March 31, 2014
Northwestern (+3): Back in the Top 10 this week, the Wildcats handed Massachusetts its first loss of the season, a little reminder that Northwestern is still out there for anyone who wants to conveniently forget about the seven-time NCAA champions.
Ohio State (+3): With Northwestern netting a big win and the Buckeyes going 2-0 this week, Ohio State had nowhere to go but up, particularly since some teams ahead of them fell last week.
Stanford (+2): If you didn’t think the Cardinal were for real, perhaps the win over Notre Dame this week (and the improvement in stature of that wins over Ohio State and Vanderbilt got this week) will.
Johns Hopkins (-4): A tough drop after reaching the Top 10 just last week, the loss to unranked (but tough) Vanderbilt and the weakening of last week’s win over Georgetown gave them the double-hit.
Massachusetts (-3): Another first-time loser, the Minutewomen stay in the Top 10, but won’t face another team that was even considered for the rankings until the final regular-season game on April 27 against currently 9-1 Duquesne.
Louisville (18): Returning to the rankings once again, Louisville has only one win against a Top 20 team (Denver), but played Duke, Ohio State and Notre Dame tough and has gotten back-to-back quality wins over Vanderbilt and Georgetown.
Denver (19): The only blemish for the Pioneers so far is a loss against Louisville at the beginning of March. Denver takes on Stanford in a huge MPSF battle on Friday night in northern California.
Georgetown: It’s a tough call to say that the Hoyas aren’t among the Top 20 teams in the nation, but right now, a 3-6 mark and three straight losses have them on the outs.
Brown: Two losses this week leave Bruno on the outside looking in.