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Local Poll Week X: Old, Dominion

(Photo by Ellen Ozier - Reuters. Logo and editing by Ian Oland - A11 media.)

'Tis only fitting for James Madison to stick around for the first Inaugural Poll in Atlantic 11 history. What with American and Navy and VMI and Liberty and Jefferson's Virginia and George Mason's George Mason, this is about as patriotic as we can make this thing. Although I'm not sure what exactly is patriotic about red turtles or maroon turkeys. More observations:

1) Seven of the 11 teams are from Virginia, including five of the top seven.

2) Liberty went into VMI and won. No one wins at Cameron Hall. Still, VMI remains ahead of the Flames in the rankings.

3) Quite a schedule of road games this week. Virginia Tech plays at the nation's top-ranked team, and Maryland visits the nation's second-best team, its arch-rival. George Mason, undefeated in the CAA, visits both of the league's one-loss teams. Plus, Navy is at Army, and Georgetown has a dramatic trip to New Jersey.

4) RPI Watch: Georgetown (6th), George Mason (48th), Virginia Tech (52nd), VCU (62nd), Maryland (85th), Virginia (87th), American (91st). Also, Mason wins the best winning percentage prize. Congrats.

Rankings and pith:

1. Georgetown (12-4) 400 (34)
--Next: Thursday vs. West Virginia, Sunday at Seton Hall.
--John Thompson III said the trip to Cameron Indoor Stadium was an excellent learning experience for his young team. Case in point: the team has made great strides since Saturday in both its floor-slapping ability and group hugging at the free-throw line. (Chris Chase)

2. George Mason (14-3) 361 (7)
--Next: Wednesday at Northeastern, Saturday at No. 4 VCU.
--In winning the Father of the Bill of Rights showdown with James Madison, the Patriots secure the Feather Quill Pen trophy yet again. (John Albers)

3. Virginia Tech (12-5) 292
--Next: Wednesday at Wake Forest, Sunday at Miami.
-- Everyone in Blacksburg is busy preparing for this week's game at undefeated Wake Forest, nobody more so than Seth Greenberg's pharmacist. (Max Wasserman)

4. VCU (13-5) 265
--Next: Wednesday at Georgia State, Saturday vs. No. 2 George Mason.
--My how the tables have turned. Looks like Larry Sanders is the sidekick now. (Christopher Ring)

5. Maryland (12-5) 237
--Next: Tuesday vs. No. 10 Virginia, Saturday at Duke.
--That was the least productive trip through Florida since Weekend at Bernie's II. (Markus Videnieks)

6. VMI (14-3) 179
--Next: Wednesday at Radford, Saturday vs. High Point.
--Keydets are giving up 86.2 points per game. And this from an institution that prides itself on training its students for national defense? (Bill Fitzgerald)

7. Liberty (13-6) 131
--Next: Tuesday at High Point, Saturday vs. Radford.
--Patrick Henry to his bookie: "Give me Liberty and lay the points!" (B. Sopchak)

8. American (11-6) 127
--Next: Saturday at Holy Cross.
--Beating Colgate this week, the Eagles give credence to the rumor that they are a bunch of anti-dentites. (Chris Bocquet)

9. Navy (13-5) 84
--Next: Wednesday vs. Holy Cross, Sunday at Army.
--Mark Veazy is getting comparisons to David Robinson. Mostly the ones that say "He's not nearly as good as David Robinson." (Max Wasserman)

10. Virginia (7-7) 70
--Next: Tuesday at No. 5 Maryland, Saturday vs. Florida State.
--After UNC beat Virginia, Tyler Hansbrough was offered the opportunity to star in a new MTV series called "Broughmance," where ACC refs who already show him favor every time he touches the ball compete to become his best friend. (Sean McLernon)

11. James Madison (12-7) 29
--Next: Wednesday vs. Towson, Saturday vs. Hofstra.
--Little know fact: James Madison's first Vice President was George Clinton, a man whose political career flourished despite an insatiable demand for funk. (John Albers)

Also receiving votes: Morgan State 17, Mount St. Mary's 14, Radford 9, UMBC 7, Hampton 6, Old Dominion 5, Richmond 5, Longwood 3, George Washington 2.

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 19, 2009; 4:08 PM ET
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball  
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Not sure what's patriotic about turkeys? Those eagles should consider themselves lucky to be the national bird.

Posted by: sitruc | January 20, 2009 5:49 AM | Report abuse

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