Local Poll Week VIII: If the Keydet Fits
VMI is storming up this poll. Even got a first-place vote this week. And the Keydets are now tied for the best winning percentage in the DMV, just ahead of Georgetown. Remarkable.
Almost as remarkable as the fact that GW still pieced together a 13th place finish this week. Bear in mind that many of the people still voting for GW are likely allowed to vote in Presidential elections.
Anyhow, the good news is that seven poll-eligible teams are ranked between 48 and 100 in today's RPI. The bad news is that Georgetown is the only team ranked above 48. The worse news is that eight of these teams play games tonight, so by the time these rankings appear in tomorrow's paper, they'll be completely outdated. On the other hand, no one reads the paper anymore, right?
1. Georgetown (10-2) 662 (63)
--Next: Tonight at Notre Dame, Saturday vs. Providence.
--The Obamas showed up in D.C. on Saturday, which is more than Georgetown can say. (Chris Chase)
2. Maryland (11-2) 603 (3)
--Next: Wednesday vs. Morgan State, Saturday vs. Georgia Tech.
--By beating Charlotte and the Phoenix, the Terps have already outperformed the Wizards. (Max Wasserman)
3. George Mason (9-3) 466
--Next: Tonight vs. Georgia State, Wednesday at Towson, Saturday vs. No. 9 Old Dominion.
--The Patriots' 5 pm tip-off against Georgia State was preceded by a trip to the Old Country Buffet, and followed by a screening of Cocoon, before going to bed and then getting up every half hour to go to the bathroom. (John Albers)
4. Virginia Tech (9-5) 396
--Next: Saturday vs. No. 10 Virginia.
--The Hokies are getting blown out at Cameron again, Maryland is back to pounding American at home....Now if only the economy could return to the status quo of a few years ago, too. (Sean McLernon)
5. VMI (11-2) 369 (1)
--Next: Tonight at Charleston Southern, Saturday vs. Coastal Carolina.
--The frenetic pace of the Keydets is finally beginning to take it's toll, as their scorekeeper is listed as day-to-day with Carpal tunnel syndrome. (John Albers)
6. VCU (8-5) 330
--Next: Tonight vs. UNC Wilmington, Thursday at Drexel, Saturday vs. Hofstra.
--Face the UNCW Seahawks tonight, whose eight-game losing streak indicates that they have clearly confused themselves with the Seattle Seahawks. (Markus Videnieks)
7. Navy (10-4) 201
--Next: Tonight at Elon, Saturday vs. Bucknell.
--The Midshipmen are 5-1 against team's with multi-word names, like William & Mary or St. Francis, meaning I would be pretty worried if I were Holy Cross or Alumni Game. (Jack Lambert)
8. Liberty (10-5) 181
--Next: Tonight at Presbyterian, Saturday vs. Charleston Southern.
--It's Liberty vs. Presbyterian, brought to you by the Book of II Corinthians! (Matt Bonesteel)
9. Old Dominion (8-4) 148
--Next: Tonight at William & Mary, Wednesday vs. James Madison, Saturday at No. 3 George Mason.
--Having taken care of Winston-Salem State, the Monarchs are confident going into their next game at Philip Morris Tech. (Max Wasserman)
10. Virginia (6-5) 143
--Next: Tuesday vs. Brown, Saturday at No. 4 Virginia Tech.
--Joe Lunardi did color commentary for Virginia's game against Xavier, likely marking the only time this year that "UVA" and "bracketology" will be used in the same sentence. (Eric Swensen)
11. American (7-6) 53
--Next: Tonight vs. Columbia, Saturday vs. Lehigh.
--Beats Brown convincingly. The guy in the white board commercials gets bitter. Next up? FedEx and USPS. (Adam Anthony)
Also receiving votes: Richmond 47, George Washington 24, Longwood 12, Mount St. Mary's 11, James Madison 9, Norfolk State 8, Loyola 5, Coppin State 2, Hampton 2, Morgan State 2, Radford 2, Towson 2, UMBC 1, William & Mary 1.
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