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Local Hoops Poll Week Four: BB&Terrible


That BB&T thing sure capped off a great Sunday. The D.C.-area teams went 0-3, with Mason falling to an East Carolina side whose only previous wins came against Limestone and North Carolina Wesleyan. Limestone? Off the top of my head, Georgetown, Old Dominion, Morgan State, Hampton and possibly Virginia might be the only Locals that have yet to suffer a disappointing loss in this short season.

The top two spots are nearly unanimous: 68 of 69 voters had Georgetown first, and 54 voters had Virginia second. After that, chaos. Hampton shows up in the poll for the first time. UMBC and James Madison are higher than they've ever been, the former moving ahead of regular ol' Maryland. Four CAA schools from Virginia are ahead of Virginia Tech.

The biggest jump was made by James Madison, from 11th to 7th. A bunch of teams fell two spots: Maryland, Virginia Tech, GW and Morgan State.

The AP ranks 'em like this: Georgetown (5th), Virginia (33rd), George Mason (tied for 37th), George Washington (1 vote). No, seriously, a George Mason team that just lost to East Carolina got 34 AP votes, and a GW team whose best win is home against Boston U. got a vote. Why, AP, why? The coaches rank 'em like this: Georgetown (4th) and Virginia (tied for 29th). Wow this year sucks. It's still quite early to use this word, but there are no Local teams in the Top 20 of RPI. The RPI's Top 5 would go like this: UMBC, Virginia, VCU, George Mason, Morgan State. Georgetown is eighth among Locals.

Results after the jump.

1. Georgetown (5-0) 678 (68)
--Wednesday at Alabama, Sunday vs. Jacksonville.
--Point guard Jonathan Wallace got into Princeton. Unlike the rest of Georgetown's student body. (Markus Videnieks)

2. Virginia (6-1) 586
--Wednesday vs. Syracuse, Friday vs. unranked Longwood.
--Unlike some other rankings, the Bog Poll has a consensus number 1 and 2. (David Storm)

3. George Mason (6-2) 483
--Wednesday vs. No. 11 Hampton, Saturday at Kent State.
--Throttles fellow major Drexel by 47. Think about it, have you ever seen Bill Belichick and Jim Larranaga in the same room? (Chris Olson)

4. VCU (4-3) 408
--Wednesday vs. unranked William & Mary, Saturday vs. unranked Richmond.
--Verizon Center public address announcer on Sunday started to sound like Ben Stein: "VCU basket by Shuler ... Shuler ... Shuler." (Bill Fitzgerald)

5. UMBC (6-1) 403
--Tuesday at Wichita State, Saturday vs. Goucher.
--Few teams are as good in open space with their bishops and rooks than the Retrievers. Oh, this is a basketball poll? (Scott Allen)

6. Maryland (5-3) 385
--Thursday vs. unranked Morgan State, Sunday vs. Boston College.
--Gary Williams will keep playing in the BB&T, but only if his opponent is the third-place team in the DCIAA West. (Matt Bonesteel)

7. James Madison (5-1) 177
--Wednesday vs. unranked Longwood.
--That non-conference schedule won't do much to impress the NIT selection committee. (Sean McLernon)

8. Old Dominion (4-4) 168
--Saturday vs. unranked Md.-Eastern Shore.
--Guard Brian Henderson's "favorite sports personality" is listed as Stuart Scott. So he's the one. (Matt Bonesteel)

9. Virginia Tech (3-3) 151
--Tuesday vs. UNC Greensboro, Sunday vs. No. 10 George Washington.
--Already has more losses than the Hokies football team. Plus, who loses to Penn State in basketball? (Paul Campbell)

10. George Washington (2-3) 110
--Wednesday vs. unranked Md.-Eastern Shore, Sunday at No. 9 Virginia Tech.
--Is GW at 2-3 better than Old Dominion at 4-4? And are both teams better than Morgan State at 4-3? This is how I feel on Election Day every year. (Max Wass) (Tim Lemke)

11. Hampton (4-3) 94
--Wednesday at No. 3 George Mason.
--The MEAC will rise again! Or, I guess, just rise. (Sean McLernon)

Also receiving votes: Morgan State 75, Richmond 11, Loyola 9, Liberty 5, Howard 4, Maryland women 4, VMI 3, Norfolk State 2, Towson 2, American 1, Radford 1, Frederick Community College 1, Mary Washington women 1, Sean Taylor 1.

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 3, 2007; 6:56 PM ET
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Comments

The Mary Washington women are currently ranked #1 in D3. I think they should have a few more votes.

Posted by: Eagles! | December 3, 2007 9:35 PM | Report abuse

as should the JMU women after their decimation of GW last week.

Posted by: jamie | December 3, 2007 10:47 PM | Report abuse

UMBC below VCU? Is this Richmond Spider withdrawal or what?

Posted by: ScottVanPeltStyle.com | December 3, 2007 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Limestone Saints, outta Gaffney, SC -- home of the giant peach water tower!

Posted by: iceberg | December 3, 2007 10:55 PM | Report abuse

1 hoyas
2 cavaliers
3 retrievers
4 patriots
5 rams
6 dukes
7 terps
8 monarchs
9 hokies
10 pirates

Posted by: littles | December 3, 2007 11:21 PM | Report abuse

You should check again. I don't believe I submitted that comment for GW. Unless, of course, it was my evil twin who has the same name as me.

Posted by: Max Wass | December 4, 2007 3:21 AM | Report abuse

who was the person who didn't vote Georgetown #1? why does there always have to be that one guy in ever poll.

Posted by: Ian | December 4, 2007 4:50 AM | Report abuse

Why in the world do people put a second-rate teams from the Big LEAST first??? Sure the Terps are having a few bad games to lead off the season, but teams in the ACC are expected to play some good competition to start of their season, not the line of cupcakes that are brought to big least arenas. Besides gtown was lucky to beat fairfield, and luckier to get odu after they were dog tired from flying all over the country and playing unc (a real team).

Who is not voting gtwon #1?, who is not putting them behind UVA and Mason? What is this poll, 68 loser gtown students and one guy who actually knows basketball?

Posted by: ACC Rules!!!!! | December 4, 2007 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Maryland -- When Vasquez's hoops career fizzles, he's a lock to run the Apple Turnover ride at Kings Dominion.

Maryland -- With defense like that, Heath Shuler and/or Don Shula could have put up 30 too!

Posted by: Adam Anthony | December 4, 2007 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Georgetown - By default.

VCU - Eric Maynor daggers another ACC school. M

Maryland -Terps fans are happy their squad plays in the ACC, not in the CAA.

Virginia - Sean Singletary puts the Virginia Cavalier in Virginia Cavaliers.

George Mason - Looked good in Orlando, not so much in their own backyard.

Old Dominion - Blaine Taylor has a great mustache.

Posted by: Doug McKinney | December 4, 2007 11:17 AM | Report abuse

George Mason - Throttles co-mid major Drexel by 47. Think about it, have you ever seen Bill Belichick and Jim Larranaga in the same room?

Old Dominion - Thanks guys. Really. So now we know you're worse than #1 North Carolina, #5 Georgetown and #6 Louisville but better than Georgia State and Iona. A poll voter's dream.

Morgan State - They beat Maryland @ Comcast on Thursday. Mark it down.

George Washington - 09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0; just to see if Dan will post anything.

Posted by: Chris Olson | December 4, 2007 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Georgetown - Does there even need to be a vote for this one?

Virginia - If walk-on Andy Burns -- he of the red-haired afro fame -- is scoring, things must be going well.

George Mason - At least they made Conference USA look good.

Virginia Commonwealth - Jamal brings dignity back to the Shuler name in these parts with his 30-point performance in Sunday's win.

Maryland - Helping the ACC win the Big Ten Challenge might be the crowning achievement of this year's group of Terrapins.

UMBC - You can cut the UMBClical cord on these guys; they are ready to enter the world of contenders.

Old Dominion - I really don't know which will be an easier upcoming game for ODU: UMES or Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech - Unless VT students can devise some sort of super-skilled, basketball-playing robot, the Hokies look to be pretty well screwed.

Posted by: Sean McLernon | December 4, 2007 11:20 AM | Report abuse

I heard that the GW AP vote was a mistake by a writer who thought that he was voting for Mason. Even that 1 AP vote was a slap in the face for GW (and Mason).

Posted by: Kev | December 4, 2007 11:23 AM | Report abuse

This is the craziest poll ballot I've ever filled out.

Posted by: Ian Oland | December 4, 2007 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Hasn't been this competive since the Jabari Outtz Regime.

Posted by: Nat Elliot | December 4, 2007 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Maryland Baltimore County - I'm in the tank. Also, they were watching a team that ran a whitewash. Just had to make note of this.

Maryland - Gary Williams trying to deal JTIII's recruiting itinerary to find some athletic guards.

George Mason - East Carolina loss makes it hard to vote them higher, despite my natural inclination to support a team whose band is conducted by a 1970s street pimp.

VCU - Offers up the best Shuler in this area, past or present.

Posted by: Josh Frank | December 4, 2007 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Georgetown - All wins and no losses make John a dull boy. All wins and no losses make John a dull boy. All wins and no losses make John a dull boy. All wins and no losses make John a dull boy.

Virginia - Against Northwestern, Mamadi Diane's jumpshot was tastier than Steak Diane.

George Mason - What's worse, losing to a team that couldn't beat Liberty or Richmond or becoming a team's first Division I victory of the season? How about both?

UMBC - Retrievers now 4-0 against Bog Poll opponents, with Hampton the only remaining obstacle to an unblemished record.

Maryland - Bambale Osby asks fans and media to stop calling him "Boom" because he feels that name denigrates his heritage. Henceforth, he'd like to be called "Bam-Bam."

James Madison - JMU's OOC schedule is so soft the Dukes had a moment of silence to honor the death of Mr. Whipple before the Northeastern game.

Morgan State - Bears' Boubacar Coly is the best Boubacar the area has seen since Boubacar Aw roamed the court for Georgetown in the late '90s.

Hampton - Howard lost the basketball game, but, more importantly, who won the drumline competition?

Old Dominion - Nothing like a little dose of Georgia State to cure the "losing against nationally-ranked teams" blues.

Posted by: Bill Fitzgerald | December 4, 2007 11:36 AM | Report abuse

George Mason - Because someone has got to be rated No. 3, right?

Maryland - After latest BB&T loss, Gary Williams asks that Terps be allowed to play Marymount in the event next year.

UMBC - Retriever fever ... catch it!

George Washington - My Colonial Army for a point guard!

Posted by: Ted Gotsch | December 4, 2007 11:37 AM | Report abuse

No individual comments this week, sorry Dan. Instead, a rant. Michael Lewis' column in the New York Times reflects exactly how I've felt recently about college sports and their "student athletes". I watched both Missouri and West Virginia lose Saturday night and couldn't help but get irate. How the hell is the current BCS system allowable?

What sucks is how depressing the answer is: money. How are there no checks and balances? Everything about democracy and fairness and all that jazz we are taught in Civics or American Government is completely thrown out the window when it comes to NCAA D-I football or basketball. This is BIG BUSINESS to the nth degree without a) the employees getting paid for the services rendered, and b) in the case of football- a fair system of achieving a championship. The universities (especially private ones) are making out like bandits. WTF?!

And then came Sunday. I forgot (for a very brief moment) what happened in the Skins loss. Instead, my unsettled mindset from the BCS debacle carried over to the misery that is the BB&T. I have read Feinstein's columns about the reasons why it's no longer either a multiple day event or at the minimum a playoff handled in one day, and again MONEY is the answer. What's being taught to the Auburn team who traveled 750 miles for a tournament they didn't have a chance at actually winning? Basically, the message is to either make ludicrous arrangements to get your butt beat by a giant ACC, BIG 10, or Pac-10 school where at least you are competing in a bracketed format... or learn how to screw as many people possible through economy of sale. Forget studying macroeconomics on the bus ride back, just read up on the BCS and crappy tournaments like the BB&T!

Now my thoughts and rants are pretty disjointed, but the BB&T really put me over the top. I understand that these student-athletes have the opportunities of a lifetime to possibly attain a college... [comment truncated]

Posted by: Sean Perkins | December 4, 2007 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Maryland - I smell a first round NIT battle with GW for second-tier local team supremacy.

GW - I guess losing to a BSC conference school is better than losing to UMBC again.

Posted by: Todd Turner | December 4, 2007 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Georgetown - The Hoyas are currently pulling a "Hawaii." They don't play anybody till the Dec. 22

Virginia - How on earth did they get the Orange to leave the Dome? I live here and they really never leave NY state. PS - Yep its snowing.

UMBC - You play to win the games, and as long as the "Bank" keeps winning they will survive the weekly shuffle.

VCU - It's official, Gary Williams is never playing in the BB&T again.

James Madison - Your namesake would be proud.

George Mason - Get it together, you're suppose to steal the spotlight from every other school not named Virginia, G-Town or UMD.

Maryland - Oh Gary, haven't you learned your lesson by now?!?!?!?

GW - Methinks its time for Hobbs to play some freshman and go back to the true fun and gun.

VMI - Any time you score 150+ points you deserve a sympathy vote.

Posted by: TheCage=Basketball | December 4, 2007 11:46 AM | Report abuse

The power of the Jamie Mottram jinx is strong.

Posted by: Chris Mottram | December 4, 2007 11:50 AM | Report abuse

The A11 is slowly becoming like the BCS, apparently no one wants to win the spot in instead they would rather turn to the pundits to see who belongs there.

Posted by: Danny Everett | December 4, 2007 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Virginia - Should actually go down in the poll for only beating Northwestern by 42.

George Mason -- The Patriots callously went for two over and over in the late stages of their 85-38 win over Drexel.

VCU - Which was worse: the way Maynor and Shuler brutalized the Terps, or the way Gary Thorne butchered almost every player's name during the BB&T broadcast?

Maryland - Sunday night reinforced the theory that "teams who press don't like to be pressed", as well as the theory you're probably SOL if your only good outside shooter can't create his own shot.

UMBC - Uwem Eshietedoho? I hardly even know her!

ODU - They've finally finished their Murderer's Row November and can now move on to the soft underbelly of the Atlantic 11: UMES, Virginia Tech, and Richmond.

Virginia Tech - Next Sunday's game vs. GW is a matchup between two teams that are ranked, but probably shouldn't be.

Hampton - The Pirates arrrrrrggghhhhh back in the poll.

James Madison - JMU forward Dazzmond Thornton hazz bazzketball skilzz and likezz when hizz JMU Dukezz score quality winzz.

Posted by: Markus Videnieks | December 4, 2007 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Maryland - Greivis Vasquez said loss to VCU felt "like I lost a family member." Probably not the best analogy this week.

James Madison- The Dukes came back from 15 down to win on the road this weekend, once again proving that they're this year's team of destiny.

Posted by: John Taylor | December 4, 2007 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Georgetown - Chuck Norris pays for his free throws; Hoyas don't make theirs.

Virginia - Cavs rely on the three more than the Redskins.

George Mason - The ECU football team won more games last season than the Pirates' basketball team, whose previous best win this season came against Limestone. Just saying.

VCU - Rams bolstered their tournament resume with a quality loss to Hampton.

Maryland - Students participating in halftime promotions shoot a higher percentage from beyond the arc than Terps.

Old Dominion - Isn't there a new rule that prohibits a team from playing three consecutive games against teams ranked in the top 10? No? Huh, I guess Joe Gibbs told me wrong.

James Madison - Dukes continue to give Scott Norwood a reason to smile.

Morgan State - There's no shame in losing at UMBC. I just threw up in my mouth a little bit after typing that.

Hampton - Kevin Nickleberry forbade his team from showering in Knicks' locker room following Saturday's win at MSG out of fear that they might contract rare virus colloquially known as "The Stink."

Posted by: Scott Allen | December 4, 2007 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Georgetown - Can we just include Fairfield in the Bog Poll?

Virginia - Congrats, Cavaliers! Despite only having a win over nobody Northwestern this week, everyone around you is too mediocre to mount a challenge!

George Mason - This year's George Mason loses to Party State...er...ECU.

Maryland - Solid win over Illinois is followed up by abject failure against VCU; something tells me I should get used to this being the norm this season.

ODU - Seriously, I still only have root beer jokes: Hoyas made floats out of the Monarchs, who then recovered by taking it out on Mug Tech.

GW - Seriously, I still only have Karl Hobbs jokes: He's mad!!!!!!!!!!!!

VCU - Beat Maryland soundly enough that I considered using the transitive property to allow Hampton (which beat VCU earlier in the week) to leapfrog the Terps.

UMBC - Truegrit shows local teams Morgan State and American who the top dog is. Hahahahahaha.

Virginia Tech - Hokies are considering trying to sneak their football team onto the court under the guise of being the basketball team, including having Frank Beamer coach.

Morgan State - Winner of intense competition as "best of the worst". I may just not have a #10 next week.

Posted by: Jason Anderson | December 4, 2007 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Georgetown - Continues to hold on to #1 by narrowly beating mediocre mid-majors while everyone below them scrambles to see who can choke away their chance at the top spot fastest.

UVA - Beating Northwestern by 42 sounds nice and all, but it isn't really an accomplishment. It's down there on the list with, say, beating Northwestern by 42 in football.

VCU - Beating Duke is nice, but beating UMCP boosts the Rams into a new elite group of NCAA teams: Teams that Gary Williams will hide from scheduling from now until the end of time. Karl Hobbs will be printing up the nametags for the welcome dinner.

UMBC - Two wins over Bog Poll teams this week? If Feinstein(=BUM) wants to make the BB&T relevant, he'll schedule a do-over next week between VCU and the Retrievers.

Maryland - This is why Georgetown doesn't play in the BB&T. Well, that and because then Gary Williams wouldn't have anything to b!tch about, and that's no fun.

George Mason - This is why Georgetown doesn't play in the BB&T. Well, that and because the Hoyas clearly hate children.

George Washington - Lost in the BB&T, but at least they came away from the West Coast with a fashion idea: Just like UCLA making a gold C to celebrate their 100th NCAA championship, the Colonials are going to change the W in their uniforms to gold when they register their first win against a respectable opponent. Expect the commemorative jerseys sometime around 2013.

JMU - Beating Northeastern and beating Eastern Kentucky adds up to a win over, like, Virginia Tech, right?

Posted by: Paul Campbell | December 4, 2007 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Maryland and VCU - I know a stink was raised the last time a local team that beat another was ranked below the team that won the game. But VCU's loss at Hampton by far negates the win over Maryland.

Virginia Tech - I'm sorry, but if you lose to Penn State, no matter where, you get knocked off for a week. Fair or not, Hampton and UMBC had some legit wins this week and they get the benefit of the doubt.

Posted by: J Tannenwald | December 4, 2007 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Georgetown - Maybe JTIII had the right approach in skipping the BB&T Classic as the locals didn't do so well.

GMU - Like in college football, the No. 2 team in the local hoops poll lost this week.

Maryland women - Still better than most of the local men's teams.

Posted by: Rob Yunich | December 4, 2007 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Virginia - Crushed Northwestern in an ACC/Big 10 Challenge matchup determined by schools' U.S. News & World Report rankings.

VCU - CBS announcers will have Hampton to thank this March if they're spared from having to learn how to pronounce the name of VCU's Kirill Pishchalnikov.

UMBC - Would feel better about ranking them higher if their only loss wasn't to Lafayette.

James Madison - This is the last CAA team from Virginia with only one loss? Seriously?

Posted by: Eric Swensen | December 4, 2007 12:01 PM | Report abuse

G'town - Steinberg covering the 'Skins yesterday instead of the BB&T is a little like having to vote for G'town as #1 based on reputation and talent alone. The alternative is much more appealing but less understandable.

UMBC - Could they be the first team to be 3-0 against A-11 competition?

VCU - Gary sweated through his suit mid-way through the first period, Anthony didn't break a sweat until he hit the showers after the game.

GMU - Thought they should be playing East Carolina on a Thursday night.

UVA - Late in the game Northwestern students broke out in the "someday you'll work for us" cheer, 'Hoo faithful only used to hearing that from Dookies.

Hampton - Pirates pillaged Delaware, Norfolk and DC in one week to bring home the booty and a spot in the A-11.

Morgan State - Beating Coppin takes the sting off loss to Retrievers.

JMU - Dukes open conference play in early December with a road win. Note to JTIII, here's how real teams play the game.

UMD - Needed more of the Prince of Darkness's magic against Rams.

Posted by: Dave Richardson | December 4, 2007 12:03 PM | Report abuse

George Mason - Larranaga's team bitten by endemic-like "No. 2-ranked" bug.

Virginia - Cavs' football fans glad it never had to go through anxiety of "second-ranked" jinx, but hoops fans welcome it.

Georgetown - Hoyas nearly brought down by "mainstream" play of Fairfield's Jonathan Han last week.

Georgetown - One of few local teams not to lose at BB&T, which will boost upcoming recruiting efforts.

Maryland - Eric Hayes' play vs. Illinois worthy of 2007-08 "All-Mainstream Team" consideration.

Posted by: Paul Bergeron | December 4, 2007 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Georgetown - Fairfield's coach said Roy Hibbert is "8 feet, 11 inches tall." Why isn't The Post covering this?

Virginia - How did the Cavs get Syracuse to leave Central New York before January? I'd say Boeheim misheard his AD before giving the thumb's up, but no, "Marist" and "Virginia" sound nothing alike.

VCU - Unlike the Big Ten, Rams own the ACC.

George Mason - I thought GW losing to UMBC was bad, but ECU?!?

UMBC - Retrievers 4-0 against Bog Poll competition, 0-1 against No. 1 team in the Easton (Pa.) Express-Times Poll. (That would be Lafayette.)

JMU - James Madison once wrote about the U.S. Constitution, "It ought to be regarded as the work of many heads and many hands." Little did he know, but heads and hands also would be a crucial component of Dukes' basketball success.

GW - Nation's most expensive tuition apparently does not include a point guard.

Richmond - Spiders have yet to crack 70 points, relieving the local Taco Bell owner who proposed "Score 70 and Get 70 Tacos" promotion.

Posted by: Matt Bonesteel | December 4, 2007 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Georgetown - Victory over Fairfield was followed by a giant stag party.

Virgina - ACC/Big Ten Challenge wasn't exactly challenging for the Cavs, especially since they didn't have to face a school in the conference named after a state.

UMBC - Put on the best show at Bender Arena since the Dave Matthews Band played there in 1994.

James Madison - Finishes the season 2-0 vs 'Eastern' teams.

George Mason - The Patriots couldn't get it done from long distance against East Carolina (4-18). Probably cause it's the BB&T Classic, not the AT&T Classic

VCU - VCU, scarier than a VC Andrews novel.

Maryland - Osby's mauling of PA announcer Phil Hochberg was a sign of more bad things to come.

ODU - A win over Georgia State is not as cool as losing three consecutive games to former NCAA Champs (UNC, Louisville and Georgetown).

VTech - Beating a 6-2 team (UNC Ashville) is a good thing any way you slice it, or even if you don't slice it.

Hampton - Forward Matthew Pilgrim praying that an April championship will bring Mayflowers.

Posted by: Thigh Master | December 4, 2007 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Georgetown - Hoyas are more entrenched at #1 than Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin.

Virginia - Sports Bog Local 11 poll yet to provoke debate at The Sabre.com message boards. Might be time to bump them down just to stir things up a bit in Hooville.

George Mason - Point differential for the week was +44, but -12 in the first half against East Carolina. You're not quite good enough to mail it in yet, boys.

JMU - JMU being #4 on my ballot is a little like James Madison being #4 on a list of "Best Presidents."

UMBC - With Retrievers at 6-1, UMBC beat writer for the Arbutus Times now only the 136,732nd worst job in journalism.

VCU - Lost to Hampton, which lost to Maryland. Then went out and beat Maryland thereby making voters' lives extra confusing.

Maryland - Record at BB&T Clasic through 2001: 11-3; since: 2-7. It might be time to close this account, Gary.

Old Dominion - Went 1-1 this week against teams indirectly named for King George II of England.

Morgan State - MEAC up to 29th out 32 conferences; certainly they deserve two top-10 teams, right?

Hampton - Pirates could use a cholesterol check after dining on Blue Hens, Rams and Bison this week. Also, some citrus fruit to ward off scurvy.

Not receiving votes:

Va. Tech - Please stop voting for this team simply because they play in the ACC. They are not good. That is all.

GW - After losses to UCLA and UMBC, GW feeling fortunate to avoid UCSB, UTEP, UAB and UCF.

Mt. St. Mary's - Sadly, despite win over Loyola, 98% of Maryland 3rd graders can not find Emmitsburg on a map.

Longwood - Interesting 3-way battle for #27 ranking brewing between UMES, Radford and Longwood. Maybe they should play in some sort of anti-BB&T.

Posted by: Jamie Paquette | December 4, 2007 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Georgetown - After turning a Starbucks commercial into a chant for Roy Hibbert, at the next game, Hoya fans will begin singing "Any way DaJuan it, that's the way DaNeed it!"

UMBC - I never thought I could like a school that contained the letters "BC", but...

George Mason - East Carolina? How could they lose to a state that doesn't exist?!?

VCU - Apparently, CAA teams can't win against schools who have "Pirates" as their nickname.

Hampton - Hampton won a game in Madison Square Garden. That's more than the Knicks.

Maryland - Even when they don't face GW in the BB&T, they still lose to a local team.

Posted by: Max Wass | December 4, 2007 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Virginia Tech - A loss Penn State in football? Ok. A loss in basketball? Eek.

Virginia Commonwealth - Remember that scene in Goodwill Hunting where the professor puts up the really hard math problem on the chalkboard? Well, VCU is like that math problem. I can't figure out either one.

George Washington - Is GW at 2-3 better than Old Dominion at 4-4? And are both teams better than Morgan State at 4-3? Ugh. This is how I feel on Election Day every year.

VMI - Ok, you're still not good. But I'll give you a spot on the poll for the buck fifty-six you dropped on Columbia Union.

Posted by: Tim Lemke | December 4, 2007 12:10 PM | Report abuse

VCU - Victory over Maryland secures their status as this year's VCU.

GMU- A loss to a team who's only prior wins were against Limestone and NC Wesleyan certainly won't help secure an at-large bid.

Maryland - Does Vegas take bets on whether or not the terrapins drop out of the Local 11 this year?

Posted by: Kevin O'Connor | December 4, 2007 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Georgetown - Had the Hoyas not pulled away in the end, a loss to Fairfield on Saturday would be fitting. D.C. rival, GW, fell just a week earlier to UMBC, their worst loss since losing to none other than Fairfield during the 2003-2004 season.

George Washington - After facing arguably the best team in the country in UCLA, you would think the Colonials would come out firing against a team with a 60-63 record since last making the NCAA tournament in 2003, ranking 8th in the SEC in rebounding last year and 10th in field goal defense. Instead, GW beat themselves with turnovers and are off to their worst start in eight years.

UMBC - Will the real Maryland contender please stand up? Well, Baltimore County is giving a standing ovation while College Park is staying in their seats while once again underperforming at the BB&T Classic.

Posted by: Greg Shapiro | December 4, 2007 12:12 PM | Report abuse

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