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December 3 Power Rankings

3 December, 2007

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Last week got off to a great start for the Patriot League with three wins, but it soon took a turn for the worse, with nine losses in the week’s final 14 games. While Patriot teams took all three games against Ivy League opponents, they were just 5-9 against non-Ivy opposition.

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1. Holy Cross (6-1) 1 The Crusaders finally tasted defeat at Dayton’s hands in their seventh game, but not after compiling some impressive wins. As usual, Ralph Willard has his team playing lock-down defense, while controlling the tempo offensively and getting to the line a lot.
2. Lafayette (4-2) 7 Following the two tough early losses, Lafayette has won three straight, including last week’s comfortable win over Penn. The Leopards have been doing it offensively with the three-pointer, with over 40 percent of the team’s points coming from beyond the arc.
3. Colgate (5-3) 3 The Raiders snapped their three-game losing streak in style, winning on the road against Ivy League favorite Cornell. With a productive offense, Colgate is 5-0 when holding opponents under 1.03 points per possession, and 0-3 when it does not.
4. Bucknell (2-4) 2 Since the impressive 2-0 start, the Bison have lost four straight — with each result successively worse. The defense has been excellent the past three games, but the offense has struggled mightily, putting up an anemic 0.75 points per possession in that span.
5. American (4-4) 5 The Eagles have feasted on weak competition for their four wins so far, with the vanquished opponents sporting a combined 3-24 mark. The UMBC game was a chance for American to show it could beat a good team, but that ended up a 15-point home loss.
6. Army (3-4) 6 Controlling the tempo is no easy task against speed freaks VMI, but Army did just that this weekend, and the result was a road win. Jarell Brown is putting together an amazing senior season, averaging 21.3 points per game and shooting 53.1 percent from three.
7. Navy (3-6) 8 Navy halted a trend of failing to close out games with an encouraging 14-point win at home over a decent Towson squad on Thursday. The Middies are struggling with their outside shooting, with marksman Greg Sprink knocking down just 25.4 percent from three.
8. Lehigh (3-5) 4 It’s been a rough last five games for the Mountain Hawks, who have dropped four of those, including two losses last week to NEC schools. The defense has been the biggest culprit, as opponents are torching Lehigh with 47.1-percent three-point shooting on the year.

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