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Local Poll Week XI: Change is Here

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

Last time Georgetown wasn't on top of the Atlantic 11? Try Jan. 29, 2007. It's been almost two full years of stagnation, but now, finally, change has arrived.

Which upstarts have finally dethroned the Hoyas? Try the Virginia Tech Hokies, who coincidentally were the last team other than Georgetown to hold the top spot.

And what was the witty comment applied to the Hokies in that long-ago week? Might as well quote it, since it still very nearly applies:

The Hokies on top of the ACC standings? Why, that's almost as likely as Tech being included in a poll of the top Washington, D.C. area teams, even though it's, like, 11 hours away. (Ted Gotsch)

Har. The rest of the rankings could certainly be debated, including Georgetown remaining ahead of VCU, VMI hopping ahead of Maryland, Liberty remaining ahead of Radford, and Virginia still being included with a 7-9 record, which I believe is the worst-ever for a ranked team. No standards any more.

RPI Watch: Georgetown (13th), Virginia Tech (32nd), George Mason (53rd), VCU (55th), Maryland (67th). Virginia and American fall out of the Top 100, and VMI claims the best winning percentage prize that Mason so readily forfeited. Congrats.

Rankings and pith:

1. Virginia Tech (14-5) 728 (42)
--Next: Thursday vs. Clemson, Saturday at Boston College.
--After winning two games on the road, Seth Greenberg is feeling validated about his decision not to recruit the chemistry-disrupting Curry brothers. (Tim Hanson)

2. Georgetown (12-6) 670 (24)
--Next: Wednesday at Cincinnati, Saturday at Marquette.
--Nothing says Big East basketball like away games in Ohio and Wisconsin. (Markus Videnieks)

3. VCU (15-5) 653 (10)
--Next: Tuesday vs. Northeastern, Saturday at Hofstra.
--At VCU, games of "HORSE" replaced with games of "PISHCHALNIKOV." Academics suffer campus wide. (John Albers)

4. George Mason (14-5) 559 (3)
--Next: Tuesday vs. Delaware, Saturday at Old Dominion.
--Mason's John Vaughan ruled himself out of Saturday's game after mistakenly believing that the Duke-Maryland score he saw scroll across the screen earlier in the day was a hallucination and a lingering effect of his concussion. (Scott Allen)

5. VMI (16-3) 415
--Next: Thursday vs. Southern Virginia.
--Chavis and Travis Holmes became the all time leading scorers in D-1 basketball among twins. To be fair though, Mary-Kate sucked if you moved her out of the low post. (Jack Lambert)

6. Maryland (13-6) 365
--Next: Tuesday vs. Boston College, Saturday vs. Miami.
--It's going to be tough to pin that one on the officiating. (John Albers)

7. Liberty (14-7) 222
--Next: Tuesday vs. High Point, Saturday vs. UNC Asheville.
--Yes, I have three Big South teams in my top 10. Yes, I've been drinking. Mind your own business. (Matt Bonesteel)

8. American (11-7) 213
--Next: Wednesday at No. 9 Navy, Saturday vs. Lafayette.
--Holy Cross's victory over American proved, after hundreds of years of struggle and debate, that church is indeed better than state. (Christopher Ring)

9. Navy (14-6) 129
--Next: Wednesday vs. No. 8 American, Saturday at Colgate.
--You can only bully the Army football team for so long before the basketball team starts fighting back. (Scott Allen)

10. Virginia (7-9) 79
--Next: Sunday at Duke.
--Sixteen points in the first half against Florida State was the worst start to a performance since President Obama and Chief Justice Roberts tried reciting the inaugural oath. (Jake Leffler)

11. Morgan State (10-9) 69
--Next: Tonight vs. Hampton, Saturday at Md.-Eastern Shore.
--Win over Maryland starting to hurt Morgan State's RPI. (Eric Swensen)

Also receiving votes: James Madison 63, Richmond 61, Mount St. Mary's 35, Radford 25, UMBC 13, Old Dominion 9, Norfolk State 9, Loyola 7, Longwood 2, George Washington 2, Coppin State 1.

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 26, 2009; 4:07 PM ET
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball , Terps  
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"Oh whoa, I can't wait to see the knee-jerk reaction of pollsters and like such as when Maryland beats UNC. Haha!" - Collin Balester.

Posted by: WaPoLiveFan16 | January 26, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Finally, the voters have looked beyond the RPI of a team's schedule and judged it on the character of a road win against Maryland.

Congrats, Fair Morgan.

Posted by: StetSportsBlog | January 26, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Please, please stop voting for Virginia. And pretty please stop using the ACC schedule as an excuse. Virginia is one shot away from being winless against the Big South.

Posted by: larimerd | January 26, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Correction: I mean 1-2 against the Big South. But still, please.

Posted by: larimerd | January 26, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Seth did recruit the Curry brothers. I want to know if Beth is recruiting the sister though.

Posted by: sitruc | January 26, 2009 11:29 PM | Report abuse

for all those voting for UMBC, please consult the follwing:

or, just look at the America East standings, where UMBC hold down the last place spot. Navy voters could use re-education as well. not that there are a ton of other great options, but the Mount is definitely worth keeping an eye on.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | January 27, 2009 12:20 AM | Report abuse

VCU over Northeastern by at least 8 tomorrow for sole possession of first in CAA

Posted by: alexpaone758 | January 27, 2009 1:10 AM | Report abuse

Go GW!

Posted by: cgold | January 27, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

If Richmond wins their next two games, you really have to put them in. Unfortunately for the Spiders, they won't win their next two games.

Posted by: Kev29 | January 27, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Maryland will be facing a Miami team coming off of two OT losses...

Posted by: sitruc | January 27, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

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