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Final Final Local Hoops Poll

Well, we didn't have an all-Local Final Four, American didn't win the NIT, George Mason did not become this year's George Mason, and Bowie State didn't win the CIAA, but don't let anyone tell you that this Local Hoops season wasn't a success. We had our fourth Final Four team in seven years, our Locals went 8-7 in the Tourney, we had another breakout win from the CAA, we didn't have a single Local player as unsightly as Joakim Noah, and, most importantly, I scored about 30 free posts off the free labor of my loyal readers.

Some of you might think the Final Poll already came out; that might be because some Post editor ran the pre-tournament poll in the paper under a headline that said "Final Poll." Well, that was a mistake. I wanted to preserve one post-tournament poll, just in case Old Dominion won the national championship and would have thus deserved the Final Poll prize, whose precise nature is yet undetermined. The Monarchs did not, as it turns out, win the national championship, but here is your Final Poll. Sadly, I alerted my voters about this only a few hours before voting deadline, because I'm a bad Poll administrator, so let's hope we got a representative sample out of the 26 hardcore folks who stopped by.

Here are some season summaries; bear in mind our Poll started somewhere around the BB&T time, when Georgetown was a disappointment, GW was blossoming and the American-Navy rivarly was seething hot. And, of course, many thanks to all the voters and to invaluable Intern Boris, who will get a T-shirt, if nothing else.

1. Georgetown (26) (30-7) 260
--Started fifth, spent the last seven weeks at No. 1, and will surely be preseason No. 1 next year.
--Duh. (Tim Jones)
2. Maryland (25-9) 207
--Our initial No. 1 spent a total of four weeks on top before dropping as far as sixth, but rallied thanks to strong guards and BCS bias.
--I can still picture Ekene Ibekwe missing free throws. Will that image ever go away? (Ira Weintraub)
3. Virginia (21-11) 200
--Actually spent two weeks on top before plummeting to seventh. Had more Poll fluctuation than any other Local team.
--If not for J.R. Reynolds' sprained ankle, that would've been Sean Singletary getting blocked at the buzzer by Greg Oden in the Sweet 16. (Eric Swensen)
4. Virginia Commonwealth (28-7) 191
--An anonymous seventh when we started, the Rams made it as high as No. 3 and earned a scattering of No. 1 votes before falling back due to BCS bias.
--Eric Maynor made Greg Paulus his Greg Paulus. (Markus Videnieks)
5. Virginia Tech (22-12) 183
--Started sixth on the heels of a BB&T loss to GW, rose as high as No. 1 for three weeks, then spent the rest of the season jostling with ACC mates.
--Here's hoping that Seth Greenberg has already ordered his maroon blazer to outdo Sidney Lowe at next year's ACC tournament. (Sean McLernon)
6. Old Dominion (24-9) 117
--Started fourth, fell as low as eighth, and occupied every other spot in between.
--Their top recruit coming in next year is a PG from Montreal named Etoile Imama. That should be good for at least 10 weeks of pithy comments. (Markus Videnieks)
7. George Washington (23-9) 107
--Third after the BB&T, the Colonials spent the end of the season flitting back and forth between sixth and seventh before getting crushed by Vandy.
--If these Colonials were fighting for our independence back in the day, 'Cheers' wouldn'ta been a TV show, just another way to say 'thanks.' (Michael Palan)
8. George Mason (18-15) 74
--More remarkable than their Final Four run was the Patriots' No. 8 run; eight consecutive polls to end the year.
--Working on being next year's George Mason. (Dave Richardson)
--9. Loyola (18-13) 31
--After six weeks of being unranked, became a late-season fixture at the bottom for voters who couldn't find anyone else to vote for.
--Jimmy Patsos is waiting to find out which current Terp he can get to transfer up I-95. (Adam Lewis)
10t. American (16-14) 15
--10, 11, 10, 10, 11, 11, etc.
--Jeff Jones offseason goal: find the Lithuanian Greg Oden. Failing that, at least find the Lithuanian Ted Skuchas. (Jamie Paquette)
10t. VMI (14-19)
--More "NR" than any other ranked team in Poll history. And that's why this Poll is a special place; because any team in any of three eligible states, Districts and commonwealths can come out of nowhere to be tied for 10th in an 11-team poll. (Dan Steinberg)
Also receiving votes: Longwood 3, the GW women 3, James Madison 2, William & Mary 2, Liberty 1, Boom Osby's Fro 1.

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 3, 2007; 4:24 PM ET
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I disagree with quite a few(including the also receiving votes), but I am mentally preparing myself for the DC United game so can't argue over the poll right now.

Posted by: sitruc | April 3, 2007 5:40 PM | Report abuse

College hoops is over so here's a poll that now means something--the local high school crew men's first 8s:

1. Gonzaga
2. Bishop O'Connell
3. Thomas Jefferson
4. Mount Vernon
5. McLean
6. Bethesda-Chevy Chase
7. Oakton
8. West Springfield
9. St. Albans
10. Washington-Lee

And women's first 8s:

1. Bethesda-Chevy Chase
2. Visitation
3. Holy Cross
4. Thomas Jefferson
5. Woodson
6. Walter Johnson
7. Bishop O'Connell
8. National Cathedral
9. Washington-Lee
10. Oakton

Pithy comments to follow...

Posted by: Dave Richardson | April 3, 2007 6:04 PM | Report abuse

is it november yet?

Posted by: thighmaster | April 3, 2007 6:15 PM | Report abuse

I can see Mason finish as high as #2 next season. Maybe even #1 depending on what Green and HIbbert do. VCU will be in trouble when Grant leaves Richmond, ODU is average, UMD....who cares., VA Tech, lose everyone, and UVA loses the best two guard punch in the country.

Posted by: Joe | April 4, 2007 1:49 PM | Report abuse

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