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In a game that might have Selection Sunday implications, Local No. 1 Virginia Tech overtimes Local No. 2 Maryland, which is off to its worst ACC start since '92-'93. Tech relies on its experienced guards and its student section, which received free admission in a move that was "pure brilliance." D.J. Strawberry says the Terps have to move on, and the team's road record lately has been atrocious.

Local No. 6 Virginia improves to 10-1 at home thanks to 40 from J.R. Reynolds, who has his best

performance "by far" as a Cav, moving closer to "legend" status. (He made some 3's that were really 4's and earned five post-game calls from his mom.) Local No. 11 Navy loses at Army, and among the unranked masses, Loyola wins at Rider to move into sole possession of first in the MAAC, Jon Pease might have played his best game in Towson's weekend win, UMBC loses at BU, and Norfolk State will play Del State on TV tonight. Plus the Terps women destroy another ACC team and GW wins again.

In Wizland, Songaila could be cleared to practice within two weeks, A.D. is adjusting to decreased minutes, the Wiz are USA Today's team of the week and Gilbert makes the cover of Sexy DC, Tom Knott says all this best-record-in-the-East talk is heady stuff, and let's start the buzz for Wiz-Suns tomorrow night. And if you missed 'em here's last week's AP story on whether Gilbert should be in the MVP conversation (Marc Stein says no), here's Doc Rivers's endorsement of Tough Juice in '07, and here's Scoop Jackson on Gilbert and touching the sky.

Ovechkin could be a Hart Trophy candidate, Lindy Ruff plans to keep Ovechkin and Crosby on the same all-star line and Daniel Briere remains excited about playing with them. And the Potomac Nats are still trying to get a new stadium, an issue that will be discussed at tomorrow's Board of County Supervisors meeting.

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 22, 2007; 9:03 AM ET
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Eddie Jordan coaching the All Stars would be Hi-larious.

Posted by: Unsilent Majority | January 22, 2007 9:53 AM | Report abuse

After the first quarter we'd immediately see LeBron at C and Wade at PF.

Sorry, couldn't resist again.

Posted by: AV | January 22, 2007 10:15 AM | Report abuse

I'm really eagerly awaiting Bill Simmons' next column, because he's got plenty of crow to eat. I was joking with some friends before the game that I'd be fine with the Pats winning if Bill Simmons was immediately fired after the final gun went off.

Posted by: C. Stone | January 22, 2007 10:29 AM | Report abuse

That comment was under the wrong post...

Posted by: C. Stone | January 22, 2007 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Is there a David Dupree Fathead poster available? That's a mighty screen-filling picture he has on his USA Today column...

Posted by: Rob Iola | January 22, 2007 11:04 AM | Report abuse

the world and dc area need a calvin booth fathead

Posted by: CreditZard | January 22, 2007 11:13 AM | Report abuse

There isn't enough wall space in the world...

Posted by: Unsilent Majority | January 22, 2007 11:44 AM | Report abuse

VT students didn't get in for free anyway? At my college all students needed was a student ID. Then again, it was Tulane.

Posted by: jon | January 22, 2007 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Ideas for future blog entries:

1. Fans, what are *you* wearing to the Lakers games? An "Agent 60" t-shirt? A t-shirt that says: "Arenas: Quality Shots at Half the Price!"? Etc., etc.

2. Contest: how many points will Gilbert actually score against the Trailblazers?

3. Come up with amusing yet publishable nicknames for commentators who still want to trade AJ after he won Saturday's game notwithstanding a slight hyperextension.

Posted by: Nancy | January 22, 2007 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Looks to me like the local rankings need an update, stat. UVa's 6th and UMd's 2nd, after the trouncing laid down in Charlottesville last week? Maryland's 1-4 in the conference and is #2 locally? Please.

Posted by: dlc | January 22, 2007 12:37 PM | Report abuse


I'm still on the 'trade AJ' bandwagon. I can't help it. I'll nominate my own derogatory nickname: kids in the neighborhood used to call me Brycie-pooh. I'm still bitter about it. And it's the only printable nickname I think I've ever had.

My only hope for the Lakers game is a repeat of the last performance. And no, I don't mean Gilbert's 60 points in LA. I mean last year's home game, when the Kissing Cam segment featured a lingering shot of two young guys wearing matching Kobe #8 jerseys, shifting uncomfortably while the rest of the crowd breathlessly awaited their passionate kiss. Alas, they were too ashamed to express their true feelings.

Posted by: bryc3 | January 22, 2007 12:52 PM | Report abuse

the rankings are updated weekly, dlc, so what you're looking at is only through games of last weekend (1/14). the new version should be posted later today, so don't get your blazer in a wad.

Posted by: jamie | January 22, 2007 1:08 PM | Report abuse

How pathetic is that VT charges students to go to basketball games? Had I read this earlier today, there would have been pithy comments all about this.

Classless, but not surprising given the source.

Posted by: FS | January 22, 2007 2:19 PM | Report abuse

VT does not charge students for tickets- necessarily. There is a limited number of student seating. Students can purchase season tickets in the lower seats in the student section for 75 dollars. After that remaining seats are given a way in a free student ticket lottery. Students enter the lottery, and are randomly awarded the tickets FREE.

This game was unique because the alumni couldn't make it with the ice storm- so basically Jim Weaver made the whole stadium General Admission with a student ID. You could sit anywhere. The house was packed- and it was crazy loud. All students- like 8000 students, maybe 500 non. An atmosphere you'll never see, with the selling out to donors. The entire stadium stood throughout the whole game. It was a brilliant move.

Posted by: VT | January 22, 2007 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Woah, woah, woah. You mention UMBC's loss, but not American's near defeat of Holy Cross in overtime at Bender Arena?

The game had the largest attendance in school history. Students actually get excited at a chance to beat a team American has consistently been beaten by in heartbreaking fashion.

This may not be one of American's best teams, but at least it has some heart. They came within a three at the end of regulation of finally upending Holy Cross and hit a bunch of key freethrows down the stretch.

Posted by: KC in DC | January 22, 2007 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Nancy, right on.

KC in DC, my habit has been to link to game stories concerning yesterday's games. UMBC might be stinky and not in DC, but they had the advantage of playing yesterday. As did Navy. AU did not. But I heart their heart.

Posted by: Dan Steinberg | January 22, 2007 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Fair enough. Just sad to see the game go unnoticed.

As a giant college basketball fan growing up, it's depressing to go to a school where no one cares about the team, so it was exciting to attend a game people were actually getting into.

One day AU will beat Holy Cross. One day.

Posted by: KC in DC | January 22, 2007 5:47 PM | Report abuse

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