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Inaugural Local Top 11 Hoops Poll, additional pithy comments

Like I said, not sure if these will continue to translate, but since I suddenly found myself in possession of about 400 pithy comments, figured I might as well put a few them to good use (read: get another free post out of this timesuck).

General Thoughts

Our area stinks - big losses by Georgetown, Maryland, Mason, and U-Va. this week. GW managed to make it through the week unscathed only because they played one game and made it against an area rival. (Jeffrey Goldstein)

I don't think that I'm going to want to be reminded about this initial slate at the end of the season. (Matt Branson)

Let's be honest, there aren't 10 "top anything" in DC area hoops and haven't been for awhile. (Former Postie Steve Argeris)

On that note,

1. Maryland

The curse of the BYOBB&T strikes again! (Jamie Paquette)

Gary Williams switches from Verizon DSL to Comcast Digital Cable. (Bill Fitzgerald)

Maybe they should consider dropping the BB&T all together, no wonder they don't want to play Gtown at Verizon Center. ND is not a good team. (Nathan Fennessy)

Not its night against Notre Dame but wins against Mich. St., Illinois and Winthrop will be good ones come March. (Chris King)

How do you lose to Mike Brey at the Feinstein Invitational? (Jeffrey Goldstein)

A clear #1 until they completely collapsed against Notre Dame in the 2nd half. They were up 7 with 13:44 to go at the Verizon Center and should have closed out an inexperienced Irish squad. (Chris Olson)

Well that 5 minute stretch in the 2nd half of the Notre Dame was really a buzz kill for Terps fans, huh? Good wins over Michigan State and Illinois keep the Terps in first place, for now. (Ajay Vellore)

If only the Redskins could tackle as well as Osby did last night against Notre Dame. (Matt Mandel)

2. Virginia

Ugly win against N.C. State, but a win nonetheless. J.R. shot lights out in the clutch, which is a good sign for the stretch run. (Sean McLernon)

Virginia may be for losers, I mean for lovers, but being one of two teams in the ACC starting 1-0 is enuff to top this poll or any poll for that matter. (The Thighmaster)

Picked up their first conference win over NC State, and win over Arizona much more impressive than UMD. (Nathan Fennessy)

Here solely on the strength of their opening win over Arizona (I did see the Purdue game - it made my eyes bleed it was so ugly). Probably won't know until January how good this team is. (Eric Swensen)

Smart, preppy, smarmy [bad words]. Enjoy it while it lasts. (Andrew Alberg)

3. George Washington

Still haven't beaten anybody good (Tech doesn't qualify). (Jon Lauder)

Big win over VaTech. Because GTown refuses to play them, I have them above the JTIII'ers. (Sean Perkins)

Win over Va Tech in D.C. puts them ahead of Hokies, despite a weak sked so far. What's the deal with a road game against Kennesaw State, by the way? (Darryl Slater)

Like many of the teams on this poll, we don't know how good they really are. They feasted on weaker competition and were barely able to beat Virginia Tech at home. Great job by Carl Elliott to knock down both ends of the one-and-one. (Chris Olson)

I miss Mike Jarvis. I wish I was BenJarvis Green-Ellis. (The Thighmaster)

You mean the Dartmouth--Longwood-Kennesaw St series of walkovers didn't prepare them for Providence? Shocking. The win over Va. Tech was not terribly convincing, but I'll keep them here in deference to my boy from Brooklyn, Carl Elliott. (Jamie Paquette)

4. Old Dominion

Monarchs are 3-0 against poll-eligible teams, and currently in first place for the coveted Steinberg Cup. (Bill Fitzgerald)

They'll go corporate by Feb and be renamed 'Paramount's Old Dominion', now shorter log-flume lines! (The Thighmaster)

Good line from the always-quotable coach Blaine Taylor after he won his 100th game on Saturday: "I am proud of that. I was hired to come here and see if we couldn't get a little air up the skirt of the program here, and we've done it." (Dustin Dopirak)

5. Georgetown

Georgetown continues to dodge the AU Eagles since they beat Patrick Ewing back in the day. (Matt Bormet)

We can understand the loss at Duke. But the Hoyas have beaten absolutely nobody. (Darryl Slater)

Winning in Durham is nearly impossible to do, but that's three losses with no impressive wins. Preseason ranking doesn't help much in my poll. (Jon Lauder)

I give them credit for putting ODU and Oregon on the schedule. Losses to them are better than playing Longwood, Kennesaw. (Mike Sylvester)

Lost to 3 pretty decent teams. Don't really understand how Roy Hibbert is 7'3, decently athletic and agile, has some actual basketball skill...and disappears sometimes during games. How is he not consistently dominant? (Andrew Alberg)

No wins of any import yet; Oral Roberts game will be interesting test. (Matt Branson)

Hoya fans will point to the fact that they outplayed Duke in Durham for 30 minutes, but that doesn't make up for the fact that a loss is a loss. Nor does it excuse them from losing to ODU at McDonough. Utter disappointment thus far. They SHOULD move up to the area Top 4 by January but have been unimpressive so far. (Ajay Vellore)

Maybe if JT3 took some scheduling lessons from his father, G'town could be #1. (Matt Mandel)

I was walking home from work last Wednesday when I saw a group of young men in Oregon warm-ups waiting for a bus outside of the Marriott on 12th and H NW. Looking at how tiny these guys were, I thought for sure it was the curling team or debate team, or something. Point is, you shouldn't lose to Oregon at home if you have Roy Hibbert and Jeff Green. (Chris Olson)

Not a great week for the Hoyas, but they get credit for not having St. Leo's on their schedule. (Eric Swensen)

They should be #1 in the area, but not yet. (Glenn Arnold)

6. Virginia Tech

Greenberg hasn't led a team to the NCAA Tournament since 1995. Three Ls before Pearl Harbor Day indicate the streak won't end this season. (Chris King)

Lots of hype this year. Lots of losses this year. (Markus Videnieks)

Seth Greenberg wants to bring in a specialist to help his team to develop killer instinct, but can't get Marcus Vick to return his calls. (Bill Fitzgerald)

Good win over Iowa, but the Hokies blew it against the Colonials. And what's with losing against Western Michigan? These guys look like the most overrated team in the ACC. (Sean McLernon)

Saw most of their games over Thanksgiving. They will be dropping in this poll once ACC play begins. (Nathan Fennessy)

Win over Iowa isn't enough to overcome the loss vs C. Michigan. And they lose points, IMO, for the even playing W. Florida (non-DI). (Mike Sylvester)

7. VCU

Second best 3-initial basketball program in Va. (Mike Ashley)

Yeah, I think this team is the Rams or something. Hey look, they're 5-2! (Jamie Paquette)

They've won three in a row and have the most D1 wins among Virginia teams in the past four seasons, according to their website. (Of course, their website doesn't note as prominently that the coach that led them to all those wins is now at Oklahoma.) (Eric Swensen)

Nice record with a win against a Conference USA team. It seems like all of the area teams have "W Longwood" on their schedules. Welcome to Division I Lancers! (Chris Olson)

Has a really good art department. (Matt Branson)

8. George Mason

Patriots' bandwagon crashes and burns returning home from Verizon Center, tying up traffic on 95 for two days. In postgame press conference, Jim Larranaga asks, "Hey, where'd everybody go?" To paraphrase the great Zero Mostel, "There's no shame in losing to Bucknell, but there's no great honor either." (Bill Fitzgerald)

Credit for a tough schedule, but need to win some of those games. (Jeffrey Goldstein)

Overrated (clap clap, clap clap clap). Seriously Bucknell isn't good. (They lost at SUNY Albany!) (Jon Lauder)

The "Kryptonite Kids" displayed no inside presence in a loss to a struggling Bucknell team. Will Thomas looks mediocre being double-teamed without the assistance of Jai Lewis. (Mark from Leesburg)

No one would be talking about this team right now if it wasn't for two good weeks last March. (Sean McLernon)

They have lost three close games to very good mid-major teams. Can't really consider these bad losses, but they need to start winning some of these games. (Nathan Fennessy)

9. Navy

Gotta support the troops. (Andrew Alberg)

At 6-2 and with two understandable losses (at Villanova [by just nine, btw], at St. John's) the Middies are on a collision course with 6-2 Army for their Jan. 21 high noon showdown in West Point. We smell a Bog road
trip. (Darryl Slater)

Annapolis hasn't seen this kind of two-sport success since the days of Robinson and McCallum. (Bill Fitzgerald)

They haven't played any decent teams and they've been destroyed by the two good teams they've played. That would suggest they're somewhere in the middle. Sounds about right. (Chris Olson)

Right now they're 6-2 with a top 50 RPI; how long will that last? (Adam Littlefield)

Beat Loyola, UMES, W&M, and Longwood (in overtime), but have played a schedule that makes GW's look fierce. (Jon Lauder)

10. American

I have ties to Arvydas Eitutavicius. They also only lost to Rich. and Xavier on the road, both from conferences
much better than American's. They have a ton of experience (of playing D-I basketball) this year. My sleeper all year. (Sean Perkins)

So many Lithuanians, it feels like there was a catalog sale: Arvydas Eitutavicius, Paulius Joneliunas, Linas Lekavicius and Oranj Jahulius. One of those may be made up. Prediction: the win over NJ Institute of Technology will not help their RPI come March. Who let NJTech into Division I anyway? Is the entrance exam like the Wonderlic test? (Jamie Paquette)

11t. Liberty

And justice for all. (The Thighmaster)

4-1 record, but they play a schedule so soft (victories include Cincinnati Christian and Houghton College) that the Flames could have started Jerry Falwell at center and still won. (Sean McLernon)

11t. Towson

I can't believe the Top 11 concept got ruined on the first bloody week. (Me)

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 4, 2006; 2:59 PM ET
Categories:  College Basketball  
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