Local Poll Week XIII: Pure Chaos
Three straight weeks, three straight changes atop the more-volatile-than-a-Maryland-staff-retreat Atlantic 11. Raise your hand if you thought VMI and American would both be getting more first-place votes than Georgetown in mid-February. Now put your hand down if you're a best-selling author of treasured sports non-fiction. Thought so.
This right here is definitely the weirdest week in Atlantic 11 history. VMI received votes at every slot from 1 through 10. So did Georgetown. The same VMI team that lost by 28 at 11-11 Jacksonville State is ranked ahead of the area's two longtime powers. No fewer than three Big South teams are ranked ahead of Virginia. And two teams that received exactly zero votes (Longwood and George Washington) have victories over ranked teams (James Madison and American, respectively).
RPI Watch: Georgetown (37th), Virginia Tech (40th), George Mason (57th), Maryland (69th), VCU (73rd), American (85th), Virginia (99th). VMI may have the best record in the DMV and the highest low-major ranking in A11 history, but the Keydets are 129th in RPI, behind James Madison and Mount St. Mary's. Still, we're looking at anywhere from three to six tournament teams.
Rankings and pith:
1. Virginia Tech (15-7) 525 (38)
--Next: Wednesday vs. Georgia Tech, Saturday at No. 6 Maryland.
--In order to learn new ways to berate the referees, Seth Greenberg has purchased the new book-on-tape by Christian Bale. (Max Wasserman)
2. VCU (17-7) 468 (10)
--Next: Wednesday vs. No. 10 James Madison, Saturday at No. 8 Old Dominion.
--Usually the Rams losing at the Seahawks wouldn't be a big deal. (Markus Videnieks)
3. VMI (19-4) 394 (4)
--Next: Tonight vs. Charleston Southern, Saturday at Coastal Carolina.
--To celebrate their last 20-win season in 1978, Keydets won't allow women to watch their games. (Matt Bonesteel)
4. Georgetown (13-9) 368 (3)
--Next: Saturday at Syracuse.
--If Barack Obama ever misses Chicago, he can visit the Georgetown basketball team and feel at home among their Ls. (Chris Chase)
5. George Mason (16-7) 321
--Next: Thursday at Delaware, Saturday vs. Northeastern.
--The Patriots are due for another loss to James Madison on Feb. 7, 2014. (Scott Allen)
6. Maryland (15-8) 308
--Next: Saturday vs. No. 1 Virginia Tech.
--I can't help but be reminded of the wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube man while watching Dave Neal try to rebound against Georgia Tech. (John Albers)
7. American (15-7) 265 (4)
--Next: Wednesday at Bucknell, Saturday vs. Colgate.
--AU fans are starting to get all atwitter about the Eagles postseason chances. They are also getting all ablog, afacebook and atext. (Bill Fitzgerald)
8. Old Dominion (15-8) 157
--Next: Tuesday at Hofstra, Saturday vs. No. 2 VCU.
--Monarchs set to host Liberty in Atlantic11Buster. (Scott Allen)
9. Liberty (17-8) 120
--Next: Monday at Presbyterian, Saturday at Charleston Southern.
--Get this: Seth Curry actually has teammates. I had no idea. (Sean McLernon)
10. James Madison (16-9) 103
--Wednesday at No. 2 VCU, Saturday vs. William & Mary.
--Dukes will be a shoo-in for the Basketball Championship Subdivision Tournament once the NCAA finally realizes that all those extra games in March are really bad for the student-athletes at large D-1 schools. (Jamie Paquette)
11. Mount St. Mary's (14-10) 57
--Next: Thursday vs. St. Francis, Saturday at Monmouth.
--Lost their first game in a month to Long Island on Thursday. It wasn't all bad though as Jeremy Goode was still able to drop 50 on the Knicks. (Jackl Lambert)
Also receiving votes: Navy 52, Morgan State 43, Radford 20, Virginia 14, Hampton 5, UMBC 4, Norfolk State 4, Howard 3, Coppin State 2, Loyola 1, William & Mary 1.
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