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What You Need to Know

Local Poll Carnage, again. Local No. 1 Virginia Tech goes from expected blowout to disappointing loss, as N.C. State gets a much-needed win and Seth Greenberg gets embarrassed and disgusted and apologizes to Tech fans. Local No. 3 VCU finally loses a CAA game to a bizarre Hofstra side that rebounded from its loss to Delaware thanks to Antoine Agudio. In front of an NCAA selection committee member, Local No. 4 GW goes down to Dayton (which remains undefeated at home), as Karl Hobbs swears a lot and gets ejected, and players aren't permitted to speak to the media. (And this is old, but Hobbs thinks GW is a tourney team.) Elsewhere, Local No. 8 George Mason humiliates Delaware with crazy good shooting, and Local No. 10 Towson beats Northeastern to match its win total from last year. Among the unranked masses, William & Mary tops JMU (which has now lost four straight), UMBC gets crushed by Albany, and Richmond appears to be the dregs of the A-10.

The Local No. 2 Hoyas (which has been taking care of the ball) will get another dose of national exposure starting tonight against St. John's, which lost its senior point guard (and Patrick Ewing Jr. gets to play in the Garden). Local No. 5 UVA readies for Duke, a team its seniors have never beaten; a reporter hopes the roof is safely secured, the Cavs will rely on their guards (who are a "rolling ball of butcher knives"), Curtis Staples says the Clemson comeback wasn't Virginia's greatest, Jason Cain enjoys his special moment and Pete Gillen calls Sean Singletary the best point guard in the nation. D.J. Strawberry says he needs to make plays for the No. 6 Terps to have a tourney shot, although those prospects are at a crossroads, the odds seem poor and rebounding remains a problem. (Plus, angry fans dub Gary supporters "Garyannas.") And the Terps women need to prove themselves again and hope to take their anger out on Georgia Tech.

Without Antawn Jamison (who will likely miss "a few weeks") the Wiz were abused by Chris Bosh. Gil changed shoes at halftime, the Raptors relied on love and respect, the Wiz talk about coping without Jamison, Songaila could be back around the all-star game, Jose Calderon channels Gil, what's a "wonky right ankle?", Eddie Jordan's still in the driver's seat to go to Vegas, and Lang Whitaker dubs Gil "The First Blog Superstar" (and kindly mentions the Bog).

Also, hearings are set for the Nats' three remaining arbitration cases, Stan Kasten speaks with fans, and Capitol Punishment translates. And it's that time of year again for Art Monk.

Oh, and as promised Sun Ming Ming is written up in the Baltimore Sun, and by the AP.

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 1, 2007; 9:59 AM ET
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The Sun Ming Ming story was also on NPR:

Posted by: Anonymous | February 1, 2007 10:15 AM | Report abuse

So Dan, have we officially given up on covering hockey?

Posted by: FS | February 1, 2007 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Hasn't the whole country given up on a hockey?

Posted by: Chris | February 1, 2007 11:27 AM | Report abuse

I'm going to be heartbroken if we don't get pithy comments today.

Posted by: AIJ | February 1, 2007 11:40 AM | Report abuse

BTW, I watched a little Wiz-Raps last night, and I'm pretty sure Gil had already changed his shoes in the second quarter -- well before halftime. So much for Canadian journalism... Phil Chenier, on the other hand, was all over Gil's shoe-switch, even providing historical context.

Posted by: SSFSCoWA | February 1, 2007 12:04 PM | Report abuse

And here I thought we were onto something yesterday...stick with the "hi" Bogger!ha!

Posted by: WGDC- | February 1, 2007 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Update -- per wizards blog, Songaila may be back *before* the All Star break.

Hmm, that means Saturday night.

Posted by: Nancy | February 1, 2007 1:17 PM | Report abuse

I think Dan will start covering hockey when they end the strike and get their skates back on.

Posted by: Markus V. | February 1, 2007 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Rank William and Mary in the local hoops poll!

Posted by: Tribe Pride | February 1, 2007 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Chris, the NHL just posted an all-time record for attendance for January. The NHL still has better attendance than the NBA. The only people that think the NHL is dying are the people that have their head so far up ESPN's rear end that they think "Stump the Schaub" is an olympic event.

Posted by: FS | February 1, 2007 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Disliking hockey has nothing to do with liking ESPN. Because I think both of them peaked in the early 90's.

Posted by: Unsilent Majority | February 1, 2007 2:54 PM | Report abuse

So, to have my head up ESPN's rear end, does that mean I actually need cable or to visit Because I'm kind of lacking both.

Posted by: Chris | February 1, 2007 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Sigh, you forgot local number 11 American's loss to Holy Cross yesterday.

Another year, another sweep.

Still, it deserves mention, eh?

Posted by: KC in DC | February 1, 2007 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Hey Dan, somebody called you a 'real' journalist. actually it was 'like a real journalist'...

Posted by: Matt | February 1, 2007 4:17 PM | Report abuse

wooo hoo caron's an all star

Posted by: | February 1, 2007 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Wow...another amazing blow-out orchestrated by Georgetown...they can run with any team in the country, and if aren't number 1 in the next poll, there needs to be a change to the voting format

Posted by: R. Kelly | February 1, 2007 9:25 PM | Report abuse

I hate to be a naysayer, but blowing out St. John's hasn't proven to be as difficult as one might have expected at the beginning of the year...

Posted by: KC in DC | February 1, 2007 10:41 PM | Report abuse

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