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Local Hoops Week 16 Pith

Garrison Carr and Derrick Mercer. (By Jonathan Newton - TWP)

Navy has been ignored for far too long this season; non-conference loss at Howard notwithstanding (and hey, nobody wants to play a road game at Burr), the Mids finished a stunning second place in the Patriot League and swept virtually every league honor, with Greg Sprink becoming the first Midshipman to win the league's POY award. He's also the third-leading scorer in Academy history. From a previous story:

Sprink has endured some difficult times at the Naval Academy, struggling with academics and running afoul of authority in Bancroft Hall.

"I'm thankful that I've been given multiple opportunities to continue my career here," he said. "I had a lot of long discussions with Coach Lange and my parents about leaving this place. They all urged me to stick it out and halfway through my junior year I realized this was the career I wanted."

Ok, none of that is particularly amusing. Neither is my story about how American is one of the nation's 25 shortest teams, four of which will win either their league or division. So here's the rest of this week's final dose of regular season pith, after the jump.

1. Georgetown

And God said to the Hoya faithful, "Last-second free throws are just my warm-up. Wait until November." (Jarrett Carter)

It's becoming apparent that they might not be No. 1 if college basketball games were only 39 minutes long. (Glenn Arnold)

Stop the presses!! Roy Hibbert is slowly but surely starting to resemble a Hall of Fame center! Too bad it's Shaq in his mid-forties. (Ian Oland)

I'm having a tough time trying to decide whether Roy Hibbert or Jonathan Wallace deserved the game ball, then I realized Georgetown's real player of the game was Dominic James. (Peter Keszler)

After 11-point comeback at Marquette to win in OT, Hoyas' critics need to remember there are no style points in basketball. After missing two dunks against St. John's, DaJuan Summers could use a reminder too. (Paul Campbell)

Hoyas celebrate overtime win at Marquette by eating shrimp brochette seated at a banquette, listening to Roxette and watching My Beautiful Laundrette. (Bill Fitzgerald)

Hoyas SID Ryan Sakamoto will drop whatever he's doing right now if you offer him a game of half court 3-on-3. I'm serious, go try it. (Jason Anderson)

2. VCU

Local T-shirt vendors are making a killing on recently released "Spread the Commonwealth" themed items. (Jarrett Carter)

Beating William and Mary for a 12th consecutive time reminds us of absolutely nothing. (Sean Perkins)

Someone's got to be the 10 seed that beats Duke in the 2nd round of the tournament this year. (Markus Videnieks)

Rams haven't lost to William and Mary since 2003, something the kids like to call uber-pwnage. (Bills Fitzgerald)

3. Virginia Tech
I'm pretty sure the "who's better: Va Tech or Maryland" question was answered. (Sean Perkins)

Hokies' one-game week provided plenty of time for Dorenzo Hudson to meet with Pepto Bismol representatives about an endorsement deal. (Scott Allen)


Retrievers lose to a Hartford team led by Joe Zeglinski; Zeglinski ... that alone should cost you two spots in the poll. (Bill Fitzgerald)

Not only is Michael Turner a serviceable NFL backup, but he also led Hartford over UMBC. I'm so picking him in my fantasy draft in August. (Matt Bonesteel)

The America East offers wonderful destinations such as Binghamton, NY and bottom-feeders such as Hartford...oh wait... (Joshua Meredith)

5. Maryland

Dear Maryland, I miss you. I'm still upset you abandoned me last year. But I'm willing to forgive you. Please come home. Your Friend, The NIT. (Peter Keszler)

Brian's Song, Schindler's List, The Smiths, and Ryan Adams are all less depressing than the Clemson game was. (Markus Videnieks)

That was like the Mets' 2007 collapse condensed into 11:23, though Gary Williams is a terrible choice to play Willie Randolph. (Jamie Paquette)

Terp fans, I understand what a terrible feeling this must be, seeing a 20-point lead and your NCAA chances disappear in 11 minutes. As consolation, let me just say: HAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Too bad you can't set my schadenfreude in the middle of Route 1 and burn it. (Paul Campbell)

Debbie Yow is excited about the parking fees and concessions for NIT homes games, Gary not so much. (Matt Holohan)

Maryland fans are going to need those couches this week--for therapy. (Glenn Arnold)

After watching nearly every UMD game this year, I can conclude that Boom Osby and James Gist love posting up, facing the basket, and driving the lane. Unfortunately it's generally from twenty feet out and 100% of the time they get called for charges. (Ian Oland)

I think Gary Williams just moved atop the All-Time Maryland list for consecutive NIT appearances. (Clinton Yates)

"Tailspin" vs. Clemson is really Terps' stealth plan for higher seed in NIT. (Tom Hall)

6. George Mason

The use of the Kinks' nostalgic but uninspiring 80's hit "Come Dancing" as the team song does not appear to be having the desired effect. (Jamie Paquette)

7. American

So does Navy now get the Feinstein vote? I figure it works like a boxing title belt, right? (Jason Anderson)

The last time AU kids stormed a floor like this, the Wisconsin Ave. Best Buy just got a new shipment of iPhones. (Jarrett Carter)

I always imagine Mr. Feinstein singing the Team America song "America- F*&# Yeah!" when filling out his ballot. (Sean Perkins)

American, F*** yeah. Snatching away the Patriot League. American, F*** yeah. (Nat Elliott)

Home court advantage for the Patriot League tourney! Everybody: "on the boats and on the planes / they're coming to American / never looking back again / they're coming to American." (Chris Olson)

Basketball fever is rampant on campus, except with the diplomat's children. Their version of March Madness is the UEFA Cup. (Matt Holohan)

Third Patriot League regular-season championship for in seven years. Maybe Jeff Jones is too good for U-Va. now. (Tom Hall)

Guaranteed at least an NIT bid and a chance to lose to the 8th-best team in the Pac-10. (Jamie Paquette)

That NIT bid will soften the blow when they lose to Colgate in the Patriot League final. (Matt Bonesteel)

8. Morgan State

"MEAC" sounds like my cat coughing up a hairball. (Jamie Paquette)

I wish we got Vegas reports on the over/under of years until "Golden Bear" is listed in the urban dictionary. (Sean Perkins)

Clinched the MEAC title in a 39-36 thriller over Delaware State, as the Hornets' 53 yard field goal attempt with :02 left was wide right. (Markus Videnieks)

9. Old Dominion

So bland, they're pith-proof. They need a signature win or a comical nickname or a tragic predilection toward methamphetamines. Something ha-ha like that. (Matt Bonesteel)

I would say that the Monarchs' six-game win streak ended at the hand of the Seahawks, but Seahawks have no hands. Talons, wings? Sure, but no hands. Just ask Matt Hasselbeck. (Bill Fitzgerald)

So when does ODU find the time to play the Soda Tournament? I figure it's underground like the Kumite in Bloodsport, but I still want to attend. I've got IBC Tech - Mello Yello U. in the final. (Jason Anderson)

10. Virginia

In curious case of re-branding, Virginia to replace "Cavaliers" with "is for lovers." (Matt Bonesteel)

Delta airlines has a better on time record than the Wahoos' games. (Matt Holohan)

Guard Mustapha Farrakhan's endorsement for the UVA SGA Presidency was met by a quick "Gee, um thanks, now don't ever speak of this again." (Markus Videnieks)

11. Loyola


Also Receiving Pith

Richmond: Spiders are lurking in the shoes of unsuspecting A10 bubble teams, ready to inflict postseason chances with gangrene and necrosis. This sounded better in my head. (Jamie Paquette)

Liberty: Did anyone else pick up on the irony of Las Vegas totally overrating Jerry Falwell's school in their area rankings? Trying to offset some of that legalized prostitution baggage perhaps? (Jamie Paquette)

Coppin State: An eight-game winning streak means the Eagles shouldn't need a Feinstein Vote of the Week to crack my top 10. But a 4-19 start means that's the only way it's gonna happen. (David Larimer)

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 4, 2008; 1:59 PM ET
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Great Senior Night for Marcus Travis and Deron Washington(22pts, 13rebounds) and good win over Wake Forest 80-58. It's nice to know this team is in control of their own destiny(third, fourth, or fifth).

Too bad the Greenberg down the road wasn't as fortunate.

Posted by: sitruc | March 4, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

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