No love for the reigning champs.
Saint Joseph's was picked to finish ninth out of 14 teams in the Atlantic 10 in the conference's preseason poll, released Tuesday.
That's a big drop-off after the Hawks went 28-8 and won the A-10 championship last season, but they lost their two best players in DeAndre' Bembry and Isaiah Miles. Miles led the team with 18.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game, and Bembry did it all, averaging 17.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.4 steals. (The only other player in the nation to average as many points, rebounds and assists as Bembry last season was Ben Simmons.)
With the departures of Bembry, Miles and Aaron Brown, the Hawks lose 60 percent of last season's scoring output, 50 percent of their rebounds and 47 percent of their assists. In other words, other players must improve and carry the load. A lot will be placed on the shoulders of juniors James Demery and Shavar Newkirk, as well as sophomore Lamarr Kimble.
St. Joe's beat the odds last year to win the A-10 despite being picked seventh in that preseason poll, but this task will be much tougher.
La Salle, coming off a 9-22 season, its worst since 1995-96, was picked to finish seventh this year.
Dayton is the Atlantic 10 favorite, receiving 16 first-place votes, followed by Rhode Island with 12. VCU, Davidson, St. Bonaventure and Davidson follow, in that order.
The poll is voted on by the A-10’s coaches as well as members of the media.
Penn State looked like a bona fide National Championship contender in its blowout win over Michigan on Saturday (see story).
That said, the Nittany Lions remained one spot behind unanimous No. 1 Alabama, who beat Tennessee Saturday, at No. 2. In fact, the top eight teams remain the same from last week's poll, meaning that No. 3 Georgia, No. 4 TCU and No. 5 Wisconsin round out the top five.
With their statement win over the Wolverines, the Nittany Lions knocked Michigan, previously No. 19, entirely out of the Top 25.
Penn State faces its highest ranked opponent of the season on Saturday, when the Nittany Lions travel to Columbus, Ohio, to play No. 6 Ohio State.
For this week's full AP poll, click here.
Kurt Rawlings connected with Christopher Williams-Lopez for a 4-yard touchdown with 4:11 remaining in the game and Yale rallied for a 24-19 victory over Pennsylvania on Saturday.
Rawlings threw for 199 yards and two scores for the Bulldogs (5-1, 2-1 Ivy League), who won at Penn (2-4, 0-3) for the first time since 2007. Yale's Zane Dudek carried 12 times for 103 yards and a score.
The Quakers, who trailed 18-10 at the half, recovered a pair of fumbles in the fourth quarter to take a 19-18 lead. The first turnover led to Jack Soslow's 44-yard field goal and the second resulted in a 2-yard TD run by Tre Solomon. But Rawlings led the Bulldogs on an 11-play, 80-yard drive for the winning score.
Penn senior Justin Watson caught 10 passes for 120 yards and a 23-yard touchdown reception. It was an Ivy League record 16th career game with at least 100 yards receiving and he tied a school record with a TD catch in his sixth straight game. His 27 career scores ties the school record.