Local Poll Week 13: Hoyas vs. Terps
As predicted, here come the Terps. They stole 3 first-place votes from Georgetown this week, giving the Hoyas, proportionally, their smallest share of first-place votes since...well, the record-keeper has stepped out, but it's been at least a few weeks. And for the first time this season, Georgetown and Maryland are the top two Atlantic 11-eligible teams according to the RPI. Georgetown's body of work is much, much stronger, and VCU still has that head-to-head win, but one could make a legit argument that no team in this area is playing better than Maryland right now. With luck, this will all culminate in a steel-cage match between the Georgetown cow and the Maryland cow.
In the meantime, the good news is that things are looking up for our area. We've all had our moments of doubt, but as of this writing Local teams are first in the America East, Big East, MEAC, CAA and Patriot Leagues (tied), with Maryland (ACC), Loyola (MAAC) and Liberty (Big South) all no worse than tied for third. At the very least, we should put four teams in the NCAAs, after seven went a year ago.
I should say that some of the votes--fifth-place nods for VMI and Md. Eastern Shore--were obviously mistakes, but on the eve of the Potomac Primary I'm sort of adopting the national attitude towards voting machines: it'll all probably work out ok in the end.
Anyhow, the top two stay the same, VCU leapfrogs Mason, UMBC leapfrogs Va. Tech, Morgan State leaps up, Virginia falls down, American is back in and Richmond is back out. The AP ranks 'em like this: Georgetown (8th), Maryland (2 votes). The coaches rank 'em like this: Georgetown (8th), Maryland (4 votes). Clearly these voters still think the Hoyas are better.
The RPI's Top 7 would go like this: Georgetown (8th and finally stabilized), Maryland (55th), VCU (57th), George Mason (59th), Virginia Tech (81st), UMBC (106th), Hampton (115th). American is up to 130th.
Results and pith after the jump.
1. Georgetown (19-3) 595 (57)
--Tonight vs. Villanova, Saturday at Syracuse.
--My girlfriend says Rick Pitino is cute. Should I leave her, or just wear more white? (Scott Allen)
2. Maryland (16-8) 527 (3)
--Wednesday at Duke, Saturday vs. Florida State.
--Those jerseys are gold, Jerry! Gold! (Max Wass)
3. VCU (18-5) 469
--Wednesday vs. James Madison, Saturday vs. Old Dominion.
--Delaware responded to VCU's win over Blue Hens in Newark by not recognizing Rams' EZPass on bus ride home. (Matt Bonesteel)
4. George Mason (17-7) 392
--Wednesday at Towson, Saturday vs. UNC Wilmington. (fixed)
--Is it me or does Jim Larranaga look exactly like a happy version of Tom Coughlin? (Michael Palan)
5. UMBC (17-7) 337
--Sunday vs. Boston U.
--They have Justin Fry and Jay Greene, now the Retrievers just need to convince Florida restaurateur Stevie Tomatos to join the squad. (Sean McLernon)
6. Virginia Tech (14-10) 294
--Saturday at North Carolina.
--I keep reading that Seth Greenberg got an extension, but I think you have to get more than one if you are trying to get rid of the bald look, Coach. (Bill Fitzgerald)
7. Morgan State (14-8) 172
--Tonight vs. South Carolina State, Saturday at Florida A&M.
--Nobody has swept across the MEAC like this since Clipse put out their last mix-tape. (Markus Videnieks)
8. Hampton (13-8) 103
--Tonight at Md.-Eastern Shore, Saturday vs. South Carolina State.
--Jerry West > Rashad West > Adam West (Bill Fitzgerald)
9. Virginia (11-11) 90
--Tuesday vs. North Carolina, Saturday at Boston College.
--This is probably the last week I'll get to vote for Virginia. It's like saying goodbye to an old friend. I'll probably think of them as being sent to live on a farm in the country, where they'll have plenty of room to run and other dogs to play with. (David Storm)
10. American (14-10) 85
--Wednesday vs. Bucknell, Sunday at Colgate.
--They lead a conference, they won at Maryland, but their greatest triumph this season was keeping George W. Bush from renaming their school "Merica." (Jason Anderson)
11. William & Mary (13-10) 73
--Wednesday at UNC Wilmington, Saturday at Towson.
--Sure, Nathan Mann can score points, but can he rock out on a moog synthesizer and perform sweet-sounding covers of Bruce Springsteen songs? I don't think so. Advantage: Manfred Mann. (Sean McLernon)
Also receiving votes: Old Dominion 50, Richmond 48, Loyola 17, Norfolk State 7, George Washington 6, Md.-Eastern Shore 6, VMI 6, Mount St. Mary's 5, Howard 2, Towson 2, James Madison 1, Christian Gomez 1, Beyonce 1.
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