Local Poll Week XIV: Now What?
A fourth straight change at the top? Not so fast, rocket scientist.
A week after proclaiming that the weirdest week in Atlantic 11 history, I have a revision. This is the weirdest week. In what I believe to be an Atlantic 11 first, one team gained the most first-place nods (Maryland) while another had the highest overall score (Virginia Tech). Overall, seven different teams received first-place votes. This is democranarchy.
While the votes at the top were excruciatingly close, the votes at the bottom were even closer. Like, I felt physical pain in my limbs, that's how excruciating it was. A total of four points separated the 10th, 11th and 12th teams. That's the difference between one voter's office being open or closed on President's Day.
Oh, and making things even more painful, Richmond, George Washington, Towson and William & Mary each got at least four votes, totals which could have dramatically swung the rankings if used correctly. Like, my ear drums are aching. I swear, democracy is sooooo overrated. (I did delete one ridiculous entry, but didn't have time to hunt out the others.)
RPI Watch: Georgetown (37th), Virginia Tech (49th), George Mason (57th), Maryland (61st), VCU (67th), American (80th), Virginia (90th). VMI languishes at 140th.
Rankings and pith follow. And with this much controversy, can we please get a spirited debate over who's No. 1 in the comments? Clearly there are at least seven different opinions out there.
1. Virginia Tech (16-7) 461 (12)
--Next: Wednesday at Virginia, Saturday vs. Florida State.
--Malcolm Delaney just moved up to fourth place on the website myfavoritemalcolm.com, passing McDowell and trailing Jamal Warner, in the Middle, and X. (Bill Fitzgerald)
2. Maryland (16-8) 439 (20)
--Next: Tuesday at Clemson, Saturday vs. North Carolina.
--The last time Gary was so pumped up by a three-part series was on 16, 17, and 18 at Congressional. (Markus Videnieks)
3. VCU (18-8) 424 (8)
--Next: Wednesday vs. Delaware, Friday at Nevada.
--Can the Atlantic 11 petition Congress for part of the stimulus money to come up with new Eric Maynor pith? (Jack Lambert)
4. George Mason (17-8) 335 (2)
--Next: Wednesday vs. Drexel, Saturday at Creighton.
--Resorting to desperate measures because of recent struggles on the road, the Patriots all put on ruby red sneakers, tapped them together and chanted: "There's no place like home" before last week's game at Delaware. (Sean McLernon)
5. VMI (20-5) 316 (3)
--Next: Tonight at Presbyterian, Saturday vs. Radford.
--The East played more defense in Sunday's NBA All-Star Game than VMI typically does. (Scott Allen)
6. Georgetown (13-10) 292 (6)
--Next: Wednesday at South Florida, Saturday vs. Marquette.
--Should be an interesting race to see what gets to .500 first: the Hoyas' record or the Dow Jones Industrial Average. (Chris Chase)
7. American (17-7) 284 (6)
--Next: Wednesday at Army, Saturday vs. Holy Cross.
--American's RPI suffers for having to play so many Patriot League games. Next year they're going to combat this by scheduling a home and home with the Division II champions. (B. Sopchak)
8. Old Dominion (16-9) 169
--Next: Wednesday at UNC Wilmington, Saturday vs. No. 9 Liberty.
--I wonder who has more fans, ODU or the Sacramento Monarchs? (Michael Palan)
9. Liberty (19-8) 115
--Next: Tonight at Coastal Carolina, Saturday at No. 8 Old Dominion.
--A Flame war broke out during practice recently over an argument about whose jump shot was the most pious. (Jamie Paquette)
10. Mount St. Mary's (16-10) 58
--Next: Thursday at Wagner, Saturday vs. St. Francis (Pa.).
--Hotter than Gary Williams's collar. (John Albers)
11. Morgan State (15-10) 56
--Next: Tonight vs. Bethune-Cookman, Wednesday at Howard, Saturday at Towson.
--Latest comment on Blogging with Boze: "hey coach, how'd u get ur team 2 play so well on the road?" from jlrrngpatriotcoach1. (Bill Fitzgerald)
Also receiving votes: Radford 54, James Madison 41, Navy 39, Virginia 30, Richmond 6, George Washington 5, Towson 4, William & Mary 4.
February 16, 2009; 3:29 PM ET
Categories: Atlantic 11 , College Basketball
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