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NCAA Basketball: Clemson at Syracuse Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

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We’re back with this week’s installment of the College Crosse Top 20. You can find a link to last week’s post here. We have lots commentary this week, so let’s go straight to the Big Board!

College Crosse Week 10 Top 20.

Rank Adam Epstein Marisa Ingemi Chris Jastrzembski Ryan McDonnell Rank Safe Fekadu Jake Nazar Joe Keegan DLB
Rank Adam Epstein Marisa Ingemi Chris Jastrzembski Ryan McDonnell Rank Safe Fekadu Jake Nazar Joe Keegan DLB
1 Syracuse Syracuse Syracuse Syracuse 1 Maryland Maryland Syracuse Syracuse
2 Maryland Maryland Maryland Maryland 2 Syracuse Syracuse Maryland Denver
3 Denver Denver Duke Albany 3 Ohio State Albany Duke Maryland
4 Duke Ohio State Denver Duke 4 Denver Duke Denver Duke
5 Ohio State Duke Albany Ohio State 5 Duke Denver Ohio State Rutgers
6 Albany Albany Ohio State Notre Dame 6 Albany Ohio State Albany Yale
7 Johns Hopkins Hopkins Johns Hopkins Denver 7 Johns Hopkins Yale Notre Dame Notre Dame
8 Notre Dame Notre Dame Notre Dame Johns Hopkins 8 Yale Johns Hopkins Johns Hopkins Penn State
9 Yale Yale Yale Penn State 9 Notre Dame Notre Dame Penn State Hofstra
10 Penn State Towson Penn State Hofstra 10 Penn State Penn State Rutgers Albany
11 Hofstra Hofstra Towson Towson 11 Rutgers Richmond Yale Army
12 Rutgers Penn State Rutgers Yale 12 Hofstra Hofstra Hofstra Ohio State
13 Richmond Richmond Hofstra Rutgers 13 Towson Army Towson Richmond
14 Towson Rutgers Richmond Army 14 Richmond Towson Army Johns Hopkins
15 Army Army Army West Point Richmond 15 Army Rutgers Richmond Princeton
16 Princeton Providence Providence Providence 16 Villanova North Carolina UNC Providence
17 Villanova Princeton Villanova Monmouth 17 Providence Providence Providence Towson
18 Providence BU Boston University Princeton 18 Princeton Princeton Princeton Villanova
19 North Carolina Villanova North Carolina North Carolina 19 BU Villanova BU Boston
20 BU North Carolina Monmouth Villanova 20 Monmouth Boston University Monmouth Binghamton

Commentary.

Safe. As usual, I'll reserve my comments for the Aggregation.

Adam.

BU: Back in the top 20 after the overtime victory over Loyola. The Patriot League is very weird and I don't understand it. What I do understand is that it's a 1-bid league.

UNC: 6-6 but I still think they're one of the top 20 teams in the country. Nearly pulled off the upset over Cuse. But "nearly" isn't good enough.

Providence: Nice win over Marquette. Great defense with an even better goalie. The Friars are dancin' in the Big East tourney. Can they shock Denver?

Villanova: Win over Maryland keeps looking better but #25 RPI isn't good. Will probably need the AQ and that means beating Denver, or hoping someone else does. Neither seems likely.

Princeton: Squarely on the bubble. The loss to Lehigh was brutal. Hanging their hat on the Hopkins win right now. Potential rematch with Yale in the Ivy tournament looms.

Army: At-large hopes may have been sunk by the Midshipmen. "Throw out the records" rivalry game, but Army didn't look very impressive. Need a better showing against Loyola and ND.

Towson: Quietly getting things done. Stellar defense. Don't be surprised when the Tigers win the CAA. Senior-laden offense.

Richmond: They've yet to allow double-digit goals in a game this season—but they've had a lot of trouble scoring themselves. 21 goals combined in their three contests against ACC opponents. Need to get lucky for an at-large berth.

Hofstra: The Pride are officially on the at-large bubble with the loss to Drexel. Borderline top 20 RPI. Tendency to collapse in the fourth quarter.

Penn State: Exposed as a non-top 5 team in the last few weeks but still have a lethal attack and a suddenly hot goaltender. Arceri needs to figure it out. Freshman wall?

Yale: Seven straight wins thanks to Mr. Reeves and a well-rounded offense. They're back in the at-large conversation despite some ugly early season losses.

Notre Dame: No glaring weaknesses but I don't think this team is really scaring anyone right now. Perkovic is shooting much better.

Johns Hopkins: Jekyll and Hyde. When they win faceoffs, they win the game. When they don't, they struggle. Robert Kuhn had the best performance by an LSM I've seen this season against Penn State.

Albany: Still haven't really beaten anyone but I am a Connor Fields believer. The kid is good enough to carry them to a Final Four. Absolutely dominated his matchup against the Terps.

Ohio State: Withers is the second best FOGO in D1 behind Baptiste. The defense is stingy and they've got shooters all over the field. Dangerous, well-coached team.

Duke: With Guterding, Bruckner, and all those talented freshmen, Duke suddenly has the hottest offense around. Still a little skeptical the D will hold up come tourney time, but it may not need to.

Denver: Giving up 12 goals to St. John's is a tad concerning but as long as they have Baptiste, they're going to be extremely tough to beat.

Syracuse: The Orange continue to get it done against top competition.

Jake.

Villanova: The offense is really tricky and crafty. If they win some face-offs, could beat Denver in the Big East tournament

Princeton: Got the best pieces they've had on offense since Schreiber left. Need to win out and at least get to the Ivy final, if not win it.

Providence: Maybe this year's Marquette? I doubt it, but helluva year by the Friars.

North Carolina: Offense looked really damn good Saturday, but they needed that W. Hanging on a thread for the tournament

Rutgers: How they didn't win that game Sunday I'll never know. Good team, need to beat Penn State.

Towson: They're Towson. Defense is tremendous, offense has to work for it. Probably the CAA favorite.

Hofstra: Death. Taxes. Hofstra folds in April.

Penn State: Nittany Lions are a very good team. Offense needs to get better playing without lots of face-offs. Need to beat Rutgers.

Notre Dame: That offense simply won't get it done in May.

Johns Hopkins: Get face-offs and the Blue Jays can beat anybody. Don't, and that defense can't hold up. Turnbaugh has turned things around for them.

Yale: The class of the Ivy yet again. Reeves is a Tewaaraton finalist again. Offense is tremendous.

Ohio State: Defense might be the best in the country. Offense has a lot of crafty players all over the field.

Denver: The defense really bothers me. Like, a lot. But Baptiste is the best FOGO of all time, and that offense can go.

Duke: Beginning to look like a quintessential Danowski team. Defense is as good as it's been in awhile.

Albany: I think Albany is the 2nd best team in the country behind Maryland, but resume has to count for something.

Syracuse: Orange have a tremendous resume, second to only Maryland. The one goal wins leave me doubt, but they're wins.

Maryland: This is the best team in the country. Period. End of story. They waxed the #1 team on Saturday, beat a Top 5 team on the road on Wednesday, beat a Top 15 team on the road on Sunday. It's not a debate.

Chris.

Monmouth: Also considered Princeton for the spot, but the loss to Lehigh hurt them.

UNC: They're 6-6 and probably won't make the NCAA Tournament. But they showed potential in the loss. Looks like deciding to stay in a hotel the night before didn't work out so well.

BU: BU avoided blowing a 3-1 Patriot League conference record lead.

Providence: Another big Big East matchup this weekend, this time against Denver, before playing Villanova.

Army: Army's loss to Navy might have made the Patriot League a one-bid league as well. Don't see them getting an at-large if they lose the PL Tournament.

Hofstra: Hofstra's loss is making the CAA a one-bid league.

Rutgers: They lost in triple overtime, but they have potential to be in the NCAA Tournament, if they can beat Penn State and Ohio State in the next two weeks.

Penn State: This week in questioning Big Ten teams is Penn State. Will they show up next weekend at home against Rutgers?

Yale: Here comes the Yale that we thought we would see in February. Ben Reeves and Matt Gaudet are emerging.

Albany: I hope people believe in Albany after seeing how they played against Maryland at home. They are for real.

Denver: Not making a ton of noise this season, but they're the silent assassins.

Duke: If Maryland is the hottest team right now, I think Duke is the second hottest team.

Maryland: I was having life-altering thoughts about putting the Terps at #1. Beating two top five teams (at the time) and then beating Rutgers in a span of eight days is Championship Weekend-like.

Syracuse: They went through the ACC unblemished, even though they won each game by four goals. They do their job differently.