Local Hoops Poll Week 10: Clarity On Top
Playful jabs at particularly enthusiastic Georgetown fans notwithstanding, I think it's pretty clear that the Hoyas are the class of the area, at least as of this writing, which was well before tip-off against West Virginia. (Whether they're the best NCAA tournament team, though, is a different matter. If you're one of those people who picks brackets based on potent veteran backcourts, this area might offer you some other, more appealing choices. But that's an argument for another day.) Anyhow, the near-unanimous Georgetown love makes them the most clear-cut No. 1 in Local Poll history, or, at least, as far as I can remember.
Since this is becoming something of a tradition, here's a quick glance at the polls. In the AP, we have Georgetown at 14th, and then Virginia Tech (27th), Virginia (33rd), VCU (38th) and ODU (one vote).
In the coaches' poll, we have Georgetown at 16th, followed by Virginia Tech (25th), Virginia (29th) and VCU (37th).
Entering tonight's games, the RPI has the same top three as those national polls: Georgetown (26th), Virginia Tech (33rd) and Virginia (34th), in that order. Maryland is 35th and VCU is 44th in RPI; the only other Local top 100 schools are ODU (58th) and GW (88th). Our top seven is identical to the RPI.
So, here are the changes from last week. Virginia and Virginia Tech flip-flop. So do VCU and Maryland. Ditto for GW and Old Dominion. Mason and Loyola maintain their spots at No. 8 and No. 9, despite wretched weeks, and Towson and William & Mary trade places at the bottom. It seems possible to me that some voters have fallen asleep and are just resubmitting the same ballot week after week. Don't worry, the end is near.
We had 73 ballots. One was discarded due to incompetence. A few voters are on the verge of permanent expulsion. (For example, the voter keeps giving a sixth-place vote to 5-18 Richmond. Please, please, stop doing stuff like that.) Average time spent voting was 26 minutes. Well done. First-place votes in parentheses.
1. Georgetown (69) (18-5) 716
--Monday night vs. West Virginia, Saturday at Villanova.
--But will they still be No. 1 at the 200th anniversary? (Dave Richardson)
2. Virginia Tech (2) (17-7) 616
--Tuesday at North Carolina, Sunday at N.C. State.
--The gap between No. 2 and No. 3 is about as far as Blacksburg is from everywhere else in the world. (Jason Anderson)
3. Virginia (1) (16-7) 559
--Tuesday vs. Longwood, Saturday vs. Florida State.
--UVA still hasn't gotten off the bus in Blacksburg. (Scott Jackson)
--Wednesday at N.C. State, Sunday at Clemson.
--Marquee win over Duke gives Maryland a No. 2 seed in Gary Williams' latest bracket projections. (Jon Lauder)
5. Virginia Commonwealth (21-5) 424
--Wednesday at UNC Wilmington, Saturday vs. Bradley.
--Their last three CAA games are against corpses; I'm much more interested in their Bracket Buster game this weekend against Bradley of the Missouri Valley. (Tom Doyle)
6. Old Dominion (19-7) 398
--Tuesday vs. Hofstra, Saturday at Toledo.
--ODU wins at home, splitting season series with VCU in the Antiquated British Imperial Terminology Challenge. (Paul Campbell)
7. George Washington (15-7) 299
--Wednesday at St. Joseph's, Saturday vs. Temple.
--Pops Mensah-Bonsu, Sun Ming Ming, and Mark Warner were at the Xavier game. GW could have used all them on the court. (Andrew Wiseman)
8. George Mason (13-12) 137
--Wednesday at Delaware, Saturday vs. Kent State.
--You know, I'm starting to believe last year's trip to the Final Four may have been a fluke. (Bryce Onaran)
--9. Loyola (14-11) 94
--Wednesday vs. Rider, Saturday at Tennessee State.
--I think the last team that lost to Fairfield twice in one week dissolved their program within hours. (Jamie Paquette)
10. William & Mary (14-11) 91
--Wednesday vs. Drexel, Saturday at Fairfield.
--Well, um, they didn't lose last week. (Eric Swensen)
11. Towson (13-13) 74
--Wednesday vs. James Madison, Saturday at Bucknell.
--Towson runs the same offense for Gary Neal that Bel-Air Prep ran for Will Smith in the early '90s. (Markus Videnieks)
Also receiving votes: Navy 21, American 15, Richmond 8, VMI 8, Hampton 5, Liberty 5, Morgan State 4, Howard 1, Mount St. Mary's 1, Norfolk State 1, Coppin State women 1, J.R. Reynolds 1.
Additional pithy comments coming tomorrow.
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