Local Poll Week XVI: American Splendor
So it's March. Time to start counting Atlantic 11 NCAA tournament bids. Local voter Max Wass did just that a week ago, concluding that the over-under should be 4.60. Indeed, the DMV will provide the top three seeds in the Big South, three of the top four seeds in the Colonial, the top seed in the MEAC, the top and third seeds in the Patriot, and the second seed in the Northeast. With Maryland and Virginia Tech pushing for at-large bids and Georgetown not out of it....well, I don't know what. None of them are lasting past the first weekend, so I guess it doesn't really matter. In fact, I'm already feeling post-March Madness regret.
(A note on the Hoyas: If they win the last two of the regular season and two in the Big East, they're a lock, right? Arizona '08: RPI 37, SOS 2, 18 wins, 8-10 conference record. G'town '08: RPI 40, SOS 1, would have 19 wins and an 8-10 conference record. And Arizona '08 wasn't the last team in or anything.)
Anyhow, conference tournaments are here. Last year I saw three teams clinch berths in person, and it was a natural high unlike any I've experienced involving the acronym "UMBC." This year, who knows.
RPI Watch: Georgetown (40th), Maryland (52nd), George Mason (56th), Virginia Tech (59th), VCU (65th), American (76th), Old Dominion (105th). Our three ranked Big South teams have RPIs of 133rd, 143rd and 144th.
Rankings and pith follow. This week's discussion question: By ranking American ahead of Virginia Tech and Georgetown, are we saying 1) We believe AU would win head-to-head on a neutral court, 2) We believe AU is equally capable of losing to ranked teams at home, 3) We believe Georgetown and Virginia Tech have disappointed and AU has shined to a degree that must be recognized, or 4) We've followed the unavoidable logic of poll voting.
1. Maryland (18-10) 551 (39)
--Next: Tuesday vs. Wake Forest, Saturday at Virginia.
--I wonder if Greivis Vasquez taunts his professor when he hands in a final exam. (John Albers)
2. VCU (21-9) 505 (11)
--Next: CAA quarterfinal Saturday vs. Georgia State-Delaware winner.
--The Rams victory over Georgia State was also senior day for Eric Maynor, coincidentally falling on the same day he became eligible to collect social security. (John Albers)
3. American (21-7) 405 (8)
--Next: Patriot League quarterfinal Wednesday vs. Lafayette.
--The area's best hope for an NCAA tournament bid needed overtime to beat Lafayette. Atlantic 11 basketball, it's faaaaaaan-tastic! (Matt Bonesteel)
4. Virginia Tech (17-11) 389
--Next: Wednesday vs. North Carolina, Sunday at Florida State.
--Yes, Scheyer probably should have been called for a travel. But Tech fans should realize if you're going to plan a "White Out," the refs aren't going to be able to see most of the Blue Devil players. (Jack Lambert)
5. Georgetown (15-12) 348 (3)
--Next: Tuesday at St. John's, Saturday vs. DePaul.
--DaJuan Summers announced that he will not declare for the NBA draft this year. In an equally logical announcement, neither will I. (Markus Videnieks)
6. George Mason (20-9) 347
--Next: CAA quarterfinal Saturday vs. James Madison-William & Mary winner.
--Beat Towson on Saturday, which got me thinking: After leaving a cushy job at Florida State and being a colossal failure during his last three coaching positions, where will Pat Kennedy end up next? (Devin Perry)
7. Old Dominion (20-9) 278
--Next: CAA quarterfinal Saturday vs. Hofstra-UNCW winner.
--Jonathan Adams hit a pair of free throws in overtime to give the Monarchs the victory at Northeastern and then dumped some tea into the Boston Harbor. (Sean McLernon)
8. VMI (22-7) 148
--Next: Big South quarterfinal Tuesday vs. Coastal Carolina.
--The Holmes brothers are by far the most frightening twins to opponents since 'The Shining.' (Christopher Ring)
9. Morgan State (19-11) 119
--Next: Thursday at Coppin State.
--Coming soon to an SEC school near you: the Todd Bozeman era!!! (Chris Bocquet)
10. Radford (18-11) 83
--Next: Big South quarterfinal Tuesday vs. High Point.
--There's a joke about the Highlanders winning the Big South regular season title and taking on High Point in there somewhere, but I think I need Michael Phelps to help me find it. (Jamie Paquette)
11. Liberty (21-10) 53
--Next: Big South quarterfinal Tuesday vs. Gardner-Webb.
--Did you know there are other players on Liberty other than Seth Curry? It's true! I learned it from a Snapple bottle cap. (Max Wasserman)
Also receiving votes: Virginia 30, Navy 28, Mount St. Mary's 24, James Madison 9, George Washington 8, Richmond 4, Hampton 3, Norfolk State 3, Coppin State 2, Howard 1, William & Mary 1.
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