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Poll madness. After dropping six straight to their cross-state rivals, Local No. 7 Virginia takes control in the second half to down Local No. 2 Maryland, which continues its baffling inconsistency. Also, Dave Leitao calls the Terps "a force to be reckoned with," local kid Mamadi Diane

had a career game, the entire Virginia supporting cast had one of its best nights of the season, Virginia controlled the backboards and had its highest ACC point total in six years, James Gist says the Terps aren't in a big slump but more road games await, and a columnist writes of Turtle Soup.

Here's some more savoring from the Local No. 1 Hokies, who are preparing for perhaps the ACC's best player tonight.Local No. 4 GW gets ready for Richmond, which is giving major minutes to a walk-on, Local No. 5 VCU--off to its best-ever CAA start--gets ready to face other league contenders, Local No. 6 ODU has perhaps the "best-looking stats" in the CAA; Local No. 8 George Mason--which is winning with a new lineup--jumps out to a big lead thanks to some inside domination and holds off Local No. 9 William & Mary, which was playing for the sixth time in 14 days. (Also, Coach Jim Larranaga works awfully hard to fill out his Coaches' Poll ballot.) Unranked Towson just completed the toughest stretch of Pat Kennedy's career, Gary Neal and Gerald Brown discuss their history together (which includes Melo and Jai Lewis), unranked Mount St. Mary's is winning league games, UMBC loses its third straight, and Va. Tech's D-coordinator is named the nation's top football assistant.

Antawn Jamison is feeling extra tired because of his busy summer, and Bullets Forever calls for him to get some rest, Tom Knott says the Wiz have an inept bench and no defensive will, the Wiz have their best home record in nearly 30 years, Gil joins a scoring list that includes just Wilt, Kareem and M.J. but Skeets only has his fourth in the MVP race, here's someone else wondering when the double-teams will arrive, and the Arizona student paper asks whether Gil is the best Wildcat of all time. Also, Isiah says the Knicks haven't figured out how to guard Gil and wishes he could hit him in the mouth, Eddie Jordan refuses to give Isiah any ideas, Jared Jeffries--who will spend some time covering Gilbert--offers his advice ("Don't let him get into a rhythm"), and the NY Post posits The Gilbert Rules, Also, Gil links to my blog (well, his friends at NBA.com do, anyhow), and he calls his next 50-point game: Portland, Feb. 11. And the Pistons put up an incredible Gilbert "Agent 0" ad on their Web site. (Thanks again to Gilbertology.)

Chris Snelling signs a one-year deal while the Nats trade numbers with other arbitration-eligible players (including Chad Cordero), and Nick Johnson gets two screws out of his leg.

Brent Johnson finally loses against Ottawa, which is as hot as Washington is cold, and Ovie talks about his accusation that the Sens were laughing at the Caps earlier this year. And there seems to be some sort of dispute about when he'll break out his new visor.

The DCU brass are excited about Emilio, who will score goals and take Esky's old number. This is clearly the best photo of him that will ever be taken. The Skins fire an assistant coach (or, "release" him, as the Web site puts it), and Rick Snider says the Redskins' return to D.C. is inevitable.

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 17, 2007; 10:16 AM ET
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