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Local Poll Week 11: Super Showdown Week

Forget last week. Last week was blah. This is the week on which coaches careers will be made and seasons defined, providing you're defining your season by how you perform against other schools in a two-state-and-one-district region. The schools in the top six are playing three games against each other this week! And I'm trapped in Arizona, taking pictures of Junior Seau's hat!

After a nice long run, cratering James Madison falls out of the Atlantic 11, replaced by in-again-out-again in-again-out-again Richmond. Virginia, last place in the ACC, also dropped two spots. Barely anything else changed.

The AP ranks 'em like this: Georgetown (6th), VCU (one vote), marking the second week in a row all our non-Georgetown schools combined for one vote. The coaches rank 'em like this: Georgetown (6th). No one else received votes.

The RPI's Top 7 would go like this: Georgetown (9th and still rising), VCU (57th), George Mason (60th), Virginia Tech (70th), Maryland (83rd), Virginia (108th) and Hampton (111th). Not horribly different from us. GW is 215th, seven slots ahead of VMI.

Results and pith after the jump.

1. Georgetown (16-2) 590 (59)
--Wednesday at St. John's, Saturday vs. Seton Hall.
--Rallied to beat the Mountaineers, disappointing all those West Virginians who drove their homes out to see the game. (Max Wass)

2. VCU (15-4) 506
--Tuesday at No. 4 George Mason, Saturday vs. Towson.
--Rams, Patriots to stage reenactment of Super Bowl XXXVI at halftime of their game on Tuesday. (Matt Bonesteel)

3. Maryland (12-8) 413
--Wednesday vs. No. 6 Virginia, Saturday at Georgia Tech.
--Greg Paulus flopped during post-game handshakes. (Scott Allen)

4. George Mason (14-6) 375
--Tuesday vs. No. 2 VCU, Saturday vs. James Madison.
--Vladimir Kuljanin and UNC-Wilmington beat Vlad Moldoveanu and GMU. No word yet on the hypothetical matchup of Vladimir Putin vs. Vlad the Impaler, but I predict Ditka by a field goal. (Paul Campbell)

5. Virginia Tech (12-8) 362
--Tuesday vs. Florida State, Saturday vs. No. 6 Virginia.
--For next game agianst BC, Tech cheer sheet will include instructions to chant "Hall is Better" every time Eagles' John Oates touches the ball. (Jamie Paquette)

6. Virginia (11-7) 258
--Wednesday at No. 3 Maryland, Saturday at No. 5 Virginia Tech.
--The Cavs are on such a bad run that they head into College Park at the risk being mistaken for some minor-conference team playing a guarantee game. At least that's what they're hoping. (David Larimer)

7. UMBC (13-7) 226
--Wednesday vs. Albany, Saturday at Vermont.
--I don't know what's more surprising -- the fact that two talented transfers from JMU are leading a basketball renaissance at UMBC, or the fact that there were, at some point, two talented basketball players at JMU. (Sean McLernon)

8. Hampton (11-6) 198
--Tonight vs. Morgan State, Saturday at Norfolk State.
--Three Bog-eligible HBCUs are have a combined 15-2 conference record and are 1-2-3 in the MEAC. Does Spike Lee have to come down and talk to you guys? (Jarrett Carter)

9. Richmond (10-8) 76
--Wednesday at Rhode Island, Saturday at Charlotte.
--Forward Oumar Sylla is not nearly as intimidating as his cousin, God Sylla. (Markus V)

And a bonus!

--Richmond forward Oumar Sylla is a terror in the lane, but he was twice as effective with his high school teammate, Joe Charybdis. (Bill Fitzgerald)

10. American (11-9) 47
--Wednesday vs. Navy, Saturday at Lafayette.
--After eighth straight loss to Holy Cross, Eagles are looking to schedule different Holy teams next year. Toledo are Crud among the front runners. (Michael Palan)

11. William & Mary (10-9) 44
--Wednesday at James Madison, Saturday vs. UNC Wilmington.
--Contrary to widely held belief, William and Mary's Kaplan Arena is not named for standardized testing guru Stanley Kaplan, but rather Gabe Kaplan, who won the arena in a high-stakes poker game from College President Gene Nichol. (Bill Fitzgerald)

Also receiving votes: James Madison 29, Old Dominion 28, Loyola 27, Morgan State 15, Navy 3, Towson 3, VMI 3, Howard 2, Norfolk State 2, Liberty 1, Mount St. Mary's 1, Maryland women 1, Gonzaga College High School 1, Gregg Williams 1, Dan Snyder's hiring skills 1, Tiger Woods 1, Alex Ovechkin 1, Other 1.

Yes, some voters should probably be disenfranchised, but I just don't have time right now.

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 28, 2008; 8:07 PM ET
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Thanks Dan for finally giving MD some respect.

Posted by: JDP | January 28, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Dan for finally giving MD some respect.

Posted by: JDP | January 28, 2008 09:40 PM

Whaaa? Huh?

Posted by: sitruc | January 29, 2008 2:08 AM | Report abuse

Bill Fitzgerald referring to the classics is quality. I expect an "Our Mutual Friend" reference in the next poll, though.

Posted by: Lindemann | January 29, 2008 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Come on now, Dan...are you sure you couldn't have come up with something better on the Gtown/WVU game?

Your own site says "Views and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. " Well that WV comment is inappropriate and it's embarassing that it's in print as well.

You can't have that kind of double standard and integrity as a journalist at the same time. What if the comment read:
"Stole a game on a goaltending non-call at the buzzer to beat the Mountaineers...good thing we've got a bunch of thugs who are used to getting away with a crime"

See, now it's not so funny, is it?

Posted by: nate | January 29, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

The only reason it is not funny is because it isn't true. The only remotely true statement in your fake statement was "beat the Mountaineers," to be funny, it has to have a bit of truth to it.

Posted by: Chris | January 29, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse


It's humor. If I got my panties all in a bunch every time someone made a joke about Gary Williams, couch-burning, or Maryland pooping the bed (metaphorically speaking) earlier this year, I'd have a perma-wedgie. Besides, the WV joke was the best of the commentz this week.

Now go brush your tooth and chill out a bit.

Posted by: Markus V. | January 29, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Hey Nate,

What's a unique feature in West Virginia Elementary Schools?

Student Parking.

Posted by: Duffman | January 29, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Since its a fair bet that Ewing was the richest guy in the state on Saturday, he should have just gone ahead and bought the governors mansion and ruled over West Virginia. His vetoes would consist of balling up bills and swatting them in the face of the legislature

Posted by: 123 | January 29, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse


WV fans lost all claims to call other teams thugs by throwing bottles and food on their own floor because they were angry. Nor do they have the right to complain about people using a redneck stereotype when they call GU players thugs, etc

Posted by: Anonymous | January 29, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Another Mason loss at Track Coliseum? Say it ain't so (except every dang year when we lose there). Ten out of 11 years, right? Jeez. It's tough waiting for Mason domination.
(Do I have to keep hanging my hat on a Final Four appearance? Oh, okay; that's fine.)

Posted by: Arlington Pimp | January 29, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

In re the Gtown-WVU game: has anyone ever seen state troopers have to work security on a college bball floor in the middle of conference play? Didn't think so.

Lighten up Nate. When WVU fans start behaving with some class, integrity, and sportsmanship, maybe people will lighten up on them, too. No one's saying the whole state is like that. Just people who root for WVU. Mwahahahahaha....

Posted by: coast2coast | January 30, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

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