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December 10 Power Rankings

10 December, 2007


It was another impressive week for the Patriot League, who went a combined 10-3, with seven of the eight teams recording victories. This included a two-game sweep of the Ivy League on Saturday that gave the Patriot League a 5-4 edge in the season series.

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1. Holy Cross (7-1) 1 There was zero hangover from the first loss of the season, as the Crusaders came out and jumped all over Saint Joseph’s, taking the crowd out of the game right away by racing out to a 27-9 lead. It’s hard to believe Ralph Willard’s team misses Torey Thomas and Keith Simmons so little.
2. Lafayette (6-3) 2 The Leopards have developed into a dangerous offensive group, spanking a bad NJIT team, then giving Rutgers a tough battle at the RAC. Lafayette capped off the week in impressive style on Saturday by dominating another veteran team in Columbia on the road.
3. Colgate (6-3) 3 The poor play at the end of November seems to be safely in the rearview mirror, as Colgate has started the month with back-to-back solid efforts. Binghamton is a bad team this year, but winning by 18 on the road always is a welcome result, no matter the opponent.
4. Bucknell (3-4) 4 The Bison really needed that win over La Salle on Monday, otherwise they would have taken a five-game losing skid into the exam break. Bucknell notched the comeback win by uncharacteristically relying on its offense to outscore the opposition on a night when the defense struggled.
5. American (6-4) 5 American went back over .500 thanks to a pair of home wins over Howard and Jacksonville, and has now won four of its last five. Jeff Jones has to be thrilled with the way Derrick Mercer has stepped up to replace Andre Ingram, averaging 15.6 points per game and shooting 53.6 percent.
6. Lehigh (5-5) 8 The week saw the Mountain Hawks go 2-0, beginning with an easy win over a bad Stony Brook squad, then rallying in the second half to beat Harvard. As good an outside shooting team as Lehigh is at 42.1 percent, only 17 teams nationally take a smaller percentage of their shots from three.
7. Army (4-5) 6 It was a bad omen when the Black Knights only could beat a woeful NJIT team by 10 points, which is why the home loss to Quinnipiac three days later can’t be too surprising. Neither of these were Jarell Brown’s fault, as the senior continued his strong play with 45 total points in the two games.
8. Navy (3-7) 7 Greg Sprink had a night to forget in the disappointing home loss to Mount St. Mary’s, missing all nine three-point attempts. The defense has been fine, but the offensive numbers are ugly, ranking in the bottom 25th percentile nationally in every category except free throw shooting.

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