April 7, 2014
Who’s Hot? Denver (+7): A trip to California gave the Pioneers a huge boost this week, as they edged Stanford to wrest control of the MPSF race to the conference tourney and improved to 11-1 on the year. Albany (+5): Thought they lost their unbeaten status during the week, the Great Danes proved they belong in the conversation by playing tough in a loss to Syracuse at the Carrier Dome. That, plus a lot of other teams shuffling around due to losses, move them up the table. Northwestern (+4): Rumors of the Wildcats’ demise were greatly exaggerated, as they handed North Carolina its first loss of the year and took wins over ranked Penn State and Penn teams this week as well. Only an earlier head-to-head loss to Syracuse kept them from pushing even higher. Who’s Not? Stanford (-7): A rough drop for the Cardinal, as a loss to Denver gives the Pioneers the inside track in the MPSF race. Notre Dame (-7): Nobody said joining the ACC would be easy, as a loss to unranked Virginia forces the Irish out of the Top 10. Who’s New? Virginia (20): With as tough a schedule as you can have, the Cavaliers struggled out of the gate but have rebounded since, reeling off three straight wins including this weekend’s toppling of then-No. 7 Notre Dame on the road. Dropped Out? Navy: A tough pill to swallow for the Mids – who still have only one loss on the season, but don’t have any wins over teams even in consideration for the Top 20, making them the team that had to drop to make room for the Cavaliers.