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)
--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.
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