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Local Hoops Poll Week Nine: D.C (Generously Defined) Rules

It was a glorious week to be an Atlantic 11 Local Poll Voter and an Atlantic 11 Local Poll Administrator. By my count, ranked teams went 9-1 last weekend, and Towson very nearly made it a perfect 10-0 against a strong Hofstra side. None of the top six teams lost a game last week. Local teams now are in first place in the ACC, A-10, CAA and MAAC, and very nearly in the Big East. Couple this with the Wiz's best record in the East, and we're again living in a basketball golden age, not even counting the new Wiz and Mason unis.

And we're all over the polls, or at least the Also Receiving Votes portions of the polls. In the AP, we have Virginia Tech (16), Georgetown (28), VCU (30), GW (36), Maryland (39) and Virginia (42), giving us a solid 1/7 of the Esteemed Top 42.

In the Coaches', we have Virginia Tech (18), VCU (27), Georgetown (29), GW (39) and Maryland (42), giving us a still-impressive 5/42 of the Esteemed Top 42.

And in the Mid-Atlantic-averse RPI, we have eight Top 100 teams: Virginia Tech (20), Maryland (32), Georgetown (37), VCU (50), Virginia (52), GW (64), Old Dominion (78) and George Mason (100).

Our strong-minded Local Poll voters, you'll note, have charted their own course, mimicking none of the above lists. And they saw fit to demote two teams that didn't lose last week. VCU's wins at Mason and Drexel were enough to push the Rams past GW into the third slot, and Virginia's two road wins pushed the Cavs past Maryland into the fifth slot. ODU reclaimed No. 7 from George Mason, Loyola and Towson didn't move, and American reappeared at No. 11 in favor of flailing William & Mary.

Intern Boris reports that the average time spent on ballots this week was 17 minutes, and also that voters who liked GW a lot seemed to appreciate Georgetown more than G'town voters did GW, if that makes sense. Also, we had 71 voters. Several voters told me this AM that they will no longer be able to vote, so submit your request for voting privileges here.

1. Virginia Tech (49) (16-5) 669
--Wednesday vs. N.C. State, Saturday at Boston College.
--The Hokies on top of the ACC standings? Why, that's almost as likely as Tech being included in a poll of the top Washington, D.C. area teams, even though it's, like, 11 hours away. (Ted Gotsch)
2. Georgetown (13) (15-5) 615
--Thursday at St. John's.
--After seeing Dikembe Mutombo at the State of the Union, I couldn't help but wonder if Roy Hibbert will be there 15 years from now. (Adam Lewis)
3. Virginia Commonwealth (6) (18-3) 517
--Monday night vs. William & Mary, Wednesday at Hofstra, Saturday vs. Georgia State.
--With his 17-point effort against Mason, VCU guard Jamal Shuler is now officially the most prolific Shuler in D.C.- area sports history. (Markus Videnieks)
4. George Washington (3) (15-4) 496
--Wednesday at Dayton, Saturday at Saint Louis.
--Colonials take first place in A-10 with win at Rhode Island. Karl Hobbs praises team bus driver for "overachieving" during quick post-game drive to the airport. (Bill Fitzgerald)
5. Virginia (13-6) 470
--Thursday vs. Duke, Saturday vs. Miami.
--Over/under for Singletary against Greg Paulus on Thursday should be 25. And I'd be inclined to take the over. (Corey Masisak)
6. Maryland (16-5) 414
--Tuesday at Florida State, Saturday at Wake Forest.
--Unfortunately, the winner of the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic doesn't receive an automatic NCAA Tournament bid. (Eric Swensen)
7. Old Dominion (14-7) 243
--Monday night vs. Georgia State, Thursday at Drexel, Saturday at No. 8 George Mason.
--Big win over William & Mary! Nope, couldn't even type it with a straight face. (Jason Anderson)
8. George Mason (12-8) 220
--Monday night at UNC Wilmington, Wednesday vs. Delaware, Saturday vs. No. 7 Old Dominion.
--For the first time in months, fans left the Patriot Center on Friday night completely satisfied. Yup, O.A.R. was that good. (Sean McLernon)
--9. Loyola (12-8) 110
--Monday night vs. Siena, Saturday at Marist.
--In fairness, even the Mamaroneck H.S. JV team won at Iona this year. (Jamie Paquette)
10. Towson (10-11) 53
--Monday night at James Madison, Wednesday vs. Northeastern, Saturday at Drexel.
--Gary Neal: best player in the nation with two first names? (Frank Dale)
11. American (11-10) 40
--Wednesday at Holy Cross, Saturday vs. Lehigh.
--They don't deserve it, but neither does anybody else, quite frankly. And they're my alma mater. (Hayden Alfano)
Also receiving votes: William & Mary 29, James Madison 11, Navy 6, Mount St. Mary's 3, VMI 3, Richmond 2, Hampton 1, Coppin State Women 1, J.R. Reynolds 1, Rory 1.

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 29, 2007; 6:31 PM ET
Categories:  College Basketball  
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Comments

Frank Dale: best voter in the DC area with two first names?

Posted by: thigh master | January 29, 2007 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Can someone list one win that VCU has against the top 50 RPI?

Posted by: Warrick Holdman is Awful | January 29, 2007 7:31 PM | Report abuse

why are people quitting? voter apathy? this isnt political elections people, this is fun!

Posted by: Ed Lee | January 29, 2007 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Coleman Collins best player in DC area with 2 last names.

Posted by: Marc | January 29, 2007 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I used that Coleman Collins line weeks ago, except that I called him Tech's best two last name player since Dell Curry.

And I have no idea whether VCU has a top 50 RPI win, but they have nine road wins, which is as many as Wisconsin and Florida combined. That gets my #1 vote.

Posted by: Bill Fitzgerald | January 29, 2007 9:10 PM | Report abuse

http://www.featurepresentationonline.com/bdtb.html

Posted by: Dampkring | January 30, 2007 2:24 AM | Report abuse

VCU really has the same problem as George Washington, a not so good out-of-conference schedule. In fairness, the Rams have been more dominating inside their own conference. VCU's announced BracketBuster against Bradley should prove a better test.

Posted by: Everett W. | January 30, 2007 7:55 AM | Report abuse

VCU is absolutely the real deal. They're 11-0 in a competitive CAA, they've won 10 in a row and they haven't lost a game on the road yet this year. Perhaps I can squeeze you onto the bandwagon...

Posted by: GTB | January 30, 2007 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Bradley? I wish they would have pulled Southern Illinois, Butler, or Creighton, who all would be a much more credible opponent than Bradley. Bradley is decent, but just not as good as the other teams.

Posted by: Chris | January 30, 2007 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone really think that GW's better than Maryland or Virginia? Let's all be a little honest here. What's a bigger road win, Clemson or URHigh?

To answer above VCU questions... their best win is at Drexel (RPI 55). They also have top 100 wins against Houston (79), UAB (80), ODU (78) and Mason (99 - not for long). No losses against teams outside the top 100 (that's big!). "Best" loss was vs Xavier (41) in the Virgin Islands. A game that they really could have won. If they did, would have had a shot at Villanova, who lost to Drexel, who was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Posted by: Kev | January 30, 2007 9:20 AM | Report abuse

As of this morning VCU's 1-2 against the Top 50 RPI; G'town is 2-4, GW is 1-1, Tech is 4-2, UMD is 3-3, and UVA is 4-5. It's as much who will schedule you as how you play.

I jumped on the VCU Bandwagon after watching them beat my alma mater Towson Tigers on the road in double OT, in what was the Tiger's best performance of the year, IMHO. Then they played with GMU like a cat plays with a mouse before putting them away.

How would they fare in the proverbial "neutral court" against one of the aforementioned teams? I don't know but they've sure shown handled their conference, which is my main criteria right now.

Posted by: Dave Richardson | January 30, 2007 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Hey, I'm going to go and post on the D.C. Bog about how mediocre BCS schools are better than good non-BCS ones. Now, that's insight! Zinger!

Tool!

Posted by: TG | January 30, 2007 10:00 AM | Report abuse

I don't know, Kev, what's a bigger home loss, Miami or nobody since 2005? GW vs. Maryland would be a lot of fun to watch, but the Colonials consistency (record-wise anyway) puts them ahead of the Terps. Both teams have enough talent get to the NCAA and win a game or two.

Posted by: Bill Fitzgerald | January 30, 2007 1:29 PM | Report abuse

i'll also chime in that GW has beaten UMD the last 2 times they played at MCI in the BBT, at which point Gary decided it was no longer in UMD's interest to play local teams.

so GW beat Va Tech this year instead.

Posted by: del taxi | January 30, 2007 3:27 PM | Report abuse

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