The Connecticut Six

Since Connecticut has seven college basketball teams, we thought it’d be interesting to do a weekly Connecticut college basketball power rankings. To level the playing field, we’ll leave UConn out of the rankings. Be on the look out for our power rankings coming out every Monday.

Week of  March 4, 2019

1. Yale (LW: 1) –  Could Yale be the two-seed in New Haven next weekend for the Ivy League Tournament? A mixed bag week for the Bulldogs as they beat Cornell and had a stunning loss to Columbia. With that, Yale is now tied with Harvard (and Harvard owns the tiebreaker having swept Yale). A tough week before the tournament with road games at Penn and Princeton.

2. Quinnipiac (LW: 2) – Another team with a mixed week in Connecticut. Quinnipiac beat St. Peter’s on the road, and then lost at home to Manhattan. This sets up the Bobcats to be the three-seed in the MAAC tournament. Despite being the three-seed KenPom gives Quinnipiac the highest odds to win the tournament. Could Quinnipiac be the first CT team in the big dance? Quinnipiac will face the winner of Monmouth/Niagara on Friday night.

3. Sacred Heart (LW: 4) – Sacred Heart did what it had to and swept this week’s home games to lock up a protected seed in the NEC Tournament. By beating Robert Morris and St. Francis PA the Pioneers got the three-seed in the upcoming NEC Tournament. They’ll face LIU Brooklyn in the first round on Wednesday night. Sacred Heart has split with LIU Brooklyn this season, so this third match up should be a good one.

4. Hartford (LW: 3)- Hartford has a major opportunity to secure the two-seed in the upcoming America East Tournament. By beating Binghamton and Albany this week (an OT scare), we are set up for a Tuesday night showdown in West Hartford on Tuesday night. The winner of this game will get the two-seed and line up for two home games in the conference tournament. John Gallagher has talked about the importance of home games in the America East Tournament, and Tuesday is a huge opportunity. All hope won’t be lost if the Hawks can’t win and secure the two-seed, but they’ve been a much better home team. A loss gets them four-seed and would set up a potential second round match up at Vermont…something you’d like to hold off on as a long as possible.

T5. Central (LW: 5) – Central played its last game on Saturday with a loss to Farleigh Dickinson. With that loss the Blue Devils came in last place in the NEC, therefore not getting a spot in the conference tournament. The end of the season was a dreadful stretch for Central losing seven of eight and losing some key personnel. Looks like next year will be another rebuilding year for the Blue Devils.

T5. Fairfield (LW: 6) – Props to Fairfield for getting another win late in the season. After a tough stretch, Fairfield beat Marist before losing at Saint Peter’s. Fairfield will play Manhattan in the first round of the MAAC Tournament (Fairfield the 10 seed) and KenPom actually gives them a 60.4% chance of moving on. Any games won in the tournament will be gravy for a young team.

How the Voters Voted

@JaredKotler @Russ_Steinberg @BlueDevlsDen
@BenDesaulnier_
CCSU 6 6 6 5
Fairfield 5 5 5 6
Hartford 4 3 4 3
Quinnipiac 2 2 3 2
Sacred Heart 3 4 2 4
Yale 1 1 1 1

 

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