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Local Poll Week III: This Thing's Over

(By John Hawkes - Atlantic 11 Media Inc.)

It's Week III, and the third annual Atlantic 11 champion has already been decided. Barring some major meltdown or an unforeseen late-season game with Liberty, Georgetown will once again finish on top of this thing. Not only that, but my specially chosen voters, in their infinite wisdom, chose to rank putrid bog residue Virginia ahead of Liberty, a team that beat the Cavs on their own court. It's enough to make a guy wonder why he's spending his vacation in Miami publishing wry comments about D.C.-area basketball teams. Anyhow, some observations.

1) The above photo was taken by A11 voter John Hawkes during the tip-off of the long-awaited Georgetown-Maryland showdown. Seriously, thanks Gary and Debbie and JTII and JTIII and everyone else. The game tens of thousands of locals have been craving tips off in front of Mr. M.T. Seat and his huge extended family. At least all of you still have your pride.

2) These votes were cast before Virginia Tech lost to Wisconsin, George Mason lost to Liberty and American lost to Mount St. Mary's. In other words, I'm spending my vacation time publishing a completely outdated poll.

3) Georgetown was unanimous. That's been the case in probably half of these. "Boring" doesn't do it justice.

4) Navy? Seriously?

5) Fine by me, because that means this week's A11 will have seen an absurd eight games between ranked teams in the past two weeks. (UMBC-GW, Maryland-Georgetown, Liberty-Virginia, Liberty-George Mason, Mount St. Mary's-American, Georgetown-American, Maryland-George Washington and Navy-Virginia Tech.)

6) I appeared on Jeff Jones's coach's show this morning to discuss the A11. Yup, Jeff Jones has a coach's show. You should all listen to it.

Rankings and pith after the jump.

1. Georgetown (4-1) 850 (85)
--Next: Saturday vs. No. 8 American.
--Having vanquished Maryland in Orlando Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Georgetown now plans to travel to Moose Jaw for next year's tilt with GW. (Laurence Reszetar)

2. Maryland (4-2) 621
--Next: Tomorrow vs. Michigan.
--More up and down than Mike Singletary's pants. (Jake Leffler)

3. George Mason (5-2) 607
--Next: Saturday at Drexel.
--After many years of trying, a local team finally manages to beat the powerhouse that is Ohio. (Max Wass)

4. Virginia Tech (4-3) 515
--Next: Sunday vs. No. 9 Navy.
--Hokies entered last night 38- for 118 from three-point range this season. Who is their shooting coach, Plaxico Burress? (Bill Fitzgerald)

5. VCU (3-3) 436
--Next: Thursday vs. Western Michigan.
--I have a feeling "Maynor Scores 30, Rams Lose" will be an oft-repeated headline this season. (Matt Bonesteel)

6. Virginia (3-2) 307
--Next: Tonight at Minnesota.
--After the loss to Liberty, the Cavs must steel themselves for non-conference road games against Life and the Pursuit of Happiness. (Tim Lemke)

7. George Washington 303
--Next: Sunday vs. at No. 2 Maryland.
--What does not losing to the likes of West Georgia, Binghamton and Boston University get you? A spot in the Atlantic 11, that's what. (Jack Lambert)

8. American (4-3) 268
--Next: Saturday at No. 1 Georgetown.
Building upon its goal to be a "green" university, AU is practicing sustainable scheduling, as its next five opponents are Atlantic 11 foes. (Markus Videnieks)

9. Navy (5-1) 174
--Next: Tonight vs. Texas-San Antonio
--As part of the deal for receiving $3.1B in federal bailout money, BB&T will be required to spot Navy 20 points in Sunday's event. (Jamie Paquette)

10. VMI (4-2) 165
--Next: Tomorrow vs. Winthrop.
--Holding a contest for local sportswriters to create ledes without using the word "key" to describe their fast start. (Jarrett Carter)

11. Liberty (5-1) 136
--Next: Saturday vs. Gardner-Webb.
--If this keeps up, opposing teams might start to consider scheduling death instead of these guys. (Scott Allen)

Also receiving votes: Richmond 61, UMBC 59, James Madison 46, Mount St. Mary's 43, Old Dominion 25, Hampton 18, Towson 10, Loyola 5, Radford 4, William and & Mary 4, Morgan State 2, Howard 1, Longwood 1.

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 2, 2008; 12:16 PM ET
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball  
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"This Thing's Over"..."rank putrid bog residue"..."It's enough to make a guy wonder why"

Angry Dan!

Posted by: Kev29 | December 2, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

See Jerry Falwell? When you're mean to people all the time, people won't respect your college's basketball team. If you were a bit nicer and didn't blame 9/11 on the gays, feminists, and abortion rights activists, then maybe, just maybe, the voters would have placed your Flames above Virginia.

Posted by: MaxWass | December 2, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Seth Curry will lead Liberty to a Sweet 16 game against big brother Steph!

Posted by: fitzfacts | December 2, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

I heard a rumor that both Stephen and Seth Curry are somehow related to former NBA shooting guard Dell Curry. NO WAI!

Someone should do a story about that if it's true.

Posted by: mgv4232 | December 2, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

And their grandfather was the first to mix spices used with vegetables.

Seriously though, Seth looked real good last night-- especially when you consider he's a frosh. I can't believe Davidson passed on him. It better come back to bite them in the rear

Posted by: smperk | December 2, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Dan - I think it's time to consider that some of us might be voting for teams based on their quippability rather than their basketball relevance.

Posted by: eangevine | December 2, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

The Liberty pith is really funny.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | December 3, 2008 6:39 AM | Report abuse

After these past few nights, I've come to the conclusion that no team other than Georgetown is even trying to be in the top five of this poll.

Posted by: evwill | December 3, 2008 8:42 AM | Report abuse

I know for a fact Stephen Curry is Dell Curry's son. I'm pretty sure Seth Curry is his kid too

Posted by: khm8891 | December 3, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

good thing virginia tech did a good job recruiting those kids

Posted by: khm8891 | December 3, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Virginia Tech wasn't going to start Stephen Curry and wanted him to be a walk-on his first year. He would have been behind a few players and he was small at the time. Stephen wanted to play and didn't want to wait. Curry had a freakish growth spurt after getting to Davidson. People knew who he was. He's come a long way since then, but it isn't as though Tech didn't want him as some assume.

Posted by: sitruc | December 4, 2008 12:50 AM | Report abuse

By the end of his freshman year, Stephen Curry was good enough to drop 30 on Maryland the NCAA Tournament. From what I saw in the Liberty-Mason game, Seth Curry seems to be on the same path. Maybe they chose to go where they could play right away, but it's surprising that nobody outside of Tech, Davidson and Liberty made a harder push for Seth.

Posted by: fitzfacts | December 4, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

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