Local Hoops Poll Week One: Rumblings Below
Over the weekend college hoops perhaps got short shrift, or possibly even less shrift than that, what with 8,000 football games going on, the Wizards fighting for their playoff lives in week two of the NBA season and the Caps playing for draft position, so here's a quick summary: all the good teams won, many of the bad teams lost, and a few of the mediocre teams had mediocre results.
That being the case, there was very little drama in the Official Week One Atlantic 11 College Hoops Spectacular, featuring all of the Division I teams in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia. The top eight teams remained identical. What drama there was occurred at the bottom: Towson jumped from unranked to ninth, American moved up a spot, and Loyola fell out. The mighty CAA now has four ranked teams.
Georgetown is within two votes of being unanimous; one voter declined to name a first-place team, and another voted Towson first. Towson, indeed, has one of the best wins among our Top 11, and I appreciate the sentiment. Richmond, meantime, has two losses, including one on its home court to another Atlantic 11 team (Norfolk State), and yet remains in the poll. Our voters, you see, are idiots.
The AP ranks em like this: Georgetown, VCU, Virginia, Maryland, George Mason. The coaches rank em like this: Georgetown, VCU, Old Dominion, George Mason, Virginia, Maryland. Bad news when the national pollsters respect our mid-majors more than we do.
Results after the jump:
1. Georgetown (1-0) 669 (65)
--Thursday vs. Michigan.
--Nikita Mescheriakov was suspended 10 games for briefly playing with a pro team in Belarus. The Hoyas will do anything to keep from playing white guys. (Markus Videnieks)
2. Maryland (1-0) 551
--Tonight vs. unranked Hampton, Thursday vs. Northeastern.
--With the first victory out of the way, Gary Williams ensures that his winning percentage will be higher than his team's graduation rate. (Kevin O'Connor)
3. Virginia (1-0) 540
--Wednesday vs. unranked Howard, Saturday at Arizona.
--Beat Vermont to claim title of "Best State School That Starts With 'V.'" Still undecided: Who's more annoying, stuck-up hippies or stuck-up social climbers? (Jamie Paquette)
4. George Mason (1-0) 387
--Tuesday vs. Cleveland State, Saturday vs. Dayton.
--Vermont's loss to Mason was the first by a New England sports team since March. (Harrison Goodman)
5. VCU (1-0) 383
--Thursday vs. Houston in Puerto Rico, Friday and Sunday opponents TBD.
--Upcoming trip to Puerto Rico, combined with D.C. visit in early December, should give Rams plenty of help in Disenfranchised Americans 101 class. (Matt Bonesteel)
6. George Washington (1-0) 326
--Wednesday vs. Boston U.
--Virginia Tech transfer Wynton Witherspoon is mistakenly listed as Wynton Witherpoon on ESPN.com. Do not Google this. (Bill Fitzgerald)
7. Virginia Tech (1-0) 279
--No games this week.
--Nice win over FSU this past weekend. Oh wait, that was in football. Nevermind. (Doug McKinney)
8. Old Dominion (1-0) 183
--Friday vs. Toledo, Sunday at Clemson.
--Whenever they were mentioned in the newspaper, my dad used to say, "Why Old Dominion? Is there a New Dominion?" Then the dog bit him. (Max Wass)
9. Towson (1-0)
--Wednesday vs. Bucknell.
-- It's only a matter of time before The Pat Kennedy Show bumps Washington Post Live from its cushy time slot. (Scott Allen)
10. American (1-0)
--Tuesday at unranked Loyola, Thursday vs. Fairfield, Sunday vs. Stony Brook.
--Could I easily walk to their arena from my home to see a game? Yes. Would I? No. (Matt Bonesteel)
11. Richmond (1-2)
--Tuesday at East Carolina, Saturday vs. unranked UMBC.
--A backcourt violation that gives Norfolk State the ball back just in time to hit the game-winner? The Spiders are finding dramatic ways to lose, I'll give them that. (Paul Campbell)
Also receiving votes: Hampton 33, William & Mary 28, Loyola 21, Norfolk State 18, Morgan State 15, VMI 15, James Madison 14, Navy 13, UMBC 6, Howard 3, Mount St. Mary's 3, Radford 3, Coppin State 2, Md.-Eastern Shore 2, George Washington women 2, Good Counsel football 1, Air Force football 1, Mary Washington women 1.
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