Local Hoops Poll Week 12: Let's Talk History
Several important historical notes.
1) If you look at the archives, you'll note this poll had two Week Nines. Whoops. Thus, we'll skip over Week 11 and head straight for Week 12.
2) For the first time in this Poll's 12-week history, we have a unanimous No. 1 team. All 62 voters chose Georgetown. Hoya fans will no doubt ask why their team did not gather 63 first-place votes.
3) Georgetown has now been our top team for three consecutive weeks. The previous top-ranked teams (Maryland, weeks 4-6 and Virginia Tech, weeks 7-9) all gave up the ghost after three weeks on top. Be scared, Hoya fans.
4) My historical research also revealed that George Mason has been ranked No. 8 for nine weeks. That's more than any other team has been ranked at the same slot. Fascinating.
5) Poll t-shirts are coming soon. I would buy one for all the voters, except I have to put a kid through college.
Anyhow, here's our glance at the rankings for our six at-large hopefuls. The AP has Georgetown 12th, Virginia 24th, Va. Tech 27th, Maryland 34th, Old Dominion 42nd and VCU 44th, same order as we do. The coaches have Georgetown 12th, Virginia 19th, Va. Tech 27th, Maryland 39th, VCU 44th and Old Dominion MIA. Entering Monday night, the RPI has Georgetown 16th, Maryland 19th, Va. Tech 25th, Virginia 35th, Old Dominion 45th and VCU 57th.
This week's Poll is nearly identical to last week's; Virginia jumped ahead of Va. Tech, and ODU did the same to VCU. We had just 62 ballots this week, presumably due to voters paying homage to Local No. 7 George Washington. As Intern Boris notes, "I know it's a day off, but you can access the internets in bathrooms these days!" Seriously.
1. Georgetown (62) (20-5) 620
--Wednesday at Cincinnati, Saturday vs. Pittsburgh.
--The only thing more certain than the Hoyas being No. 1 is that MJ had money on Dwight Howard not winning the Slam Dunk contest. (Sean Perkins)
2. Virginia (18-7) 510
--Wednesday at Miami, Saturday vs. Georgia Tech.
--Seriously, Longwood? (Andrew Wiseman)
3. Virginia Tech (18-8) 476
--Wednesday vs. Boston College, Saturday vs. Miami.
--Being relatively new to the ACC, Hokies haven't yet learned which North Carolina teams they're supposed to sweep and which teams they're supposed to be swept by. (Eric Swensen)
--Wednesday vs. Florida State, Sunday vs. North Carolina.
--I always believed, Gary! Those NIT jokes were only, uh, motivational tactics. (Jason Anderson)
5. Old Dominion (21-7) 378
--Wednesday vs. No. 11 Towson, Saturday at No. 10 William & Mary.
--Not just a brewery anymore, these guys are a 5-12 upset waiting to happen. (Gavin Weiss)
6. Virginia Commonwealth (22-6) 319
--Wednesday vs. James Madison, Saturday at Georgia State.
--BracketBusted. (Ira Weintraub)
7. George Washington (16-8) 258
--Wednesday vs. Richmond, Saturday at LaSalle.
--Remember when they beat Virginia Tech? Neither will the NCAA tournament selection committee. (Eric Swensen)
8. George Mason (14-13) 124
--Tuesday vs. Georgia State, Saturday at Northeastern.
--Looks like LSU is making it a two-team race for the title of "Worst follow-up to the 2006 Final Four." (Jamie Paquette)
--9. Loyola (16-11) 115
--Friday at Niagara, Sunday at Canisius.
--This is the part of the poll where we see who lost by less to Fairfield. (Sean Perkins)
10. William & Mary (15-12) 65
--Wednesday at Drexel, Saturday vs. No. 5 Old Dominion.
--Four words for ya: Lost. To. Fair. Field. (Glenn Arnold)
11. Towson (14-14) 46
--Wednesday at No. 5 Old Dominion, Saturday vs. Drexel.
--Upcoming week could be the toughest for Towson athletics since Sean Landetta last came out of retirement. (Dave Richardson)
Also receiving votes: American 13, Navy 11, George Washington women 3, Coppin State women 2, Hampton 2, Mount St. Mary's 1, UMBC 1, Richmond 0 (huzzah).
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