The Dragons rose to first after a clean weekend that extended Drexel’s win streak to 11 games. VCU also leapfrogged GMU after extending their win streak to nine, and became the first CAA team to reach 20 wins this season.
Like the Patriots, Northeastern fell two spots in our latest poll after losing both of their games since last week’s rankings. The Huskies fell 61-53 at home against Drexel, and came up three points short at VCU in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score indicates.
Georgia State and Delaware were the beneficiaries of the Huskies rough week, GSU rising to fifth, Delaware to sixth after taking down George Mason.
Spots 8-12 remained the same in this week’s poll.
Jerry Beach of Hofstra blog Defiantly Dutch: “Mason has been no. 1 in my poll for six weeks, though I thought the last couple weeks that Drexel was playing the best ball. But I always believe no. 1 has to be beaten in order to lose its spot. So, hence, Drexel, now that Mason has been beaten again. I think VCU is playing better than Mason but Mason hasn’t done enough to fall two spots. I usually use head-to-head as a tiebreaker for two closely matched teams, but Delaware has three wins over teams ahead of it in the standings and Northeastern has just one so I went with the Blue Hens.”
The voting panel is made up of CAA die-hard bloggers from around the league. This week’s list includes Michael Litos of CAAHoops.com and author of “Cinderella: Inside the Rise of Mid-Major College Basketball”, Brian Mull of Wilmington’s Star News Online, Ryan Kish of GMUHoops.com, Rob Russell of William & Mary’s Gheorghe: The Blog, Ben Moore of PantherTalk.com, Joseph Suhoski of ODU blog VBR Productions, Mike Brodsky who provides freelance coverage of Northeastern, Matthew Schlissel of TowsonTigers.com, Rob Abbott of JMUSportsBlog.com, Jerry Beach of the Hofstra blog Defiantly Dutch, Drexel freelancer Dan Crain and Mat Shelton of VCURamNation.com.