Ian Simon (@CoachSimon200)
Throughout the upcoming season, CoBL will update our area D-III Power Poll every two weeks, giving our thoughts on the top 10 teams in the area. The teams you will see in our rankings come from conferences including the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Commonwealth and Freedom, Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC), New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) and Centennial Conference. This is the second poll of the season, following up on Nov. 25′s rankings debut.
1. Cabrini College
Record: 8-0, 3-0 CSAC
Prior Rank: 1
Last Two Weeks: W vs. Scranton (98-79), W vs. Widener @ Neumann (111-99), W vs. Gwynedd Mercy (95-84), W vs. Baptist Bible (100-71)
They are continuing to play at a high level early on in the season as they have won by double digits every game these past two weeks. Their best players again for the past two weeks have been Aaron Walton Moss (28.9 ppg, 10 rpg, 6.3 apg), who is playing like the best player in D3, and Fran Rafferty (19 ppg, 4 rpg).
Upcoming Schedule–vs. Randolph-Macon (12/18)
2. Muhlenberg College
Overall: 6-1, 3-1 Centennial
Prior Rank: 3
Last Two Weeks: W vs. Haverford (75-59), W @ Swarthmore (64-48), W vs. Johns Hopkins (91-75).
They have had a really good bounce-back two weeks, as they have won all three of their conference games is starting to play in dominating fashion. Kevin Hargrove (12 ppg, 7.6 rpg) has started to find his groove and Malique Killing (24.3 ppg) continues to play like one of the best point guards in the region.
Upcoming Schedule–@ Desales (12/14), vs. Washington & Lee @ Scranton (12/16),
3. Stockton College
Record: 6-1, 3-1 NJAC
Prior Rank: 2
Last Two Weeks: W vs. TCNJ (65-46), W @ Neumann (101-79, L @ William Paterson (74-72), W @ NJ City (69-51)
After a winning back to back games to start the two weeks they had to go on the road and play 2 of the tougher teams in the NJAC on the road and were able to earn a split in these games. Even though they continue to have a balanced attack on the offensive end, they are being led by Josh Blamon, who averaged 18 ppg over the last fortnight.
Upcoming Schedule–@ Farmingdale St (12/14), vs. Millsaps @Daytona Beach (12/20), vs. Gettysburg @ Daytona Beach (12/21)
4. DeSales University
Overall: 5-2, 2-0 MAC Freedom
Prior Rank: 5
Last Two Weeks: L vs. Moravian (77-72), W @ FDU- Florham (78-62), W vs. Wilkes (75-71)
They have opened up conference play with two solid wins over very good teams that will be challenging for playoff spots this year. Leading the way for them over the last two weeks has been Paul Pammer (14.6 ppg).
Upcoming Schedule– vs. Penn State-Berks (12/11), vs. Muhlenberg (12/14)
5. Widener University
Overall: 6-2, 1-1 MAC Commonwealth
Prior Rank: 4
Last Two Weeks: L vs. Cabrini @ Neumann (111-99), L @ Elizabethtown (92-89), W vs. Lebanon Valley (86-75)
They had a really tough two weeks, going 2-2 against some very good teams. Two players who are continuing to play well for the Pride are fifth-year senior Rob McPherson (23.6 ppg, 8.6 rpg) and junior Greg Lawson (17.6 ppg, 13 rpg).
Upcoming Schedule– vs. Albright (12/14), vs. Swarthmore (12/30)
6. Gwynedd-Mercy College
Overall: 5-3, 3-1 CSAC
Prior Rank: 7
Last Two Weeks: W vs. Cairn (97-63), L @ Cabrini (95-84), W vs. Neumann (57-56), W vs. Cairn (97-79)
Gwynedd-Mercy had a really solid two weeks by taking care of its home court, where it won both of its games. The only blemish was losing at Cabrini, where they played them tough. Aaron Goodman (14 ppg, 11 rpg) and Justin Knight (16.7 ppg) each had a very productive two weeks for the Griffins.
Upcoming Schedule– @ John Jay (12/15), vs. Montreat @ Northwood (12/18), @ Northwood (12/19)
7. Delaware Valley College
Overall: 5-2, 2-0 MAC Freedom
Prior Rank: 6
Last Two Weeks: L vs. Arcadia (80-77), W vs. Kings (74-64), W @ Eastern (69-56)
The Aggies had a good week, bouncing back from a tough road loss to 9th-ranked Arcadia to win two league games. Coming up huge for the Aggies have been Francis Arnold (15.3 ppg) and Chris Moran (13 ppg, 8.6 rpg) over the last 3 games.
Upcoming Schedule—@ Bryn Athyn (12/12), @ Kean (12/17), @ Lebanon Valley (12/21)
8. Rowan University
Overall: 5-3, 2-2 (NJAC)
Prior Rank: NR
Last Two Weeks: L @ Rutgers-Camden (85-69), W vs. Rosemont @ Neumann (97-83), W vs. New Jersey City (62-59), W vs. Kean (75-59)
After losing a tough game on the road to Rutgers-Camden, they came up huge with three consecutive wins including two in league play. They have been really balanced all year but over the last two weeks, guards Tim McDaniels (18.7 ppg) and Rich McNamara (16.7 ppg, 9.7 rpg) have been playing exceptionally well for the Profs.
Upcoming Schedule—@ William Patterson (12/11), vs. Me-Fort Kent (12/13), vs. TBA (12/14), vs. Neumann (12/19)
9. Arcadia University
Overall: 3-3, 0-1 MAC Commonwealth
Prior Rank: 8
Last Two Weeks: W vs. Delaware Valley (80-77), L @ Albright (85-84), L vs. Stevenson (87-81 2OT)
After defeating sixth-ranked Del-Val last week, they lost two closely contested games including one against Stevenson in 2OT’s. Despite the tough week, Joe Brown (13.6 ppg, 11.3 rpg) has been a constant in every game and continues to play well for the Knights.
Upcoming Schedule– @ Rutgers-Newark (12/12), @ William Paterson (12/16), @ Lebanon Valley (12/18)
10. Neumann University
Overall: 4-3, 2-2 CSAC
Prior Rank: 9
Last Two Weeks: W vs. Rosemont (77-73), L vs. Stockton (101-79), L @ Keystone (89-79), L @ Gwynedd-Mercy(57-56), W vs. Immaculata (62-50)
They ended up playing five games this past week against three teams that were previously ranked in the poll, going 1-2 against them. They had a really impressive win against Immaculata to close out this tough part of their schedule.
Upcoming Schedule— @ Rutgers-Newark (12/14), @ Rowan (12/19)
Previously Ranked: Rosemont (10)