By Paul Seaver (TheArenaPulse)
This is the fourth installment of The Arena Pulse’s New England Rankings, a power ranking that will be on-going throughout the season.
Conference play is underway and many of the program from the New England region are members of smaller leagues that play for that one shot at the NCAA Tournament. With that being said, larger programs such as UConn, Boston College, and Providence look to continue their impressive starts against much stiffer competition. How will they compete in the power conferences?
No. 3- Harvard (10-3): Despite defeating Boston College for the third straight season, Harvard remains behind the Eagles due to their lack of quality victories. However, at 10-3 the Crimson now can look ahead to Ivy League play, a conference in which each game has significant importance. Harvard is considered the favorite heading into league play.
No. 4- Providence (11-5): They did a great job rolling through their non-conference schedule, but question marks over whether or not they’d even be able to compete in the Big East. Three straight conference losses have dipped their mark to 11-5 overall. PC now prepares for a three-game road trip and will not return home again until 1/22.
No. 5- Vermont (11-3): The Catamounts are the only team above .500 in the America East. At 10-3 overall, each of their losses have been to solid teams (UConn, BYU, Fairfield). Now Vermont can look to do damage in conference play as the favorite in the league looks to dance, yet again.
No. 8- Quinnipiac (10-3): QU had their five game winning streak snapped by Wagner on January 3rd and now they will have to look to bounce back with back-to-back conference road games. They won the conference regular season title a season ago, but missed the NCAAs, you already know what is on their minds this season.
*Photo: Derek Needham
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