VMI? Howard? Go Crazy
Let's change the subject for one second from local disappointment to local bliss. This was without a doubt the craziest weekend in the three-year history of the Atlantic 11, featuring the 27 Division I men's basketball teams in the DMV.
Look at it this way: five BCS-conference teams lost to non-BCS teams in the first weekend of the season. Two of those upsets came at the hands of Atlantic 11 teams, and not just any Atlantic 11 teams. We're talking two of the absolute dregs of the Week 1 poll.
And then, both teams turn around and lose to A11 peers, with Howard falling to Navy and VMI coming up short at Virginia. If Towson is better than Navy and Navy is better than Howard, then at least three of our unranked teams could be competitive in the Pac-10, is how I'm interpreting this.
And that wasn't all. Three ranked mid-majors--No. 5 George Mason, No. 7 Old Dominion and No. 10 George Washington--defeated fellow mid-majors, all by one point, all on the road, two in overtime. The Terps blew out a perpetual mid-major favorite in Bucknell. The Hokies survived an upset bid from last year's upset darling of Gardner-Webb. This was, all in all, a remarkable, remarkable weekend.
Let me quote Bison Coach Gil Jackson. "They stormed the court?" he said. "I have never seen that. They stormed the court at Howard."
Well, sort of, anyhow.
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