New York City Power Poll – Pre-Thanksgiving Edition

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.

Results (first place votes and change from last poll in parentheses):

  1. Iona (8 of 9 first place votes, n/c)
  2. Seton Hall (1 first place vote, +1)
  3. St. John’s (+1)
  4. Wagner (+7)
  5. Rutgers (-3)
  6. Fairfield (-1)
  7. Hofstra (+2)
  8. Long Island (-2)
  9. Manhattan (+7)
  10. Princeton (-3)
  11. Sacred Heart (+6)
  12. Yale (n/c)
  13. Stony Brook (-5)
  14. Rider (-3)
  15. Fordham (-1)
  16. St. Peter’s (-1)
  17. St. Francis (NY) (+4)
  18. Fairleigh Dickinson (+5)
  19. Marist (+3)
  20. Army (-1)
  21. Columbia (-8)
  22. NJIT (-3)
  23. Monmouth (-5)

Notes:

  • The team that caused the biggest disagreement this week was Fairleigh Dickinson. Here’s what Asher Fusco had to say about ranking the Knights 15th: “The biggest reach here is probably Fairleigh Dickinson, but solid performances against Providence and Lehigh and a head-to-head victory against St. Peter’s makes it hard to rank the Knights any lower.”
  • Another team that’s a tough one to rank is Rider. The Broncs are 1-4, but that includes an eight-point loss at Pittsburgh and a six-point loss to Penn in overtime. As Chris McManus pointed out in his notes, the Broncs may be the best four-loss team in America right now.
  • McManus also noted why Rutgers seems to be getting a pass here despite losing to Illinois State on Tuesday night. “Rutgers remains steady despite a loss to Illinois St. because Wagner [ed. note: enough voters decided they had], Hofstra and Fairfield haven’t shown enough to leapfrog the Scarlet Knights.”
  • The big movers up are Wagner, Manhattan and Sacred Heart. The Pioneers are benefitting from a head-to-head victory over Stony Brook and being ranked so low to being with. The Seahawks are off to a great 4-1 start with a win over fellow poll member Princeton. Manhattan has been impressive in the early season under new head coach Steve Masiello. The Jaspers are playing a lot of close games and beat Fresno State before falling in overtime to Colorado State last night in the Preseason NIT.
  • The big fallers are Stony Brook, Columbia and Monmouth. For the Seawolves it’s a case of high expectations needing to come back to earth a little bit, but last night’s win over the Lions was a good start. Columbia is dealing with a serious rash of injuries. The Hawks are 0-5 and struggling mightily. An eight-point loss to Brown on Tuesday night is their only defeat where the margin was within 30 points.

Thanks to all the poll voters: Jerry Beach, Jaden Daly, Pico Dulce, Guy Falotico, Asher Fusco, Chris McManus, Gary Moore, and Jon Solomon.