Ephs move up two more spots in national rankings to fifth

Will Hardy '10
Will Hardy '10

Williamstown, MA - Williams men’s basketball moved up from no. 7 to no. 5 in the country this week on the heels of a perfect opening weekend to NESCAC play. The Ephs jumped over St. Thomas and UW-Whitewater to claim its highest ranking of the season.


NESCAC rivals Middlebury and Amherst are ranked no. 10 and no. 20, respectively. Middlebury’s ranking remains the same as last week, while Amherst dropped seven spots after falling to Babson last Monday, although the Jeffs were able to open NESCAC play with wins over Wesleyan and Conn. College.


Randolph Macon, which handed the Ephs their only loss of the season, fell from no. 1 to no. 3 after losing to Eastern Mennonite last week. Mennonite moved up from 18th to 7th in the wake of the 91-67 victory.


The Ephs will take on New Paltz State tonight (1/19) at 8 p.m. before continuing NESCAC play this weekend away at Wesleyan and Conn. College.


The entire Top 25 poll through games played Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010:

 

 

# Team W-L Pts. Last Week
1 UW-Stevens Point (25) 15-1 625 2
2 Guilford 14-1 588 6
3 Randolph-Macon 14-1 534 1
4 Washington U. 12-2 510 3
5 Williams 14-1 508 7
6 UW-Whitewater 14-2 457 4
7 Eastern Mennonite 13-1 430 18
8 MIT 15-1 428 9
9 St. Thomas 12-2 418 5
10 Middlebury 14-1 412 10
11 Anderson 15-1 373 14
12 Virginia Wesleyan 14-2 350 8
13 St. Norbert 12-1 326 12
14 Chapman 14-2 280 16
15 Brandeis 11-2 272 20
16 St. Mary's (Md.) 13-2 248 17
17 Illinois Wesleyan 13-2 220 21
18 Whitworth 13-2 190 22
19 Franklin and Marshall 12-3 181 11
20 Amherst 10-3 165 13
21 William Paterson 15-1 124
22 Texas-Dallas 11-3 122 23
23 Mississippi College 12-2 92 25
24 Medaille 14-1 84 19
25 Wooster 11-4 50

 

Dropped out: No. 15 Wilmington, No. 24 UW-La Crosse.

Others receiving votes: Cabrini 32, Rochester 23, Wilmington 19, Carthage 9, Defiance 7, Gustavus Adolphus 7, Richard Stockton 7, UW-La Crosse 7, Lycoming 5, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 5, Maryville (Tenn.) 4, Wheaton (Ill.) 4, Wittenberg 3, Worcester Polytech 3, Manchester 2, Central 1.

 

Poll courtesy of D3Hoops.com