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Local Poll Week VI: ACC Birthright


(Photo by Sue Ogrocki - AP. Logo and editing by Ian Oland - A11 media.)


Continuing what has been easily the most boring non-conference slate in poll history, here's another version of the Atlantic 11 rankings that is nearly identical to last week's. The top five were unchanged. No. 6 Liberty and No. 7 VMI swapped places. Ditto with No. 8 Navy and No. 9 George Washington. Old Dominion re-entered the rankings at 10th, on the strength of wins over Duquesne and Winthrop, while Virginia, despite another non-conference home loss and a .500 record, clings to No. 11.

So, seriously, what does an ACC team have to do to get kicked out around here? Would a home loss to Hampton do it? Or is .500 from a BCS school always going to outrank 8-3 from a Patriot League school in some of your narrow minds?

Georgetown loses its unanimity out of boredom, with one voter rewarding VMI for its fast start, and another voter promising to punish the Hoyas for their free-throw woes by withholding first-place votes.

Assuming it's not too early to begin http://realtimerpi.com/">looking at RPI (and really, I'm already looking at 2011 RPI), the rundown would go like this: Georgetown (13th), Maryland (20th), George Washington (48th), Virginia Tech (51st), VCU (62nd), George Mason (72nd), American (81st). So GW and American have the biggest gripes, while Liberty, VMI and especially Navy are overvalued. The Las Vegas Sports Consultants have just one Atlantic 11 school in their Top 30 rankings: the Hoyas, at No. 9.

1. Georgetown (8-1) 689 (68)
--Next: Tuesday vs. Florida International.
--The Georgetown School of Foreign Service is offering extra credit to any student who attends Tuesday's game against Florida International University. (Scott Allen)

2. Maryland (7-2) 604
--Next: Tonight vs. American, Saturday vs. Bryant.
--This Christmas Eve, while working late in his office, Gary Williams will be visited by what he believes to be the Ghost of Christmas Past. But it will turn out to just be Nik Caner-Medley working the janitorial night shift at the Comcast Center. (Chris Chase)

3. Virginia Tech (8-4) 449
--Next: Off.
--Won the Aeropostale Holiday Festival Tournament in NYC last weekend. Next year they'll play in the Abercrombie & Fitch Tournament, where all the players have to wax their chests and play shirtless. (Markus Videnieks)

4. George Mason (7-2) 436
--Next: Tonight vs. Tulane.
--Guard Andre Cornelius is NOT the grandson of former Soul Train host Don Cornelius. Forward Vlad Moldoveanu is, though. (Chris Chase)

5. VCU (7-4) 398
--Next: Saturday vs. Hampton.
--If the Rams don't romp through the CAA season, Anthony Grant's job prospects are going to drop from "Virginia is interested" to "GW interviewed Grant, but decided to bring Mike Jarvis back." (Jamie Paquette)

6. VMI (9-2) 293
--Next: Off.
--Was VMI's win over Army Saturday what everyone had been talking about when they said "The South will rise again?" (Christopher Ring)

7. Liberty (7-4) 228
--Next: Tonight at Northern Colorado, Sunday vs. Cincinnati Christian.
--Saint Louis gained the psychological edge over the Flames when Rick Majerus said that he loved Currys and licked his lips. (Max Wass)

8. George Washington (5-2) 224
--Next: Tuesday at Sacramento State, Saturday vs. Vermont.
--The Colonials will travel more than 4,000 miles this week to play some of the worst teams this nation has to offer. (Ted Gotsch)

9. Navy (8-3) 140
--Next: Tonight at Villanova.
--You call it a half-court trap. The Midshipmen call it a blockade.(Sean McLernon)

10. Old Dominion (6-3) 133
--Next: Tonight vs. Maryland-Eastern Shore.
--ODU alum and Cash Cab host Ben Bailey's run at the Improv in February will be premiere of his new one-man show "The Virginia Monologues," featuring all jokes about UVA basketball, all the time. (John Albers)

11. Virginia (4-4) 92
--Next: Tuesday vs. Hampton, Sunday at Georgia Tech.
--Close loss to Auburn reminds Virginia fans that Gary Sweating jokes will probably be the season's highlight. (J. Jones)

Also receiving votes: American 52, Mount St. Mary's 28, Richmond 24, James Madison 10, Loyola 10, William & Mary 6, Towson 5, Coppin State 4, Norfolk State 3, Hampton 1, UMBC 1, Morgan State 1, Radford 1.

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 22, 2008; 3:39 PM ET
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball  
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Comments

I've never heard of Cincinnati Christian -- and I lived in Cincinnati for 6 years. Come on Liberty, you're only hurting yourselves here.

Posted by: Kev29 | December 22, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

No team with a .500 record gets my vote, and non-Division I games don't count (which makes Liberty 4-4 and stuck in limbo with UVa). Va Tech's losses are all close, to BCS conference schools, which gives them the nod for #3 over Mason, who lost to Liberty and Hampton. Pretty easy to make a case for the rest of the Top 10 (GW has beaten no one, but doesn't have a bad loss either, VCU has some good wins and losses, Navy win total is leavened by their losses to Canisius and Towson. Can't wait for the MEAC schools to make their in-conference runs.

Posted by: fitzfacts | December 23, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

"Va Tech's losses are all close, to BCS conference schools"

As a Xavier alum, I wish we had BCS money!

Posted by: Kev29 | December 23, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

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