New York College Basketball: Ranking the 22 Teams (Jan. 23, Third Edition)

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New York College Basketball: Ranking the 22 Teams (Jan. 23, Third Edition)
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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 third edition of the New York College Basketball rankings. The first and second can be found here and here .

Explanations are only provided for the top 14 because the bottom eight don't deserve your reading time.

Ranking, Team, Overall Record (Conference Record), Second Edition Ranking

1. Syracuse, 18-1 (5-1 Big East), 1

Without a doubt, the Orange maintain their perch on New York's throne. A 10-point loss to a surprisingly competitive Pittsburgh team is the only blemish on Syracuse's record. The Orange are going to be tough to beat through the end of the season with seven players averaging eight or more points per game.

 

2. Cornell, 15-3 (1-0 Ivy), 2

Even though Siena is rolling over MAAC competition, Cornell remains a notch above the Saints. The Big Red have won at Alabama and St. John's and took Kansas to the wire. Their other two losses were versus Seton Hall and at Syracuse.

 

3. Siena, 16-4 (9-0 MAAC), 6

Siena has won 10 consecutive games and 12 of its last 13. To say the Saints are gelling would be a drastic understatement. They're past the point of gelling. Now, they're mowing down anything between them and a 'W.'

Despite having a better RPI than Cornell (32 vs. 37), Siena remains behind the Big Red because the Saints could not pick up a signature win out of conference.

 

4. Iona, 14-6 (6-3 MAAC), 5

Winners of five straight, the Gaels are the MAAC's surprise of the year. They have used their No. 9 MAAC preseason rank as motivation to rise to third place in the league.

Iona is a defensive-minded team. The Gaels nearly beat Florida State and Baylor in November by playing suffocating defense. A defense that can hold Baylor to 58 points in regulation should fare well in the MAAC.

 

5. St. John's, 12-6 (2-4 Big East), 3

After starting 10-2, the Johnnies struggled through their adjustment to Big East play. However, they have won two of their last three.

St. John's remains in the top five because, as you'll soon see, none of the teams behind the Red Storm would be favored in a hypothetical matchup with the boys from Queens.

 

6. Buffalo, 10-5 (3-1 MAC), 9

Before an embarrassing 35-point loss at Kent State, the Bulls had won seven of their last eight games. Their streak in combination with the struggles of other New York programs enabled them to reach the No. 6 spot.

 

7. Niagara, 11-10 (4-5 MAAC), 4

The Purple Eagles are reeling. Losers of four out of five, Niagara is in serious trouble and stands at an unforeseen sixth place in the MAAC.

 

8. St. Bonaventure, 9-8 (2-2 A-10), 8

The Bonnies have played .500 ball against decent competition to keep their slot at No. 8.

 

9. Stony Brook, 13-7 (5-2 A. East), 11

Winners in six of their last eight games, the Seawolves picked up a huge road win at first-place Vermont on Thursday. Stony Brook cracked the top 10 as a result of their hot play and others' stumbles.

 

10. Canisius, 10-10 (5-4 MAAC), 13

Led by Frank Turner and Julius Coles, the Golden Griffins have continued to surprise the MAAC. They've won four out of six, but the two losses were on the road against Siena and Fairfield, the MAAC's top two teams.

 

11. Hofstra, 9-11 (2-6 CAA), 7

The Pride fell to No. 11 as a result of dropping six of seven.

 

12. Army, 12-6 (2-2 Patriot), 10

Despite having three more wins than Hofstra, Army is one slot behind the Pride because of a much weaker schedule.

 

13. Binghamton, 7-13 (2-3 A. East), 17

The Bearcats have been playing really good basketball, especially given the condition the team was in after the September scandals. Over the last six games, Binghamton picked up notable wins against La Salle and Stony Brook.

The Bearcats lost to BU by eight, Maine in overtime, and Hartford by one. Not bad for a team with seven scholarship players.

 

14. Manhattan, 7-12 (2-7 MAAC), 12

After starting 5-2, the Jaspers have dropped 10 of their last 12. Manhattan didn't pick up an OOC win as weighty as Binghamton's victory over La Salle, so the Jaspers sit behind the Bearcats.

15. Long Island, 7-11 (5-2 NEC), 16

16. Columbia, 6-9 (0-1 Ivy), 14

17. St. Francis, 8-10 (5-2 NEC), 19

18. Albany, 6-15 (1-5 A. East), 15

19. Fordham, 2-15 (0-5 A-10), 18

20. Colgate, 5-13 (1-3 Patriot), 21

21. Wagner, 3-17 (1-6 NEC), 20

22. Marist, 1-18 (1-8 MAAC), 22

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