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Week I Pith

(By Toni L. Sandys - TWP)

Because I forgot to do this earlier, here are all your extra pithy comments about the Week I Atlantic 11 teams.

1. Maryland

Before the flight to Maui, Coach Williams had to temper the players' expectations about the concept of getting leid upon arrival in Hawaii. (Markus Videnieks)

Greivis Vasquez can probably save himself some time and just start pricing apartments in Greece right now. (Jamie Paquette)

Place your bets now. When will the discussion about Greivis regretting not going in the draft begin? (Kevin O'Connor)

All you need to know about the state of things in College Park is that Ralph needs to hold a bake sale to fly to ACC games, while Gary's guys get a free trip to Maui. (Mike Berman)

2. Georgetown

Losing in the NIT's first round helped ensure the Hoyas were especially well rested for this undefeated start. (Kevin Carter)

Is the idea of the Princeton offense to score as many points as Princeton would? (John Albers)

Little Known Fact: "Georgetown Cupcake" named after early season schedule. (Ivan Snyder)

Wizznutzz-style Hoya incite: Greg Monroe Ficus eat rancid honeydew off VC floor, have fever dream that he is luv child of Strindberg and Jm. J. Bullock. Intern Dana had to admenistar emergncy half-smoke to revivify. (Jamie Paquette)

Is it just me or does JTIII desperately need a towel on the shoulder? (Josh Meredith)

I've heard Greg Monroe only came back so that he could attend the annual Georgetown-center Thanksgiving feast. Don't laugh. Jahidi White prepares an excellent Turducken. (Jack Lambert)

The Sherms must have been running the Georgetown offense against Temple. (Tim Fincham)

Sad to see the conclusion of the epic home-and-home series with Savannah State. (Matt Kelly)

Against Savannah, Coach Thompson draws inspiration from Coach Zorn and has Jason Clark dribble out the clock in the first half without taking a shot. Thompson explained, "Gosh, there is just so much that could go wrong if we actually tried to score." (Tim Lyden)

3. Virginia Tech

Upon seeing "@ Temple" scheduled for Friday, Hokie fans just relieved Seth Greenberg showed up in Philly, not in Blacksburg's finest synagogue. (Markus Videnieks)

Coach Greenberg's twitter page leading him to wear out his exclamation key! (John Albers)

4. VCU

Eric Maynor is so old...wait, are we not doing that anymore? (Jack Lambert)

Eric Maynor finally moves on leaving broadcasters bumbling over filler material that isn't "Hey, that Maynor kid has been here forever." (JDP)

Hiring of Shaka Smart as new basketball coach was a godsend for uncreative headline writers in the greater Richmond area. (Jamie Paquette)

Shaka Smart beats Jeff Capel both in basketball and in having the most awesomest name ever. (John Willmott)

We own more AP Votes than Tech and Virginia combined! (Matthew Howard)

Sure the guaranteed money is nice, but the real reason that Blake Griffin went to the NBA was to avoid being posterized by Larry Sanders. (Jake Leffler)

Thanks for the memories Jeff Capel. We won't be seeing you in Richmond again.(Nathan Fennessy)

Note to Anthony Grant and Alabama: Don't schedule a game at VCU anytime soon. (Joey Flyntz)

Guard Ed Nixon has a steal but insists he is not a crook. (Kevin Carter)

Rams fans were pumped to beat former coach Jeff Capel and Big 12 power Oklahoma. Then they realized they still go to school in Richmond. (Matt Trogdon)

Taking down Oklahoma and Jeff Capel just continues to show that Duke still sucks. (Chris Bocquet)

5. George Mason

On Twitter, Mason coach Jim Larranaga promises this season will be more exciting than a bagel with no butter. (Devin Perry)

A win over Villanova really would have been the cream cheese on Coach Larranaga's early-season bagel. (Jake Lambert)

Interesting strategy not getting a final shot off against Villanova, we'll see how it plays out for them. (Christopher Ring)

Tried mightily to give away potential upset against Villanova, and succeeded. (Eric Swensen).

That Villanova near-win could prove critical in NIT seeding later on. (Joey Flyntz)

6. Old Dominion

Monarchs' leading scorer Gerald Lee is from Uusikaupunki, Finland, which is also the home of the Bonk Museum. Bonk Business is a fictional corporation that has produced amazing inventions such as bilateral wave transformation and the gnagg booster. (Bill Fitzgerald)

The Monarchs early season schedule is so unimpressive, it should apply for admission to Old Dominion. (Jack Lambert)

In South Padre Island to play Missouri after Thanksgiving. No word on if they will reciprocate by going to Plymouth, Mass. for Spring Break. (Markus Videnieks)

We've got more AP votes than VT and UVA! (Matthew Howard)

7. George Washington

Plan to cross the Delaware River to invade Princeton shelved upon learning the game would be played in D.C. (John Albers)

Colonials undefeated? Time for the Post to start sniffing around GW's recruiting trail. (Bill Fitzgerald)

Using 15 players in blowout victory over UMBC meant Karl Hobbs had an 18 percent gratuity automatically added to his tab by the guys working the scorers table. (Jamie Paquette)

Lasan Kromah scored 21 points to lead GW over Atlantic 11-rival UMBC. I think 21 Kromah is now worth about $5, given the weakening of the US dollar. (Gavin Weiss)

Lets be honest, how desperately do we need an "overachieving" chant in the Smith Center right now. (Josh Meredith)

Freshman Cotton not sure how he feels about new polyester jerseys. (Ivan Snyder)

8. Virginia

"Cavaliers, this is the Bog Poll. Bog Poll, meet the Cavaliers. It's been a few years, so I'll let you two get reacquainted." (Bill Fitzgerald)

UVA beat Rider, which beat No. 18 Mississippi State, which makes Virginia...the team that lost badly to South Florida. (Eric Swensen)

After the loss to South Florida, Cavalier fans have to be looking forward to a new coach and new direction for this Dave Leit... wait, they changed the coach already? (Jamie Jones)

Virginia has beaten Longwood, Rider, and Oral Roberts so far. All three sound like porn movie titles. Coincidence? I think not. (Eric Angevine)

A 13-point victory over Longwood counts as a loss, right? (Briscoe)

What's the over/under for the number of pithy comments comparing UVA's coach to the famous singer? 6? 8? I'll take the under, because unless their play improves, there won't be any sweet sweet music coming out of Charlottesville once ACC play starts. (Jake Leffler)

Michael Scott managed to score 15 points over Oral Roberts while also not falling into a Koi pond. (Chris Bocquet)

9. Morgan State

Bears hope to improve upon last year by making the NCAAs, being eliminated in the first round, and NOT body-slamming a future No. 1 pick on national TV. (John Willmott)

Coach Bozeman still trying to get Gary Williams to return his calls. (John Albers)

Blogging with Boze has not yet been replaced by Tweeting with Todd. Get with the times, man! (Jamie Paquette)

You can imagine my disappointment when it was discovered that Todd Bozeman's Twitter page was just a random white guy. Oh what could have been! (Devin Perry)

Very disappointed in Todd Bozeman. Sure the Bears are 3-1, but no blog posts since March 6? And the only Todd Bozeman I can find on Twitter is a guy named Todd who lives in Bozeman, Montana? What happened to Coach Wired 2.0? (Bill Fitzgerald)

10. Richmond

The only thing more prestigious than being invited to play in The South Padre Island Invitational is earning a Nickelodeon's Kid Choice Award nomination. (Michael Palan)

11. William & Mary

Someone's got to be the traditional CAA Atlantic 11 bubble team. (Markus Videnieks)

Also Receiving Pith

Mount St. Mary's: Jeremy Goode hit 15 free throws on Saturday. Shaq will hit 15 by January. (Chris Bocquet)

I broke up with a girl who goes to the Mount. The break up sucked but on the good side, she still has to go to Mount Saint Mary's. (Jack Lambert)

Coppin State: Got a big victory over Washington Adventist, which has no logo. (Chris Bocquet)

Fang Mitchell denying allegations he lured recruits with promises of roles in the next "Twilight" film.(Jamie Paquette)

This is a true story. I live in Wilmington, DE and Vince Goldberry went there and dude is straight beast. I was on a PAL summer league team with him and he scored 28 in our opening game before his mom asked him why he was playing in a summer league where he could get hurt...and he's not even their best player. (M. Pettiford)

Norfolk State: Has the MEAC pre-season player of the year. I can't think of a better reason. (Ryan Donahue)

Towson: Tigers beat Miami (Ohio). Miami (Ohio) almost wins at Kentucky. You know what that means, right? If you guessed a sub-.500 conference record and multiple beatings from the CAA's elite, you win. (Joey Flyntz)

Liberty: If they decide to participate in next year's "College Basketball Marathon," someone needs to tell the team that it's longer than a 5k. (Jamie Jones)

A half-game behind Davidson in the "which team misses their Curry more" contest. (David Adkins)

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 27, 2009; 10:10 PM ET
Categories:  Atlantic 11  
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Hokies have never liked Temple.

Posted by: sitruc | November 28, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse

If Tech beats the Blue Hens, can we count them as a local team?

Posted by: sitruc | November 28, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

So, Maryland's going to take a nose dive in the Atlantic 11.

Grevis couldn't see the hoop because of the blinding shirts Gary wore.

Posted by: mbhowa | November 28, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

I take one week off from MEAC pith is this is what we get?

/I'm Back.

Posted by: StetSportsBlog | November 29, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

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