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Terp Fans Seek Valentines, Plus Pith



When I went up to Jarren Ginsburg during Saturday's Maryland-Virginia Tech game, I pointed out that his outfit looked like a bathrobe.

"It IS a bathrobe," he confirmed.

"It's got moose on it," noted his friend, Matt Wooten.

"And these boxing gloves are about three sizes too small," Ginsburg added. "They're kid gloves."

A few seconds later, Ravens Coach John Harbaugh approached, saying "no Redskins fans, right?" to the crowd. Kids around us shouted for him to re-sign Ray Lewis. Harbaugh asked them to make contributions. Then he looked at Ginsburg.

"What's up with the bathrobe?" he asked.

AP sportswriter David Ginsburg appeared, telling Harbaugh that the bathrobe kid was, in fact, his son. "I love the bathrobe," Harbaugh said.

"Now I remember why I'm friends with you," one of Jarren's friends, said when Harbaugh left.

Anyhow, Jarren has long felt Adrian Bowie deserved a "Yo Adrian" chant, and that Sean Mosley might as well be "Sugar Sean," hence the boxing get-up. "And we're in for a fight tonight," he added, "a fight for our lives."

He and his friends considered a Rocky-like sprint up the Comcast Center stairs, but opted against it. He was sweating regardless. "It's a little hot, honestly," he said.

That being said, here's last weeks' extra Atlantic 11 pith. Remember, these rankings do not yet reflect this week's results.



1. Virginia Tech

I'm sure MASN can't wait until all of their college basketball programming is replaced by wall-to-wall Nats talk. (Jamie Paquette)

Getting first-place A11 votes the same way they get preseason top 25 football poll votes: "Really? There's nobody else? Virginia Tech it is, then." (B. Sopchak)

2. VCU

First Cancun and now the Rams are heading to Reno for their bracket-buster matchup versus Nevada. Man, VCU seems to be pulling out all the stops to keep Anthony Grant in Richmond. (Jack Lambert)

Eric Maynor was named a finalist for the Bob Cousy award after missing all 11 of his 3-point attempts in a loss to UNC Wilmington. He must know someone on the selection committee. (Scott Allen)

3. VMI

If first place in the Atlantic 11 were based solely on winning percentage, the Keydets would be number one. But then again, if we did thing solely by winning percentage, Dave Leito wouldn't have a job. (Jack Lambert)

All these victories help boost UVa's case for a CBI bid. (Sean McLernon)

Ah, the dreaded Sports Illustrated Inside College Basketball section feature jinx strikes again! (Bill Fitzgerald)

After Sports Illustrated's description of VMI's campus as a step above a Soviet-style gulag, the Keydets may be one team happy to be shipped cross country by the NCAA tournament committee. (Eric Swensen)

The Keydets lead the nation in many offensive categories, but are still well behind Duke in 'hugs to turnover ratio.' (Chris Chase)

Still dreading the "Keys to the Game" puns that will be made if this team makes it onto TV in March. (Jamie Paquette)

Losses to Virginia and Liberty explained by service mentality, inspired by centuries of tradition. Losses to Jacksonville State and UNC Asheville explained by ignoring anyone that mentions them, inspired by eight years of controlling the media. (B. Sopchak)

VMI had a live Kangaroo named Moe as its mascot until the 1970s. You have to think Moe would have liked to play in their up-tempo offense. (Markus Videnieks)

With an upcoming game against the Presbyterian Blue Hose, MASN the Ocho is already worried about catastrophic wardrobe malfunctions. (Briscoe)

4. Georgetown

Hoyas haven't suffered a truly "bad loss" yet. They also haven't played DePaul yet. (Jamie Paquette)

"Best 10th place team in Big East history" really won't look that good on a banner hanging from the Verizon Center rafters. (Scott McLernon)

It's time to quarantine off the Verizon Center before the Caps get infected with whatever poor-defense disease is on the hardcourt. (Jamie Jones)

You have to feel bad for Rutgers for being the only team in the Big East that couldn't knock off Georgetown these past few weeks. (Kevin O'Connor)

Has more trouble with Cincinnati than Delta passengers during a snowstorm. (Matt Bonesteel)

Shoulda beat Cincinnati, but Mike Sellers fumbled on the one yard-line. (Michael Palan)

Ever since competing in Disney World back in the Fall, the Hoyas haven't been able to get that Pooh smell out. (Max Wasserman)

It really is a shame there's not a draft lottery in college, too. (Christopher Ring)

It should be known that the D.C. Lottery Gatling Gun has, without announcement, been renamed the D.C. Lottery Launcher -- an emasculating and politically correct move that coincided with the start of the Hoyas losing streak. (Tim Hanson)

When half of the vaunted Big East is ranked, and a trendy pick to win is losing, what do you have? I believe the term is over-rated. (Raphael Mazzone)

5. George Mason

Section IX of the NCAA Tournament selection guidelines specifies that once you lose to James Madison, you can no longer be considered a bubble team. (Sean McLernon)

Before last weekend, the prior time the Patriots lost to James Madison, Facebook didn't even exist. Lol, OMG! (John Albers)

"It's mind-boggling," Patriots' John Vaughan said, referring either to GMU's loss to JMU, or the fact that the Dukes' fans stormed the court after beating a third-place CAA team. (Matt Bonesteel)

Everyone's probably going to make a lot of "what if the real James Madison and George Mason played one on one" jokes this week but Mason would have totally beat Madison, even with his gout. (Jack Lambert)



6. Maryland

To ease his pain from earlier in the year, Gary put $20 on "Georgetown will lose to Cincinnati twice within 11 days" at 500-to-1 odds. He then used the $10,000 proceeds to buy a 2-week "recruiting trip" to the Bahamas. (Jamie Paquette)

Gary Williams spent the week crafting a homemade valentine for Kathy Worthington using doilies and heart stickers. (Scott Allen)

Beating Georgia Tech is a statement win. In 2003. (Chris Stratton)

In a slight variation on Debbie Yow's move with the football team, Kathy Worthington has announced that Gary Williams will have a successor, she just hasn't figured out who that successor will be. (Bill Fitzgerald)

After taking care of the football coaching succession plan, Debbie Yow will now attempt to name Jeff Capel as Maryland basketball's head-coach-in-waiting-until-Gary-gets-fired-in-mid-April. (Chris Chase)

Counting down the days until Greivis Vasquez is named head coach in waiting. (Christopher Ring)

7. American

The latest sign I'm paying way too much attention to local college basketball: The other day somebody asked me my height and I said: "About an inch taller than Derrick Mercer." (Sean McLernon)

By far the hottest team in the Atlantic 11, which is basically the equivalent of being the skinniest girl at fat camp. (Christopher Ring)

Has lost only one game since Inauguration Day. At least Obama has stimulated something in D.C. (Devin Perry)

If you disagree with Simon Cowell, text "Patriot League Champs" to 57789 to vote the Eagles into the next round. (Jarrett Carter)

8. Old Dominion

Can't Gerald Lee and Sylven Landesberg get it over with and switch names already? (Christopher Ring)

Has to face Liberty in the BracketBuster matchup. Which means ODU head coach Blaine Taylor has to call up Seth Greenberg in order to get his Why-I-didn't-recruit-Seth-Curry excuses ready. (Jack Lambert)

The CAA's dominance of this poll is bit like Paul McCartney appearances at the Grammys. Joyful at first, then only enjoyable, until finally, "Him, again?" (Bill Fitzgerald)

9. Liberty

Seth Curry became the first freshman in Big South Conference history to score at least 500 points. That's equivalent to what, like, 250 points in the ACC? (Scott Allen)

10. James Madison

Madison fans stormed the court following the Dukes' two-point win over George Mason. What's next....Senate Republicans storming Harry Reid's desk after a successful procedural filibuster? (Chris Fish)

Playing well enough to draw "Smokin'" Al Koken away from Caps duty. Semin apparently has nothing on Andrey Semenov. (Matt Bonesteel)

Dazzmond Thornton, named for his mother's favorite R&B group, the Dazz Band, had an easier time in grade school than his twin sisters Parliament and Funkadelic. (Bill Fitzgerald)

Have you seen forward Dazz Thornton? That second Z stands for "Like Zoinks Scoob, why is Jahidi White back in college?" (Markus Videnieks)

After the doctor who delivered Dazzmond Thornton signed the birth certificate, he turned to the nurse and said, "That just happened." (Scott Allen)

In order of coolest Dukes, James Madison is ahead of David Duke and The Blue Devils, but one spot behind The Duke of Earl. (Michael Palan)

11. Mount St. Mary's

Loss to Long Island blamed on deception after the team bus got lost for 4 hours before someone realized that LIU is actually in Brooklyn. (note to team: Manhattan College is not in Manhattan either.

Also Receiving Pith

Navy: Lil Wayne's favorite player on Navy? Mark Veazey. (John Albers)

Morgan State: Latest Blogging With Boze headline - "Blame da Man N da Mirror & Ur vision B comes Clearer!" Was that on "Sign 'o The Times" or "Lovesexy?" (Jamie Paquette)

Todd Bozeman blogged about the Man in the Mirror, but strangely avoided Coppin State in the rear view. (Jarrett Carter)

Existential question of the day: Do we vote for Morgan State because of the great Todd Bozeman blog or is the Todd Bozeman blog great because we vote for Morgan State? (Jack Lambert)


By Dan Steinberg  |  February 15, 2009; 4:01 PM ET
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball  
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