Local Poll Week IX: JMU Too!
Boredom from Atlantic 11 voters finally overwhelmed the status quo, as those CAA middle-of-the-packers from Old Dominion were replaced by those CAA middle-of-the-packers from James Madison. Welcome, Dukes. Chips are in the cupboard. Don't stain the rugs.
George Mason jumped past Maryland, whose punishment for losing at home to Morgan State was a third-place ranking. Morgan State, meantime, was rewarded for winning at Maryland by moving up to 12th. Twelfth, of course, being the cruelest number of the Atlantic 11.
In other news, Virginia pops back ahead of the Liberty team it lost to at home, American scores a second-place vote, VMI and its best-in-the-area record lands a record four first-place votes, and two weirdos continue to vote for George Washington.
The top of the Atlantic 11 finally outperformed a standard Madoff portfolio; last week's third-through-seventh ranked teams, as a matter of fact, went a combined 11-0. Line up for your Navy vs. VMI play-in game tickets. Also, I'm not sure I've ever seen closer vote totals at the bottom. My heart skipped.
Top 100 RPI rundown: Georgetown (10th), George Mason (55th), Virginia Tech (57th), VCU (64th), Maryland (72nd), American (76th), Virginia (80th), VMI (87th).
Pith and rankings:
1. Georgetown (11-3) 572 (53)
--Next: Wednesday vs. Syracuse, Saturday at Duke.
--In preparation for Georgetown's trip to Duke on Saturday, reserve forward Julian Vaughn has been playing the role of Kyle Singler in practice. A petulant five-year old has been standing in for Coach K. (Chris Chase)
2. George Mason (12-3) 480 (1)
--Next: Wednesday at William & Mary, Saturday vs. No. 11 James Madison.
--The whole "Patriots triumphing over Monarchs" storyline seems a bit trite after 230 years or so. (John Albers)
3. Maryland (12-3) 443
--Next: Wednesday at Miami, Saturday at Florida State.
--Fans renewing their season-ticket packages for next year will receive limited-edition "Shut the [expletive] Up!" t-shirts autographed by Greivis Vasquez. (Eric Swensen)
4. Virginia Tech (10-5) 371
--Next: Wednesday vs. Richmond, Saturday vs. Boston College.
--In Saturday's victory over Virginia, Malcolm Delaney and A.D. Vassallo combined to score two-thirds' of the Hokies' points, a lack of balance unseen since Charles Barkley's last field test. (Christopher Ring)
5. VMI (13-2) 347 (5)
--Next: Tonight vs. Presbyterian, Saturday vs. No. 9 Liberty.
--The army should deploy the VMI offense to Afghanistan. (Andrew Wiseman)
6. VCU (11-5) 325
--Next: Wednesday at Towson, Saturday vs. Old Dominion.
--Since a team viewing of Frost/Nixon, guard Ed Nixon has become a problem in games, constantly making arguments along the line that it's not a travel when he does it. (Markus Videnieks)
7. Navy (12-4) 197
--Next: Wednesday at Lehigh, Saturday at Lafayette.
--Upon learning that the Mids won their Patriot League opener, President Bush sent the team a "Congratulations, Mission Accomplished!" card. (Bill Fitzgerald)
8. Virginia (7-6) 88
--Next: Thursday vs. North Carolina.
--The struggling Hoos get a breather this week when ACC bottom-feeder North Carolina travels to Charlottesville. (Chris Chase)
9. Liberty (11-6) 78
--Next: Tonight vs. Coastal Carolina, Saturday at No. 5 VMI.
--Cormac McCarthy characters fare better on the road than the Flames. (David Larimer)
10. American (9-6) 77
--Next: Wednesday vs. Bucknell, Saturday at Colgate.
--AU has taken full advantage of the recently passed Patriot League Act by tapping the phones of rival coaches. (Michael Palan)
11. James Madison (
9 11-6) 76
--Next: Wednesday vs. UNC Wilmington, Saturday at No. 2 George Mason.
--Beating William & Mary at their house just sounds wrong. (Max Wasserman)
Also receiving votes: Morgan State 61, Richmond 49, Old Dominion 25, William & Mary 9, Mount St. Mary's 7, George Washington 6, Longwood 5, Hampton 4, Towson 2, UMBC 2, Radford 1.
January 12, 2009; 5:29 PM ET
Categories: Atlantic 11 , College Basketball
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