Area Hoops Top 11
And feel free to offer your thoughts. And I know I'll hear from people who don't believe some of these schools are in this area. Talk to circulation.
Actually, I wouldn't mind making this an actual poll, if I could somehow find objective voters to help me vote. I'll bug some journalist types. Anyone out there want to volunteer? Maybe I could take one non-objective but promising-to-try-to-be-objective representative from each local school.
3. Georgetown (3-1). Now now, I'm just saying, if you had to vote right now, given typical top 25 voting patterns and a limited pool of eligible teams, and if you excluded preseason hype, you'd probably put Georgetown third, even if you think they might wind up higher. Tonight's opponent, Ball State, has made five of its last 58 three-point attempts and is playing for the fifth time in eight days. Betcha Georgetown wins. Read Camille Powell's nice story about the coaching matchup, Thompson vs. Thompson.
4. Old Dominion (5-1). Do we cover them? No. But excluding George Mason, the Monarchs have been Virginia's most successful team. Plus, an ODU alum used the phrase "nutted up" in a letter to the G'town student newspaper, and congratulated the Hoyas for staying within 13 points of ODU, "even in your poor excuse for a high school gym." That's worth at least one week in these parts.
5. GW (4-1), I guess. Master motivator Karl Hobbs has now taken to motivating the opponents. Interior D might be an issue; "they manhandled us," Hobbs said after the game. On the positive side, how many schools have former superstars posting on their message board?
6. George Mason (2-2), I guess. Although the Missouri Valley title is pretty much out of the question after those two losses to Wichita State and Creighton. Sammy Hernandez is transferring. Most importantly, read this story about Sean Ogirri, which gives lots of Fro and sneaker info and extensively quotes crazed hoops fan and Bog friend OffTheMeter.
7. VMI (3-4). Ok, the record's not great. And the Keydets just lost to Howard, which won't help the RPI much. But c'mon, they're averaging 105.6 points per game! The selection committee loves that! I'm sure of it.
8. Virginia Tech (3-2). Supposedly improved Hokies finished sixth in Old Spice Classic, losing to MAC and MVC schools and earning a case of Musk-flavored deodorant. Coach Seth Greenberg said it was a great experience, "excluding the games." Will face No. 5 GW on Sunday in a game the pollsters will watch very carefully.
9. Navy (4-2). 0-2 against the Big East, undefeated against the rest of the country.
10. American (3-2). 0-2 against the A-10, undefeated against the rest of the country.
11. Howard (2-3). Shot 70 percent from the field in win over VMI. But still couldn't catch them in the polls. Incidentally, Bison's 2-3 mark is good for second-best in the MEAC.
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