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Local Poll Week XII: Now VCU

(Photo by Jonathan Daniel - Getty. Logo and editing by Ian Oland - A11 media.)

So for an entire two-year span we had exactly zero changes in the area's top-ranked team, and now we have two changes in two weeks. Thing is, these aren't noble, bursting-from-the-depths promotions. These are more like "you went 1-1 last week! Sweet, you're in."

Virginia Tech lost twice. Georgetown lost twice. Virginia only lost once, because the Cavs only played once. VCU very nearly lost twice, but the Rams' comeback at Hofstra earned them what I believe is their first week atop the Atlantic 11.

In some positive developments, losing-record Virginia is finally out of the poll, as is Morgan State. The replacements are Old Dominion and Mount St. Mary's, which doesn't really change my opinion of D.C. hoops circa 2009.

RPI Watch: Georgetown (18th), Virginia Tech (38th), George Mason (59th), VCU (61st), Maryland (80th), American (92nd), Virginia (97th). VMI may have the best record in the DMV, but the Keydets are 114th in RPI, good for eighth in the area.

Rankings and pith:

1. VCU (16-6) 533 (25)
--Next: Wednesday at UNC Wilmington, Saturday vs. William & Mary.
--No word yet from Anthony Grant regarding Bob Knight's request to settle the Georgia head coaching vacancy like men. (Brian Bald)

2. Virginia Tech (14-7) 502 (17)
--Next: Sunday vs. N.C. State.
--Some have called the Hokies a Jekyll and Hyde team. That may be true, but I'm pretty sure Jekyll and Hyde could have held that 16-point lead against Clemson. (Chris Chase)

3. Georgetown (12-8) 415 (8)
--Next: Tuesday vs. Rutgers, Saturday vs. Cincinnati.
--Hasn't won a game since the second Bush Administration. (Jamie Paquette)

4. VMI (17-3) 371 (7)
--Next: Tonight vs. UNC Asheville, Wednesday at Winthrop, Saturday vs. Gardner-Webb.
--The Big South is taking the unusual step of hiring new officials mid-season to replace the dozens forced into retirement after collapsing on court at the 15 minute mark of VMI games. (Brian Bald)

5. George Mason (15-6) 354 (3)
--Next: Tuesday vs. Hofstra, Saturday at James Madison.
--After losing three out of four games, its become quite apparent that even the Mason Nation is not immune to these tough economic times. (Christopher Ring)

6. Maryland (14-7) 300
--Next: Tuesday at North Carolina, Sunday at Georgia Tech.
--Jin Soo Kim held out of the game versus BC for academic reasons after, when asked for the cause of the Civil War, he responded, "Kathy Worthington." (Jack Lambert)

7. American (13-7) 220 (1)
--Next: Wednesday vs. Army, Saturday at Lehigh.
--Eagles beat Navy last week and play Army tomorrow. Clearly AU is trying to copy Notre Dame football and boost their record by playing all the service academies. (Markus Videnieks)

8. Liberty (16-7) 192 (1)
--Next: Wednesday at Gardner-Webb, Saturday vs. Winthrop.
--Seth Curry went 5-for-20 in a win versus UNC Asheville, making one of every four attempts. Or, as they say in the ACC, he shot a Greivis. (Jack Lambert)

9. Old Dominion (13-8) 94
--Next: Tuesday vs. Towson, Saturday at Drexel.
--After victories over James Madison and George Mason, the Monarchs continue their revenge against lesser known patriots Thomas Towson and Samuel Drexel. (Christopher Ring)

10. Mount St. Mary's (13-9) 81
--Next: Thursday at Long Island, Saturday at Fairleigh DIckinson.
--Beat up on a Wagner team composed of players who are all on opera scholarships, and were not aware that athletics were a part of their course work. (Chris Bocquet)

11. Navy (15-7) 75
--Next: Saturday at Bucknell.
--When asked why his starting center chose to shoot rather than set a screen, Billy Lange replied, "Pickin' ain't Veazey." (Bill Fitzgerald)

Also receiving votes: Morgan State 43, Virginia 32, James Madison 23, Radford 20, Towson 6, Hampton 4, Coppin State 2, Richmond 2, George Washington 1, UMBC 1, Norfolk State 1, William & Mary 1.

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 2, 2009; 5:28 PM ET
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball  
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Thanks to the super bowl, I worked from home today. Things I did not accomplish:

1. vote on the Local 11 hoops poll
2. billable work

Posted by: WaPoLiveFan16 | February 2, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Go Rams Go.

Posted by: Petey82 | February 2, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

You just just woke up a sleeping blog giant in Todd Bozeman.

Be afraid.

Posted by: StetSportsBlog | February 2, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Uh oh. Someone lost their voting privileges. I only wonder if s/he gets publicly shamed...

Posted by: smperk | February 2, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

STEINBERG Great choice to put VCU on top, espically after VCU lost to Northeastern at home. Northeaster started off an uncanny 5/6 from beyond the ARC and the rams never fully recovered.

I think you will find Eric Maynor is the best player in virginia right now, unfortunatly he is one of only 2 seniors on the team and the only senior to recieve considerable time.

Posted by: alexpaone758 | February 3, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

The Rams did recover... they just never got on top because of some ridiculous reffing. At one point, the rams had 9 team fouls to NU's 0. It was ludicrous.

Posted by: Petey82 | February 3, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Oh man smperk is right. I think Dan should send out an email about who voted for GW to the local poll voters and have a special all pithy comments post about how that person is an idiot. And they lose their voting rights.

Posted by: MDG26 | February 3, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Hey alexpaone758, you do realize this is a _poll_, right? Meaning, people _vote_ on it instead of Dan picking it.

Posted by: Incredulous2 | February 3, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Rather than summarily dq'ing GW voters, I'd rather know why such people are voting for the Colonials or Norfolk State or some other ridiculous choices.

(Seriously, the people who voted VMI #1 ought to be slapping themselves right about now.)

If A-11 panelists in general actually had to justify their votes, I'd bet we get much more intelligent results.

Posted by: evwill | February 3, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

"If [College Football Coaches/AP Poll Voters/Baseball Hall of Fame Voters/Pro Bowl Voters/NHL All-Star Game Voters/US Soccer Hall of Fame Voters/Republicans/A-11 Panelists] in general actually had to justify their votes, I'd bet we get much more intelligent results."


/take your pick

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | February 4, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

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