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UDC men face Pittsburgh-Johnstown in Indy Schools Tourney, Bowie State women play Fayetteville State in CIAA quarters.

Also, if you had to vote right this minute, is the No. 1 Local school Georgetown, Maryland, Old Dominion, Virginia Tech, VCU or Other? VCU has the best winning percentage, Maryland has the best RPI, Georgetown has the best AP ranking, Old Dominion has beaten Georgetown at Georgetown and has the longest Local winning streak, and Tech is 5-1 against Locals (including 3-0-1 against Maryland/ODU/Virginia).

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 26, 2007; 10:24 AM ET
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Don't forget Antonella Barba

Posted by: Unsilent Majority | February 26, 2007 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Virginia (and Virginia Tek) at the top of the ACC.

Posted by: Virginia | February 26, 2007 9:08 AM | Report abuse


Get in touch with Jim Clarke quick. He is an unhappy man.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | February 26, 2007 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Georgetown. Maryland.
American. "What you need
To know" is cryptic.

Posted by: ouij | February 26, 2007 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Maryland! I was there!

Posted by: Jamie Mottram | February 26, 2007 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Virginia Tech and Virginia tied at the top until Thursday. UNC left wondering what went wrong while they still get a 1 seed.

Posted by: sitruc | February 26, 2007 10:43 AM | Report abuse

What? No UVA in there?

Posted by: Ben | February 26, 2007 10:44 AM | Report abuse

So we're really not talking about Anotella?

Posted by: Unsilent Majority | February 26, 2007 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Who doesn't love them some Antonella sitting on a toilet?

Posted by: Blackaces | February 26, 2007 12:55 PM | Report abuse

@blackaces: Rectify errors and rebuild the party, comrade.

Posted by: ouij | February 26, 2007 2:26 PM | Report abuse

What Are "Schools that can't compare to any of the ones in Virginia, both Academically and athletically?" I'll take potpourri for $400, Alex.

Posted by: FS | February 26, 2007 2:56 PM | Report abuse

ooh close FS if georgetown wasn't in their you would've been correct.

Posted by: Peter Keszler | February 26, 2007 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Three cheers for college hoops day on the BOG!


Posted by: littles | February 26, 2007 4:22 PM | Report abuse

What the hell Steinberg? Have you given up on DC United?

Posted by: Dave | February 26, 2007 4:43 PM | Report abuse

In Virginia Academically is a proper noun

Posted by: Moron | February 26, 2007 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Roche said in today's Post he's trying to get Bobby Boswell to be in Water Wars 2. We need Bobby's Mom's reaction.

Posted by: Marc aka MDG | February 26, 2007 6:36 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: WGDC- | February 26, 2007 10:13 PM | Report abuse

hoya starters sans hibbert cannot talk to deshawn today

Posted by: CreditZard | February 27, 2007 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Great live blogging of the NHL trade deadline (a near holiday in Canada) over at TSN:

Posted by: Kim | February 27, 2007 11:04 AM | Report abuse

VT - UVA game is going to be HUGE.
With UNC, UVA, and VT tied atop the ACC at 10-4, and BC at 10-5; This match will really define the top of the ACC.

UNC still have Duke and GT on their plate, so a loss for VT or UVA might not eliminate them from second place. I could see UNC losing at GT and to Duke, meaning the winner of UVA - VT would sit atop the ACC going into the ACC tourney.
BC and UNC still have to play @GT, where they are 5-1 (1-7 on the road). I think GT wins one of those two games for sure, possibly both.

You have to wonder whytf VT lost to NC twice and FS. Wouldn't we be a #1 seed for the Dance if we'd won say...2 of those 3? Making us 12-2 in ACC play...damn!

We might be 5-1 against locals, but we're 6-1 vs UNC, Duke and BC. If we beat UVA, id say we are the best local school.

Posted by: blacksburg homer | February 27, 2007 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Terps, if only because UVA students wear ties to games, Georgetown students dress up like chickens, and Virginia Tech is in, well, Blacksburg.

Posted by: Wiz Fan | February 27, 2007 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Since when did the Washington Post decide to include VCU and ODU as "local schools"? When VCU won this weekend (and, by the way, won the CAA Division) the Post did not even have that story in the Sports section. Both ODU and VCU are very good teams. So far, they have split 1-1 in head-to-head play. I'd put VCU at the top. However, it remains to be seen how they do in the CAA tournament.

Posted by: Matthew | February 27, 2007 11:23 AM | Report abuse

ODU beat Georgetown and JMU beat ODU therefore JMU is #1.

Posted by: Marc aka MDG | February 27, 2007 11:25 AM | Report abuse

No Blacksburg Homer, Tech would still not be a number one seed even if it had won 2 of those 3, primarily because of its mediocre performance against a poor out of conference schedule.

Posted by: Chris | February 27, 2007 11:29 AM | Report abuse

IMHO the Hoyas loss last night doesn't kill them as my No. 1--going on the road to a tough conference opponent (who needed last night's win much more than the Hoyas did) after playing six games in 16 days (three of those games against top 25 teams and the other three conference opponents).

Now if G'town has trouble with UConn Saturday and the Terps handle UNJ-D tomorrow and NCSU Saturday then I reserve the right to revisit this position next Monday morning.

How about a big shout out to the Hoya Men's Lacrosse Team too--#1 this week. And while Towson hoops is getting ready to never see the Top 11 again this year props to the Men's Lacrosse team for winning the snow-delayed season opener yesterday against Loyola.

Dan--let's do a Top 11 poll for Lacrosse when basketball is over.

Posted by: Dave Richardson | February 27, 2007 11:45 AM | Report abuse

I agree with dave. One Big East loss after an 11 game winning streak that culminated in a win over Pitt does not merit a lower local ranking. Syracuse is always going to be a tough conference rival, especially when they needed a big win such as this. The Hoyas still deserve the top spot.

Posted by: Scroot | February 27, 2007 12:00 PM | Report abuse

One Big East lost accounts for everything because the Big East is not the ACC and Syracuse is not UNC. And, for that matter, a win over Pitt at home is no more impressive than beating Florida State by 20.

Posted by: Wiz Fan | February 27, 2007 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Given the fact that Pitt beat Florida St. by 22, I'm not sure why you would say that.

Posted by: Chris | February 27, 2007 12:06 PM | Report abuse

how are we 3-1 against umd/odu/uva when tech has only played (and beat) the terps and cavs once this year? did we secretly have a 1 and 1 with odu that i missed?

Posted by: hmmmmm | February 27, 2007 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Of course after Maryland beats Duke and NCState they'll be 10-6 in the ACC. Which really mixes up the Top 3 when all is said and done.

But, UNC will rebound from the Maryland loss, destroy Duke at the Dean Dome, and handle GT with relative ease as well.

Bottom line: UNC will finish as the ACC Regular Season Champs. UVA is playing horribly.
1. UNC
2. VT
3. UMD
4. BC
5. UVA

Posted by: AlecW81 | February 27, 2007 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and if there was any doubt, Georgia Tech and Florida St will both miss out on the NCAA Tourney barring deep runs into the ACC tourney.

Posted by: AlecW81 | February 27, 2007 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Alec is incorrect, because it is mathematically impossible for UVA to finish lower than 4th (having swept Maryland).

Posted by: Anonymous | February 27, 2007 1:53 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if there's some kind of correlation between that revelation and the fact that I withdrew from my math class yesterday?

Even with that sweep of MD by UVA, the cavs have been dreadful out of conference. Which I know doesn't play a role in the ACC standings ... but it should.

Posted by: AlecW81 | February 27, 2007 1:57 PM | Report abuse

How can I say Pitt's no better the Florida State? Well, let's see. Pitt lost to unranked Louisville by 13. Louisville lost to Dayton by 4. Dayton lost to Charlotte by 21. Charlotte lost to Davidson by 28. Davidson lost to Duke by 28. Duke lost to Florida State by 1. Ergo...

Posted by: Wiz Fan | February 27, 2007 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Alec, how many non-conference games from UVa have you seen? We beat some bum school named Arizona, which is a better non-conference win than any by Maryland. It's funny how for years when UVa kept going undefeated outside the conference, they were blown off by Maryland fans who would say "the only thing that counts is in the ACC." Now that the shoe is on the other foot it's "UVa stunk in non-conference (which isn't even true)."

When comparing UVa and Maryland, there's only 2 scores you need:

Posted by: FS | February 27, 2007 3:01 PM | Report abuse

1. G'town
2. MD/VA Tech.
3. Virginia

Posted by: Anonymous | February 27, 2007 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Man, you can't even keep your claims straight. You never wrote that Pitt was no better than Florida St., just that beating Pitt at home was no more impressive than beating Florida St. by 20, at least make sure that when you pull something out of your ass, you remember what it was.

Posted by: Chris | February 27, 2007 3:02 PM | Report abuse

For the record, I said, "A win over Pitt at home is no more impressive than beating Florida State by 20." And I said, "...Pitt's no better than Florida State." I stand behind both claims, because while the ACC will get 8 or 9 bids, the Big East will be lucky to get half that. That's why I would put the Terps at one, VA Tech at 2 and Georgetown at 3. I guess that means I have to put UVA at 4, but after that Puerto Rico performance, we shouldn't even be talking about them.

Posted by: Wiz Fan | February 27, 2007 3:21 PM | Report abuse

You should just quit making fun of Maryland and ACC fans as I'm sure none of them are as blindly confident in their league compared to others as you are. Almost every bracket prognosticator has the ACC at 6 to 8 bids (with 6 being the most likely), while the Big East is looking at 6 to 8 bids (with 7 being the most likely). Please, tell me, where do you get your information that no more than 4 Big East teams will make the tournament, if they're lucky?

Posted by: Chris | February 27, 2007 3:41 PM | Report abuse

It's all about the RPI, my man. I don't make this stuff up. The ACC has nine schools in the top 50 (UNC, Duke, Maryland, Va Tech, BC, Virginia, Clemson, Florida State and GA Tech). That's nine! As they keep beating each other, their RPIs keep going up. Just like the Missouri Valley Conference last year, the ACC learned how to manipulate the system, and it will reap benefits as team's get chosen for the tourney. A lot of the so-called prognosticators have not learned the NCAA tourney lessons from the last couple of years. You'll see.

Posted by: Wiz Fan | February 27, 2007 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Hilarious how cocky Maryland fans have become. Win a few games in a row and suddenly you're world beaters.

Posted by: KC in DC | February 27, 2007 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Actually, it's not all about RPI, if that were the case, then the Missouri Valley Conference team last year with the highest RPI of the bunch (Missouri St.) would not have missed the tournament. Your pretend ignorance is not very funny.

Posted by: Chris | February 27, 2007 4:53 PM | Report abuse

So that makes you just about the only person in America who believes that the Missouri Valley Conference's RPI increase (from 14 to four in just a couple of seasons, mind you) had nothing to do with the conference placing its highest ever number of teams in the tournament. That's an interesting position. It's also hilariously wrong. With one stroke of the keyboard, you have lost all roundball credibility. Go ahead and call it pretend ignorance (whatever that means...I guess I'll take it as a compliment.) Eight teams from the ACC are getting in. You'll see.

Posted by: Wiz Fan | February 27, 2007 5:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, How many National Championships does UVA have? 0
What about ACC Tournament Championships? 1
Regular Season Championships? 1
Compared to 1-3-3 for the Terps. History is not on your side.

Posted by: AlecW81 | February 27, 2007 6:16 PM | Report abuse

To the selection committee, RPI and SOS are important, but when it comes down to it they look at who the teams played, when and where they played. The ACC may have 9 teams in the top 50 of the RPI, but the ACC is not getting 9 teams in the NCAA tournament. If the right teams make a little run the ACC can get 8. The Big East will probably have just as many with their even more uneven schedule.

I think it's known that I'm a Tech person, but I still have the Hoyas number one for right now. The Terps are hot at the right time, but their overall record does have to be taken into account. For polling purposes I think the top four should be Hoyas, Hokies, Terps, and then the Hoos. The local game of the year could be Thursday now that the game has some importance. Hokies beat UVa and Clemson and they are my number one. Hoos beat the Hokies and Wake and they are my number two. Once again you see that I am taking the season into account.
//glad I hit preview earlier today by accident and didn't post
//App State(a team that scored 9 points in the first half) has become a quality win?

Posted by: sitruc | February 27, 2007 7:14 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't change anything. It just shortens the gap between Georgetown and VT, as far as I'm concerned. Now, if the Hoyas lose their next game, I'd have some thinking to do.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | February 27, 2007 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Sitruc, if your school beat Appalachian State, that's a quality win. If the school you are trying to dismiss, even though they swept you lost to Appalachian state, that's a horrible loss and you should be embarassed.

Posted by: FS | February 27, 2007 11:22 PM | Report abuse

The University of the District of Columbia will honor the 1982 NCAA Division II National Basketball Championship Team on Thursday, March 1, 2007, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the championship game. The University will host former head men's basketball coach Wil Jones and several team members at a pre-game reception and will then honor the team before the 7:00 p.m. game against Columbia Union College in the UDC Physical Activities Center (Building 47) on the University campus.

"We couldn't be more excited during a season of resurgence in our men's basketball program to welcome back our national champions of 25 years ago," says University president, Dr. William L. Pollard. "It's an embodiment of our motto - a new day, a new opportunity. The linkage of past to present is very meaningful and we're expecting the Firebirds of 82-83 to bring luck to the Firebirds of 06-07."

The 1981-82 University of the District of Columbia Firebirds Men's Basketball Team won the 1982 NCAA Division II National Men's Basketball Championship on March 20, 1982, in Springfield, Massachusetts, by defeating Florida Southern University 73-63. The Firebirds were led that night by Earl Jones with 24 points and Michael Britt who pulled down eight rebounds.

The 2006-07 Firebirds are 19-8 for the season, after making a remarkable turn around from a 1-22 season in 2005-06. They return to action on Thursday, March 1, against Columbia Union College after playing in the Independent Schools Tournament in Fort Myers, Florida.

The University also will recognize current UDC athletes who have distinguished themselves as scholar athletes by achieving a grade point average of 3.0 or above for the fall semester 2006. Thirty-seven athletes have earned this recognition and will be introduced during half-time festivities.

Posted by: UDC's 25th Anniversary of Div II Championship | February 28, 2007 9:38 AM | Report abuse

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