Atlantic 11 Continues to Disintegrate
No Local Poll this week. If you're starved for an update, consider this: since last we polled, No. 2 Virginia has lost (by 38), No. 3 VCU has lost (to James Madison), No. 4 George Mason has lost (to Georgia State), No. 5 James Madison has lost (to Charleston), No. 6 UMBC has lost, No. 7 Old Dominion has lost (to UAB), No. 8 Virginia Tech has lost (to Richmond), No. 9 American has lost, and No. 10 Morgan State has lost. Twice. To Niagara and Denver. That's a lot of losses, to a lot of mediocrity. That also means that, after Georgetown, the hottest team in the Atlantic 11 is....Maryland? Shudder.
To get you right in the Season of Meh, here are a few college links worth perusing. Starting with
* FitzFacts's amazing Atlantic 11 ballot, in limerick form. A personal fave:
For a team that has not ever been
To the Tournament for a quick spin
'08 could be the year
They break into a cheer
I just hope they avoid the play-in
* Concerning Morgan State's loss to Niagara, the school said this: "Morgan State was losing to Niagara by as much as 25 points before launching a furious comeback in the 2nd half that fell short." The Bears lost by 20. Concerning the loss to Denver, the school said this: "Morgan State was losing to Denver by as much as 13 points before launching a furious comeback in the 2nd half only to fall short." That, folks, is a team that needs to work on its furious comebacks.
* James Madison hoops? Good good good. Coach high-fiving fans and grabbing the post-game microphone, beat writers talking of possible CAA titles.
* Longwood hoops? Um, not good.
Due to its lack of an affiliation with any Division 1 conference, the school based in Farmville, Va., which is halfway between Richmond and Roanoke, endures a Washington Generals-like existence, playing the bulk of its games on the road against whatever program needs a one-game schedule filler.
Predictably, such an existence hasn't been very kind to the former females-only institution, which went co-ed in the 1970s (and maintains a 2-1 female-male ratio). The Lancers, who have played in 20 states and the District of Columbia over the past three seasons, fell to 5-63 in their last 68 road games.
* Maryland hoops? Ready for HGTV. The Terps have redecorated their locker room. No name tags? Truly, they are now learning how the other half lives.
* The family members of Terp Josh Wilson and D.C. native Julian Peterson are rooting for the Skins this weekend, despite the fact that Wilson and Peterson happen to play for the Seahawks. And how about Sam Hollenbach, Stephon Heyer and Josh Wilson--the three go-to quotes from the 2006 Terps--all factoring into this game?
* Speaking of Local Boys, Kevin Durant's welcome home party! Tonight!
* Local Poll voter Scott Van Pelt Style points out that Chuck Brown and Go-Go both received a shout-out from Kenny Albert/Daryl Johnston during the Orange Bowl.
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