Local Hoops Poll Week Eight: ACC4Life
Last week's top-ranked team, Virginia Tech, lost at Florida State. Last week's second-ranked team, Maryland, lost twice. The door seemed to be open for the non-ACC trinity of Georgetown, George Washington and Virginia Commonwealth. After seven weeks, it seemed we would finally move a non-ACC team into the top spot of the Atlantic Eleven.
Well, think again. Voters trust Seth Greenberg. They think he's likeable. They think he has their best interests in mind. They were impressed by that home overtime win over Maryland (yes, that's right, they watched regular season ACC hoops instead of the AFC championship game), and they said, "Hmm, let's give those plucky Hokies another chance." And so for the eighth consecutive week, an ACC team sits on top. How dull. Maybe we should just call this the Local ACC Poll, and every week we can vote on which order Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech should be ranked.
(By the way, I chatted with GW's own Mike O'Connor today about the Colonials' hoopsters, since he saw them outlast Charlotte in person over the weekend. "They probably have to win the Atlantic 10 to get in" the NCAA tournament, the wise O'Connor said. "They beat Virginia Tech, and they're in the Top 25 now, but that's really the only good win they've had all year." He should be a Poll voter. But in happier news, Karl Hobbs is lightening up. Check out this quote.)
Anyhow, here are the changes: Va. Tech remains on top; Georgetown, GW and VCU each inch up one spot; Maryland drops from second to fifth, Virginia and George Mason jump ahead of Old Dominion, Loyola moves up one spot to ninth, Towson reappears at No. 10 despite a sub-.500 record, and William & Mary falls to No. 11 on the strength of four straight losses. For the first time in Poll history, we have five ranked CAA teams, and zero representatives from the Patriot League. And I can't imagine any Virginia fans will wonder why the Cavs are still behind Maryland after a head-to-head win and two straight Terps losses.
There were 70 voters, not including one ballot that was discarded due to utter incompetence. The average time spent filling out the ballot was 32 minutes. As Intern Boris notes, "productivity in MD/DC/VA reaching all time lows!!" First-place votes in parentheses.
1. Virginia Tech (47) (14-5) 650
--Tuesday at Miami, Sunday at Georgia Tech.
--I've got a fever, and the only prescription is more Dowdell! (Jamie Paquette)
2. Georgetown (15) (13-5) 597
--Wednesday vs. DePaul, Saturday vs. Cincinnati.
--Preferring a slow tempo, Hoyas don't even use EZ Pass on their successful two-game road trip through New Jersey. (Bill Fitzgerald)
3. George Washington (4) (13-4) 481
--Wednesday vs. St. Joseph's, Saturday at Rhode Island.
--They may be the class of the A-10. Which is sort of like earning Summa Cum Laude from DeVry. (Tim Lemke)
4. Virginia Commonwealth (4) (16-3) 457
--Wednesday at No. 7 George Mason, Saturday at Drexel.
--Virginia's second-best basketball team with 'Virginia' in its name. (Nat Elliott)
--Wednesday vs. Georgia Tech.
--NIT riots just aren't the same. (Jason Anderson)
6. Virginia (11-6) 422
--Wednesday at N.C. State, Sunday at Clemson.
--J.R. Reynolds: the R.J. Reynolds for a new millennium? (Michael Palan)
7. George Mason (11-7) 234
--Wednesday vs. No. 4 VCU, Saturday at James Madison.
--Just 17 wins away from another Final Four! (Ted Gotsch)
8. Old Dominion (12-7) 215
--Wednesday vs. No. 11 William & Mary, Saturday at UNC Wilmington.
--First rule of Sports Bog's MD-DC-VA College Basketball Poll Spectacular is do not talk about Sports Bog's MD-DC-VA College Basketball Poll Spectacular. Second rule is do not lose to James freakin' Madison. (Corey Masisak)
--9. Loyola (11-7) 112
--Wednesday vs. Manhattan, Saturday at Iona.
--The leading candidate to be the next MAAC team that almost upsets someone in the first round of the NCAA tournament. (Eric Swensen)
10. Towson (9-10) 50
--Wednesday vs. Delaware, Saturday vs. Hofstra.
--I spent five minutes doing the rest of this poll and 15 minutes looking for someone to get my 10th place vote. (Nathan Fennessy)
11. William & Mary (10-8) 39
--Wednesday at No. 8 Old Dominion, Saturday vs. Georgia State.
--Either a computer glitch deleted every W&M pithy comment, or everyone unanimously agreed that a ranked team with four straight losses doesn't deserve a pithy comment. (The Editor)
Also receiving votes: Navy 20, American 14, Richmond 12, James Madison 9, VMI 4, Mount St. Mary's 1, Coppin State women 1.
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