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UMES Shocks Hampton


Endorses UMES for MEAC title. (AP Photo)


In a game with major Atlantic 11 and Potomac Primary implications (Michelle Obama visited UMES on the same day as Hampton), the Eastern Shore Hawks, 3-21 and in last place in the MEAC, somehow beat Local No. 8 Hampton last night. First time in eight years.

Eastern Shore's league record entering the night? 1-8. Hampton's? 7-2.

Virginia's league record entering tonight? 1-8. North Carolina's? 7-2. Plus, Hillary Clinton was recently on campus. Another upset, anyone?

Meanwhile, Dave Leitao seems to be suggesting that he's actually a first-year coach, and Ryan Pettinella is shooting 5-23 from the free-throw line for the year. That's 22 percent. That's not good. That's down from 64 percent as a freshman, 43 percent as a sophomore and 24 percent as a junior. And he says he shot 70 percent in high school. Now he's tossing up air balls. The obvious solution: make him into a slugging outfielder.

Also last night, the second-leading scorer in the country plays 35 minutes and scores 38 despite his team having a 33-point halftime lead. Nicely done, VMI.

Leftover Atlantic 11 pith after the jump.

1. Georgetown

Roy Hibbert being in the running for the Naismith Award is sort of like Father Guido Sarducci being in the running for Pope. (Jamie Paquette)

They were playing their best basketball last March. Unfortunately, that is still true. (Matt Holohan's TurtleWaxing)

Will have home court advantage in City Title game against Gonzaga. (Mike Sewell)

Hoya Paranoia, now piling up with no local institution to vent at since everyone admits they're the best, will now be used for other sports. The Post will get an unheard-of number of complaints when Georgetown football is not acknowledged as the premier force in the area. (Jason Anderson)

Rick Pitino changes from a white suit to a black suit at halftime, and his team goes from losing by eight to winning by eight. After the game, Al Sharpton calls a press conference and demands an apology. (Bill Fitzgerald)

Don't worry, Hoyas: The sight of a resuscitated Colonel Sanders on the sideline would unnerve most visiting teams. (Matt Bonesteel)

Hoyas wish Rick Pitino had kept on the white suit in the second half: It was so much easier for the nice little Catholic school to beat up a team led by a guy who looked like a skeevy televangelist. (Paul Campbell)

The Hoyas, coming from the bastion of preppy couture that is Georgetown, never were able to recover from the sight of Rick Pitino's audacious white suit so long after Labor Day. (Markus Videnieks)

You cannot blame the Hoyas for losing against Louisville, I was just as distracted by Pitino's all white suit as they were. (Chimpanzee Rage)

You can't blame the Hoyas for that loss to Louisville. I mean, who could have expected Rick Pitino to pull the deadly wardrobe change from his coaching bag of tricks? (Sean McLernon)

2. Maryland

Little known fact: Just like Rick Pitino Saturday, Gary Williams wore a white suit during his 600th win versus BC. You just couldn't tell because it was sweat-stained grey by the first media timeout. (Clinton Yates)

The Post is closing its printing plant in College Park, claiming it was the source of pro-Maryland bias in the Sports section. (Jamie Paquette)

When the Terps' dramatic turnaround season is made into a feature film, I've got Dennis Hopper playing Gary Williams, John Leguizamo as Greivis Vasquez, but for Bambale Osby, I keep getting stuck on '70s TV stars. Lawrence Hilton Jacobs? The guy who played Coolidge on the White Shadow? How about a little help here? (Bill Fitzgerald)

Gist & Vasquez working together for the good of mankind, like Simon & Garfunkel. (Chimpanzee Rage)

Terps just hoping they won't draw Ohio as an first round NCAA Tournament opponent. (Sean McLernon)

Dr. Johnny Fever > yellow jersey fever > yellow fever. (Michael Palan)

I guess we're testing this theory that there's a big chasm between Georgetown and No. 2. (Paul Campbell)

3. VCU

The final year of the Anthony Grant era at VCU is proceeding according to plan. (Markus Videnieks)

On opposite day the school would be called Virgina Rarepoor. (Michael Palan)

Just saw that Patch Adams graduated from VCU. Does that mean Robin Williams has an honorary degree? (Jamie Paquette)

Rams win at Georgia State and Delaware, which is about the same as winning at Delaware State and Georgia. (Bill Fitzgerald)

With all of Dan Snyder's obviously infinite wisdom, maybe he can explain the better team: George Mason or VCU? (Sean Perkins)

4. George Mason

Since going 10-for-10 from beyond the arc against JMU, Dre Smith has missed 27 of his last 31 3-point attempts. In other words, he's still the same ol' G, but he's been low key. (Scott Allen)

Following GMU's loss at Old Dominion, Jim Larranaga announces that his team has suspended its campaign for an at-large bid. (Bill Fitzgerald)

Someone should tell Mason that the BCS conferences are leaving the door wide open for at-large bids this year and that losing to inferior teams might therefore be a bad idea. (Jamie Paquette)

I was really hoping this years George Mason would be George Mason. (The Cage=Basketball)

ODU? Come on. Is there relegation in college basketball? (Jason Anderson)

Tough loss to ODU staggers Mason, but this poll has seen worse (i.e. JMU and GW). (Nat Elliott)

5. UMBC

Wonder if this impressive season has anything to do with Money Magazine's 2007 ranking of Catonsville as the 49th best place to live in the USA, and third best in Maryland and Virginia. (Michael Palan)

No longer the only University of Maryland that matters. Still the only team in the America East conference that does. (Scott Allen)

Retrievers are a shoo-in to win the Sporting Group at this week's Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. (Jamie Paquette)

Retrievers beat the Seawolves....I'm originally from Stony Brook and I don't have a clue what a Seawolf is to this day. (Killian the Gael)

Tony Kornheiser went to the UMBC game and saw the Retrievers beat his alma-mater, SUNY-Binghamton. It was a late tip-off for him however (3:30), and he had to leave at halftime to go to bed. (Markus Videnieks)

If the A-11 was a conference, the Retrievers would be in the lead with a 5-0 record. (David Larimer)

How can wins over Stony Brook and Binghamton pull any team anywhere back up close to the leaders of the pack? Sometimes I hate our local teams. (Jason Anderson)

I'm officially on UMBC's bandwagon! But it's a shame, though, since the rusty wagon is pulled by sick and overweight retrievers. (Ian Oland)

6. Virginia Tech

Bobby Knight briefly considered taking on a new Tech job, before realizing that Blacksburg is no Lubbock. (Jamie Paquette)

Apparently the trend over in Virginia is to follow whatever the Cavaliers do. Thus begins a massive losing streak by the Hokies, who are desperate to show everyone that they can both win more and lose more than the Hoos. (Jason Anderson)

They now have an entire week off to prepare emotionally for their impending loss to UNC. (Max Wass)

7. Morgan State

A pre-teen at the time, Todd Bozeman didn't know what an NCAA violation was when Morgan State last won seven straight games. (Scott Allen)

Have you hugged Marquise Kately? (Michael Palan)

If they were Jaye P. Morgan State, then they could give other teams the gong. (Max Wass)

8. Hampton

Anyone who still wants to argue that this team is better than Morgan St. can meet me in the comments. (Jamie Paquette)

Would it be fair to vote the Pirates out just because no one ever has anything pithy to say about them? (David Larimer)

Loss to Delaware State probably not going to help Pirates get that much-sought-after No. 13 seed in NCAA tourney. (Matt Bonesteel)

9. Virginia

In attempt to halt its six-game losing streak, UVa called Longwood to see if they wanted to play again this season. (Sean McLernon)

Gillen-esque results, but without the jokes. (Mike Sewell)

Cavaliers are staring into the abyss, a pit of hopelessness more bitter than the heart of Jim Fassel. (Bill Fitzgerald)

Having had the misfortue to watch Virginia a couple times in the past week, I can't in good conscience vote for them. Good grief. (Hayden Alfano)

Here's a new message for the Cavs message board: 1-8 1-8 1-8 1-8 1-8 1-8 1-8 1-8 1-8 1-8 1-8 1-8. (Paul Campbell)

10. American

First place in the Patriot League! Tenleytown hasn't been this excited since the Red Line was extended to Shady Grove. (Bill Fitzgerald)

Back in the poll and cruising towards the Play-in game in Dayton against a SWAC team to be determined later. (Markus Videnieks)

Are the new favorites for the right to take on Alabama State in Dayton. (Max Wass)

I'm not voting for them out of spite. (Matt Holohan's TurtleWaxing)

They finally beat Holy Cross! And by 16 on the road! The Crusaders must've been observing Phil Mass day. (David Larimer)

At long last, the Cross isn't their boss. (Matt Bonesteel)

Every lady on campus wants to be one of Brian Gilmore's Girls. (Michael Palan)

11. William & Mary

The best worst team in the Bog poll this year! (Chimpanzee Rage)

If they keep losing to teams like Northeastern, their status in the Atlantic 11 will be as shaky as a moderately sober Amy Winehouse was during the Grammys. (Markus Videnieks)

Also receiving pith

Richmond: I have little to say about Richmond, but I will note that Virginia is not in my poll, and that anyone who has left them in should be the subject of next week's poll-related outburst. (Jason Anderson)

Norfolk State: Because Virginia really shouldn't be on anyone's ballot at this point. (Scott Allen)

Old Dominion: Some might say the best 7-6 team in the CAA, although they previously lost to the other 7-6 teams. (Michael Palan)

George Washington:Sadly, a six-win team makes it into the top 10 because they had the best win in the local area by a long-shot. Watching All-American candidate Brian Roberts being guarded by walk-on Johnny Lee says all you need to know about the Colonials this season. (Julian Gompertz)

Radford: Somebody call VH1 - Radford just had their Best Week Ever. (Jamie Paquette)

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 12, 2008; 12:31 PM ET
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Comments

Steinz, the invitation is always open for you to come chronicle the unenergized and rarely clever crowd that is Morgan State basketball fans.

Posted by: ScottVanPeltStyle.com | February 12, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

AU is a 15 seed right now in bracketology. And the PL, as the 17th-ranked league in the league RPI, would not get the play-in.

Posted by: Incredulous | February 12, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

'Have you hugged Marquise Kately?'
was our best entry of the year
we wuz robbed!

Posted by: thigh master | February 12, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

American may be a 15-seed by Joe Lunardi, but according to the Bracket Matrix (http://bracketproject.atspace.com/comparison.htm), most other bracketologists aren't so high on the Eagles. And remember, Morgan State cannot be in the play-in game if Alabama State is there.

Posted by: Max Wass | February 12, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

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