantic 10; however, the next six games are possibly the toughest part of the Owls conference schedule.
2. Drexel Dragons (LW: 3) 20-5
Drexel keeps on winning--that's 12 in a row for the Dragons. The remainder of the Colonial schedule should not challenge the Dragons with three very winnable game at home, before a trip down to Old Dominion. Perhaps the most important game on the docket is their Bracket Busters trip to Cleveland State.
3. Saint Joseph's Hawks (LW: 5) 15-10
Spots 3 and 4 are really a toss up, but St. Joe's get the edge because of their victory over the Explorers at the Palestra last Saturday. The Hawks followed that win with a disappointing home loss to the surging St. Louis Billikans. St. Joe's might still be a year away from making a run at the NCAA tournament, but this team could make some noise in Atlantic City should Phil Martelli find a solution to their inconsistency.
4. La Salle Explorers (LW: 2) 17-8
The Explorers lost back to back games at St. Joe's and Richmond by a combined total of 6 points. The defensive intensity that carried the team through the first half of season appears to be lacking. However, don't count the Explorers out yet. They are a totally different team inside the tight confines of the Tom Gola Arena (12-0) and if they can get past visiting St. Louis on Saturday they will prove the belong in the conversation of the A-10 elites.
5. Villanova Wildcats (LW: 6) 11-13
Those who did not like last weeks selection of the Wildcats as the worst team in the city should be happy to see that they have moved out of the cellar. In large part due to ending a 3 game losing streak with a comeback against Providence (coupled with a Penn loss). The Wildcats suffered a scary moment with a injury to Maalik Wayns; however, he is listed as day to day.
6. Penn Quakers (LW: 4) 12-10
Penn's only shot at a NCAA Tournament bid was to win the Ivy League and with a loss last Friday night at Yale those hopes came crashing down. The Quakers are going to need a lot of help, including two wins over Harvard--something that does not appear likely to happen.