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Virginia Loses Some Locker Room Perks

Updating two recent stories....

1) Concerning the widely accepted notion that depriving college basketball kids of certain locker room amenities (i.e. nameplates) is the surest way to success, witness the University of Virginia's newest news story, courtesy of beat writer Adam Kilgore:

After the 108-70 loss at Xavier, Virginia's players are no longer changing into their practice gear in their locker room. Here's what Dave Leitao said this morning:

"I don't know if I look at it in terms of a help. I think we're getting back to basics. When you operate in the manner in which we did, I think it is time to get back to basics and understand from the ground level what you're doing and why you're here. Sometimes, people can take it for granted. Most things in life, not just in basketball but in life, are earned and not given."

Like Mid-Major Player of the Week awards. Those are earned. But not taken. Anyhow, good for Leitao, and I expect at least a four-game win streak. Also, I expect at least one area coach will make his team don hair shirts outside in the snow before this season is over.

2) To say Reader Max has a bit of spare time on his hands is sort of like saying the picture I just took of DeShawn Stevenson in a bath robe was "ok." Anyhow, Reader Max went ahead and created a 24-team loop-de-loss hoops chain, mostly local, which is definitely one of the more impressive things I've seen this week. It's posted after the jump. The conclusion is basically that Maryland is both better and worse than Longwood.

1. Maryland, who beat
2. Delaware, who beat
3. George Mason, who beat
4. Hampton, who beat
5. Howard, who beat
6. Penn, who beat
7. Navy, who beat
8. UMES, who beat
9. Stony Brook, who beat
10. Hofstra, who beat
11. James Madison, who beat
12. VCU, who beat
13. Longwood, who beat
14. Norfolk State, who beat
15. Richmond, who beat
16. VMI, who beat
17. William & Mary, who beat
18. Old Dominion, who beat
19. Virginia Tech, who beat
20. George Washington, who beat
21. Mount St. Mary's, who beat
22. Central Connecticut State, who beat
23. UMBC, who beat
24. American, who beat
1. Maryland

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 10, 2008; 3:04 PM ET
Categories:  College Basketball  
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