Pope’s Poll: Selection Sunday Special Encyclical

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Pope’s Poll: Selection Sunday Special Encyclical

Postby The Pope » Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:25 pm

Forty-two Catholic colleges and universities compete in NCAA Division I basketball — here’s a missive direct from the Vatican showing how they stack up on Selection Sunday, a holy day of obligation for all college hoops fans.

In Hoops Heaven (headed for post-season play)

1. Villanova (30-4) NCAA
2. Xavier (28-5) NCAA
3. Gonzaga (30-4) NCAA
4. Creighton (22-11) NCAA
5. St. Mary's (28-5) NIT
6. Seton Hall (22-11) NCAA
7. Notre Dame (20-14) NIT
8. Loyola (IL) (28-5) NCAA
9. Marquette (19-13) NIT
10. St. Bonaventure (25-7) NCAA
11. Providence (21-13) NCAA
12. Boston College (19-15) NIT
13. Canisius (21-11) CBI
14. San Diego (18-13) CIT
15. Iona (20-13) NCAA
16. Niagara (19-13) CIT
17. St. Francis (PA) (18-12) CIT
18. San Francisco (18-15) CBI
19. Seattle (20-13) CBI

Positioned in Purgatory (for at least another year): Duquesne, Fairfield, Georgetown, Mt. St. Mary's, St. Joseph's and St. Louis.

Hangin' In Hoops Hell: Dayton, DePaul, Detroit Mercy, Fordham, Holy Cross, LaSalle, Loyola (MD), Loyola-Marymount, Manhattan, Portland, St. Francis (NY), St. John's, St. Peter's, Santa Clara, Sacred Heart and Siena.

"Francis’ Flop" (worst Catholic team in America): Incarnate Word (7-21).
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Re: Pope’s Poll: Selection Sunday Special Encyclical

Postby dennycrane » Mon Mar 12, 2018 1:17 pm

Thanks to the Pope for compiling all Catholic teams and their records here in one easy-to-read format. A few notes: Providence College is probably 21-13, not 21-23. They and BC, as well as Marquette all have quite a few losses, which comes from playing several strong teams in their respective conferences. Marquette has now been several years since they were a top flight program. That ended when Tom Crean left for Indiana. (There's a successful coach who's available??)

Aside from that, the feel-good story is Loyola of Chicago who dared to get better, left the HL about 4 years ago and now is enjoying a great season. They'll have their hands full with Miami but they are a legitimate conference champion. Credit Wichita St. with a big assist there.

St. Mary's is a very fine team from the Bay Area who is this year's Catholic victim of the piggish Power 5 conferences. Last year, it was St. Bonaventure. The Gaels beat rival Gonzaga, I believe, this season in building a 28-5 record in the respectable West Coast Conference.

Xavier received it's first ever top seed after winning the Big East regular season, part of a 28-5 record. Who remembers when Detroit owned Xavier, winning 2 of every three meetings in the 70s and 80s? I do, along with fans such as Chitwood, R. B. and many others. Xavier also knew enough to break away from the MidCon group, doing it about 25 years ago.

St. Bona had a great year in the A-10, finishing second. Unfortunately, a stumble Saturday left them in the play-in game vs UCLA tomorrow night. We know how that goes.

Canisius is another good story, enjoying a 21 win season, it's first in many years. They too stumbled early in their tournament but decided to play on in one of the lesser events.

I was glad to see the NCAA committee keep Notre Dame out, despite the Irish losing their best player to injury many games ago. They campaigned to get in; the committee didn't buy it.

Finally, Seattle, a Titan opponent, and playing out of the weak WAC, bought their way in after a 20 win year and also keeps playing.
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