Each Sunday night/Monday morning, we’ll be taking the pulse of the college scene around the city of Philadelphia with our City 6 power rankings. As with most power rankings, standings are somewhat arbitrary, and reflect both the eye test and City 6 record in addition to overall results. You can always check back on the rankings by clicking ‘City 6‘ in the main menu (remember full-length articles can be found in the ‘NCAABB‘ tab).
(as of Monday morning, 3/7/16)
1) Villanova – (Overall Record: 27-4 City 6 Record: 4-0)
— Villanova MBB (@NovaMBB) March 5, 2016
The Wildcats capped off an excellent regular season with two more victories to secure the outright big East title. That’s two goals down (including the Big 5 title), with two more to go starting this coming weekend at Madison Square Garden. Josh Hart received all-Big East first team, Ryan Arcidiacono received second team honors, and Daniel Ochefu was Big East honorable mention. Jalen Brunson was also a unanimous selection to the Big East all-freshman team. Villanova will play the winner of DePaul and Georgetown, coincidentally the two teams they just beat this past week, on Thursday.
2) Saint Joseph’s – (Overall 24-7, City 5-1)
St. Joe’s ended a great regular season on a very sour note, with consecutive losses to Saint Bonaventure and Duquesne. One silver lining in the defeat Saturday was senior Isaiah Miles reaching 1,000 points for his college career. Still, the losses dropped the Hawks all the way down to the #4 seed in the A-10 tournament, where they’ll play either George Washington or the winner of George Mason/Saint Louis Friday afternoon. Whatever happens in Brooklyn, St. Joe’s is still seemingly a lock for the A-10 tournament, but they should try and right the ship in a hurry.
3) Temple – (Overall 20-10, City 2-2)
Champions! #TUMBB topples Tulane to win conference regular season outright.
— Temple Men's Basketball (@TUMBBHoops) March 6, 2016
The Owls entered the season projected to finished 6th place in the conference, and left it as the American Athletic Conference regular season champions, after two more wins this past week. That was the good news. The bad news was the tragic car accident involving Temple freshman Trey Lowe, who suffered undisclosed injuries and will miss the rest of the season. Fortunately, Lowe is eventually expected to make a full recovery. Temple will march on with their teammate in the thoughts, continuing Friday in the AAC tournament against the winner of East Carolina/USF.
4) Penn – (Overall 11-16, City 1-4)
Away from the Palestra, the Quakers have had their share of struggles, with just two road victories on the season. Penn dropped another pair on the road, with a close defeat to Dartmouth, before being blown out by Harvard. Freshman Max Rothschild tied his career-high with 18 points on 7-9 shooting in the loss to the Big Green. Penn will try to exorcise its road woes and ends its season on a positive note Tuesday night at Princeton.
5) La Salle – (Overall 8-21, City 0-6)
La Salle secured just its second winning streak of the season with a win earlier this past week against Saint Louis. Junior Cleon Roberts hit a career-high 6 threes on 9 attempts for 23 points. The Explorers did then drop their regular season finale against Massachusetts, and finished in last place in the A-10. La Salle will try to keep their season going one game at a time when they face Duquesne in the conference tournament Wednesday night.
6) Drexel – (Overall 6-25, City 2-1)
A disappointing season finally comes to an end for the Dragons, after a loss to Hofstra in the second round of the CAA tournament, despite 20 points and 11 rebounds from Rodney Williams. The day before, All-CAA freshman team member Terrell Allen hit a go-ahead jumper with 25 seconds left that proved to be the game-winner. Allen’s emergence down the stretch of the season was one of the few bright spots for Drexel. He represents something to look forward to for Dragons fans heading into 2016-17. It remains to be seen whether head coach Bruiser Flint will still be around to oversee his development.