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Local Poll Week VIII: If the Keydet Fits

(Photo by Preston Keres - TWP. Logo and editing by Ian Oland - A11 media.)

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of these teams play games tonight, so by the time these rankings appear in tomorrow's paper, they'll be completely outdated.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.

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 5, 2009; 3:37 PM ET
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball  
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I feel like I'm voting the right way, but really falling down on the job when it comes to wise-ass remarks. Which is exactly how I felt during the presidential election.

Posted by: eangevine | January 5, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Don't feel bad. Its pretty much the same dudes every week that make it in the Post. I think the NHL actually edits the pith.

Posted by: WaPoLiveFan16 | January 5, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Is that Elliott Spitzer on the bench behind Sweaty Gary? Hmmm...

Posted by: bubbrubbhoya | January 5, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry about it, EA. I find that the pith writes itself during conference play.

Posted by: StetSportsBlog | January 5, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

How can GW be ranked ahead of Longwood? With double the votes, no less? I think the poll has bigger problems than a lack of pith...

Posted by: Lindemann777 | January 6, 2009 8:45 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: russianthistle | January 6, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

By the way, if you are wondering how GW comes up with its schedule, it is found here:

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.

If you are an AD from any of these schools not on the 08/09 schedule and you want a game, we have open dates.

Posted by: russianthistle | January 6, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

I just want to publicly claim responsibility for UMBC receiving a vote. It had to be done.

neal s

Posted by: neal_s | January 6, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

I keep forgetting about Liberty. damn it!

Posted by: MDG26 | January 6, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm all for the mid-majors being recognized in the A-11, but 4 of Liberty's 10 wins are against non D-I schools.

Posted by: johnja97 | January 6, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

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