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Local Poll Week IX: JMU Too!


(Photo by Matt Gentry - The Roanoke Times via AP. Logo and editing by Ian Oland - A11 media.)


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.

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 12, 2009; 5:29 PM ET
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball  
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Comments

not sure i get the love for American over Richmond outside of an RPI argument (and all together now: the RPI is a worthless stat - it consistently gets outperformed by other ratings systems in terms of predictive value. can we stop using it please?). American only 4 slots behind Maryland in RPI is a joke. they got crushed by Maryland, lost to GW, Fairfield and Mt. St. Mary's and have beaten exactly no one of note. Richmond's wins aren't exactly scintillating either, but they have played better teams tougher and would be heavily favored over the Eagles (Pomeroy has Richmond at #96 and American at #150 and the Patriot League is ranked 27th out of all 32 conferences).

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | January 12, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Maryland is ranked third and the Morgan State Bears can't crack the top 11?

These voters need to get the hell out, and shut the f*ck up.

Posted by: StetSportsBlog | January 12, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Great to see JMU make the list again. Hopefully Brady is turning this team back into the winner it used to be so many years ago it seems. One minor complaint - get the record right, they are 11-6 (3-2).

Posted by: yesolitis | January 13, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Finally! I thought it was just me and Jamie Mottram voting for JMU week after week.

Posted by: MDG26 | January 13, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Madison, James Madison,...we are the Dukes of JMU!!

Posted by: rc2223 | January 13, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

So how come you only rate the men's teams. We have some might good women's teams in the area also. In fact, the MD women are more fun to watch than the MD men.

Come on...how about some equal coverage.

Posted by: george34 | January 13, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Hey "Dimes". The who beat who and when arguments can go around and around. Let's hope Richmond and AU will actually create a series, but i gather Richmond probably wouldn't go to AU in a home-and-home.

Posted by: Hoops44 | January 16, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

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