CMS men drop three spots in poll

The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men slipped a bit from No. 12 to No. 15 in the D3Hoops.com poll released on Monday. The Stags (15-1) were dealt their first loss on Saturday falling to Whittier 88-85 in double overtime.

That’s not the worst thing that can happen. A loss takes some of the pressure off and sometimes helps a team refocus. CMS will get anothet shot at Whittier anyway and the SCIAC automatic playoff bid is decided in the conference tournament anyway.

The Stags were also coming off a high from the previous game when they slipped past local Pomona-Pitzer on a last-second layup the previous game. So a letdown was not all that unexpected.

Here’s this week’s poll:

1 Middlebury (24) 16-0 623 1
2 UW-Whitewater (1) 17-1 595 5
3 Hope 16-1 549 7
4 Emory 15-1 514 8
5 Virginia Wesleyan 13-2 511 2
6 MIT 16-1 488 3
7 Amherst 15-2 482 4
8 Cabrini 16-1 446 10
9 Franklin and Marshall 16-1 409 13
10 Mary Hardin-Baylor 16-1 403 6
11 Whitworth 14-3 339 9
12 Birmingham-Southern 16-1 323 14
13 Williams 15-3 296 15
14 William Paterson 16-2 256 18
15 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 15-1 247 12
16 UW-Stevens Point 14-4 222 11
17 New York University 14-1 192 23
18 Eastern Connecticut 14-1 155 25
19 Wooster 14-3 147 24
20 Augustana 13-4 136 19
21 Illinois Wesleyan 14-3 128 17
22 Wheaton (Ill.) 14-3 123 22
23 Wabash 14-3 115 16
24 Rhode Island College 14-2 76
25 Transylvania 15-2 68

Dropped out: No. 20 St. Thomas, No. 21 Wittenberg.

Others receiving votes: Lake Forest 49; WPI 48; Oswego State 40; Wittenberg 36; Randolph-Macon 20; St. Thomas 19; Bethany 16; St. Joseph’s (L.I.) 9; Christopher Newport 8; UW-River Falls 7; Washington U. 7; Albertus Magnus 4; Lycoming 4; St. Mary’s (Md.) 4; Wesleyan 4; Western Connecticut 4; DePauw 1; Grinnell 1; Hampden-Sydney 1.