New York College Basketball: Ranking the 22 Teams (Dec. 23, 2nd Edition)
New York has 22 Division I collegiate basketball teams. Unfortunately, many of them are terrible. But some are decent, and a select few are great. This article ranks New York's 22 college basketball teams from first to worst.
This is the second edition of the New York College Basketball rankings. The first can be found here .
Ranking, Team, First Edition Ranking
1. Syracuse 12-0, 1
The Orange have continued to dominate opponents. Since the first edition, they have demolished Saint Francis (NY), Saint Bonaventure, and Oakland by an average of 23 points. Syracuse is yet to win a game by less than 12 points.
2. Cornell 9-2, 3
The Big Red used wins against Davidson and Saint John's in the Holiday Festival to move up to the No. 2 slot.
3. Saint John's 9-2, 2
The Red Storm can attribute their drop in the rankings to their loss to Cornell.
4. Niagara 8-4, 6
Wins against Illinois State and the improved Bonnies from Saint Bonaventure allowed Niagara to move up two slots. The Purple Eagles have managed without the all-around play of Bilal Benn.
5. Iona 7-4, 7
Upon the publication of the first edition, the Gaels were 5-4 with two losses to power programs. They finally got a win against a school from an elite conference, defeating Providence on the road.
6. Siena 6-4, 4
Yes, the Saints have only played once since the first publication of these rankings, but they lost to Northern Iowa by 17. Siena has been incapable of winning against good competition. Ironically, their best win was a 13 point defeat of Iona.
7. Hofstra 7-5, 5
Losing to an improved Saint John's team was acceptable, but a nine-point loss to Davidson diminished the pride of the Pride.
8. Saint Bonaventure 6-5, 8
Despite losing two games since the first edition, the Bonnies remain at No. 8. A 13 point loss at Syracuse is nothing to be ashamed of while a six point loss at Niagara is respectable.
9. Buffalo 6-3, 13
The Bulls used a win against a strong Green Bay team to move up four slots. Star player Rodney Pierce is heating up, and Buffalo can be very dangerous if he maintains his recent level of play.
10. Army 9-2, 9
Army is 3-0 since the first edition, but their lack of competition combined with Buffalo's win against Green Bay caused the Black Knights to drop one spot.
11. Stony Brook, 10
In Stony Brook's one game since the first edition, the Seawolves fell by eight points at Sacred Heart. Luckily, the teams behind them also stumbled, so they only declined one ranking.
12. Manhattan 6-5, 11
The Jaspers did not have an answer for Reggie Holmes and lost to Morgan State, but they were resilient and beat New York foe Long Island in the ensuing game.
13. Canisius 5-6, 12
After losing two close games to Duquesne and North Florida, the Golden Griffs went on the road and defeated Southern Mississippi.
14. Columbia 5-4, 14
On break for exam week, the Lions have not played since the first edition.
15. Albany 4-9, 15
The Great Danes have struggled recently, losing by double-digits to Iona and Loyola-Illinois.
16. Long Island 4-6, 16
Long Island fell to Manhattan in its only game since the first edition. The Blackbirds are not playing good basketball.
17. Binghamton 4-8, 19
The Bearcats proved they don't belong in the New York cellar, beating the winless Marist Red Foxes by 18.
18. Fordham 2-7, 18
After beating Stony Brook by 16 points, the Rams have dropped two straight. However, the losses were to Saint John's and Villanova, so Fordham is not penalized in the rankings.
19. Saint Francis (NY) 3-7, 17
The Terriers have lost two straight games.
20. Wagner 2-9, 20
After an 0-7 start to the season, the Seahawks have played .500 ball in their last four games. Perhaps the team is finally gelling.
21. Colgate 1-9, 21
A 19 point win at Dartmouth is not enough to improve the Raiders' No. 21 ranking.
22. Marist 0-9, 22
The Red Foxes were hopeful that they would improve when Villanova transfer Casiem Drummond would become eligible in the spring semester. Unfortunately, Drummond did not receive clearance from the NCAA, and Marist's woes should continue as a result.
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