Local Poll Week XV: Turtles Have an Entourage
Two weeks after this newspaper dissected the state of Maryland basketball, Terps boosters can fairly ask "Who's sweating now?" In a turnaround with more baffling than a College Park traffic circle, the Maryland Terrapins have risen past the mighty basketball programs of the Mid-Atlantic region to seize an honor greater than any ever imagined during the days of 40-point losses.
Hey, it's at least as exciting as an NIT bid, right?
In more news of the weird, there are three ranked Big South team, meaning one more than the number of ranked ACC teams. And two schools have the honor of being ranked in every spot between one and 10 on at least one ballot: Georgetown and American.
My over-under on A11 tournament teams is 2.5, and I'd be inclined to take the over, but clearly the travel budget isn't sending me to Boise to watch Morgan State enjoy Idaho in March.
RPI Watch: Georgetown (45th), Maryland (52nd), George Mason (54th), Virginia Tech (66th), VCU (71st), American (80th), Virginia (100th). Our three ranked Big South teams have RPIs of 133, 160 and 165.
Rankings and pith follow. No controversy this week, but feel to post all remarks about how terrible D.C. basketball is nowadays. That, or sweat jokes.
1. Maryland (17-9) 595 (51)
--Next: Wednesday vs. Duke, Sunday at N.C. State.
--If you count jersey pops, Greivis Vasquez actually finished with the first quadruple-double in Maryland history. (Scott Allen)
2. VCU (19-9) 447 (4)
--Next: Wednesday at James Madison, Saturday vs. Georgia State.
--You would figure that visiting any city would be a nice break from Richmond, unless you land in Reno, home of the sesquicentennial beard contest. (Devin Perry)
3. Virginia Tech (16-10) 394
--Next: Wednesday at Clemson, Saturday vs. Duke.
--T-minus three weeks until Seth Greenberg's annual whine about how tough it is to play in a conference with powerhouses like UVA and Florida State. (Christopher Ring)
4. American (19-7) 389 (5)
--Next: Wednesday vs. Navy, Saturday at Lafayette.
--The Eagles lead their conference in field-goal percentage and 3-point percentage. I don't know about you, but when I think 'efficient,' I don't think 'American.' (John Albers)
5. George Mason (18-9) 371
--Next: Wednesday at UNC Wilmington, Saturday vs. Towson.
--Seeing how The Post's investigative reporting on Maryland turned out for them, I look forward to the next series, "What's Wrong with GMU: Is it Gunston?" (Jamie Jones)
6. Georgetown (14-11) 291 (2)
--Next: Tonight vs. Louisville, Saturday at Villanova.
--Maryland is playing great and the Hoyas can't beat anyone good. Who else is enjoying the return of the Craig Esherick era? (Markus Videnieks)
7. Old Dominion (18-9) 272
--Next: Wednesday vs. William & Mary, Saturday at Northeastern.
-- Old Dominion stomps Liberty in a way that can best be appreciated by early 19th Century European historians. (Bill Fitzgerald)
8. VMI (20-7) 151
--Next: Tuesday at No. 11 Liberty, Saturday at High Point.
--With a huge showdown against Liberty looming, VMI desperately needs separation between State and Church. (Adam Anthony)
9. Morgan State (18-10) 124
--Next: Tonight at Hampton, Saturday vs. Delaware State.
--Todd Bozeman conspicuously absent from Baltimore's Restaurant week. (John Albers)
10. Radford (17-10) 105
--Next: Wednesday vs. High Point, Saturday vs. No. 11 Liberty.
--Man, I remember when Big South preeminence used to mean something in this poll! (Bill Fitzgerald)
11. Liberty (20-9) 71
--Next: Tuesday vs. No. 8 VMI, Saturday at No. 10 Radford.
--Since the Flames were pounded by ODU over the weekend, I think it's safe to start referring to the Big South as CAA Lite. (Sean McLernon)
Also receiving votes: Mount St. Mary's 58, Virginia 57, Navy 25, James Madison 22, Richmond 13, Coppin State 5, Norfolk State 1, William & Mary 1.
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