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Historic Saturday for Commonwealth hoops

(By Alan Diaz - AP)

Go ahead and correct me, but I'm going to guess that two mid-majors from Virginia have never before beaten two top-15 programs on the same calendar day in the month of December. Plus, Virginia Tech offering free admission to anyone who braved the snowstorm? What a Saturday. I say we declare Dec. 19 some sort of Atlantic 11 holiday.

The newest rankings will be out on Monday evening, but until then, here's last week's leftover pith. As always, much of it reads like gibberish due to my obscenely late posting of jokes written a week ago, but whatever. You're probably too drunk on Silk eggnog to notice.

1. Georgetown

Someone forgot to tell John Thompson that Washington isn't a local team. Oh wait, did I say forgot? I meant remembered. (Max Wasserman)

Hoya Athletic Department is desperately looking to schedule more "Classics" named after coaches. (Matt Kelly)

According to Twitter sources, forward Henry Sims was afraid to go on the roller coaster at Disneyland. My theory is that the high climb before plummeting to earth reminds him too much of last season. (Peter Keszler)

Two stellar wins last week left JTIII worried about only one thing: What chinks will Markus Videnieks find in this armor? (Gerald O'Hara)

2. Virginia Tech

Big win for VT at Penn State, but to be fair PSU had a tough time what with their head coach calling plays from press box. (Chris Bocquet)

Hokies won a game by two points when Penn State missed a last-second shot. Somebody get me a copy of the Virginia Tech charter because I'm pretty sure that's a violation of the school's founding principals. (Bill Fitzgerald)

All the pith I have for the Hokies is about them losing close games, not winning them. (John Albers)

I can't believe we have to wait until February 27 for the Hokies to play Maryland and settle the "Which team is the fourth best in the area" argument. (Jamie Paquette)

Wins against NIT-type teams may just propel them into...the NIT. (Michael Palan)

You know area hoops are hurting when the No. 2 ranked team in the DMV lost to Temple and went to OT with Delaware. Either that, or you people don't know how to vote. (Michael Radford)

Only 98 points against VMI? Embarrassing. (Joey Flyntz)

Only dropped 98 on VMI, which technically should count for a loss. (Gavin Weiss)

3. William & Mary

The Griffin-Pugs returned from an exam hiatus to face powerhouse Vassar, giving the Wrens the opportunity to rise like the Phoenix to become kings and queens of the A-11. (Jacques Arsenault)

The pug is prone to a number of ailments, including elongated soft palate, cataracts, and, entropion, making it a perfect mascot for the students of William and Mary, who are prone to making stupid mascot selections. (David Adkins)

After more than a week off, the Tribe played Vassar, a school whose most notable athletic achievement to date is the hosting of the first intercollegiate Quidditch match. (Bill Fitzgerald)

Only after scheduling Vassar for did W&M realize that the school was now coed. (Ivan Snyder)

The Tribe, with a week off from competitive play, smartly employ the current congressional Republican strategy: Do nothing, watch your opponents screw up, and gain in standings and polls. (Joe Maloney)

The Tribe took the week off for exams, to which the student body responded "Wait, we play basketball?" (Jack Lambert)

Early-season loss to Harvard seems better after Harvard started 7-2. Wait, is that with grade inflation? (Gavin Weiss)

Basketball team suggests it could do better against 'Nova than its football team. (Nathan Fennessy)

Off to their best CAA start since they started CAA play last year at 0-0. (Michael Palan)

First time they've gotten AP and coaches poll votes since 1693. (Greg C.)

Team might flounder after rumors are swirling that Mary is leaving William for Robert Morris. (Timothy Lyden)

The fact that she doesn't have any colleges named after her upsets Rhoda. (Max Wasserman)

Playing the role of the local team that will embarrass Maryland this year. (Peter Keszler)

Still leaders in the Atlantic 11 Football Poll. (M. Pettiford)

4. Maryland

Temple over 'Nova?! Xavier over Cincy?! Gary breathing a sigh of relief after deciding not to schedule MC-Takoma Park last week. (David Adkins)

University officials ultimately decided against using the parody song 'Choi To The World' for the school choir's annual holiday concert. (Michael Palan)

With wins over Charleston Southern and Eastern Kentucky, Maryland is now undefeated against the all-important directional opponents aspect of bracketology. (Matt Kelly)

E. Kentucky win, combined with Ralph Friedgen's continued domination over the KFC value menu, maintains Terps' undefeated record against Colonels. (John Hawkes)

It's finals week in College Park. I feel like there's a good Dino Gregory joke somewhere here. Anyone else wanna take this one? (Joey Flyntz)

The return of Dino Gregory to the Terps' lineup had the same impact that "Christmas with Dino" had on my family's tree-trimming festivities. Enjoyable, with some moments of sparkling entertainment, but not essential. (Bill Fitzgerald)

Welcomed Dino back against Western Kentucky. Pebbles should return once finals are over. (John Albers)

Might get caught napping while looking forward to the December 30 showdown with William & Mary. Wait, is that right? (Gavin Weiss)

The second-best Mary in the Atlantic 11. (Peter Keszler)

5. VCU

The Rams beat Richmond last week, but there's even bigger news in the capital city: The contest to name the Class AA Flying Squirrels mascot is underway. (Lacy Lusk)

Beat Richmond in The Battle of a Major Thoroughfare That Was at One Time Named After Jefferson Davis. (Bill Fitzgerald)

By beating the Spiders in the Battle for Richmond, the Rams have earned the coveted right to move away. (Max Wasserman)

Big win over a local rival on a neutral court. Hold up, I thought that last sentence was never allowed to appear in the Atlantic 11? (Jack Lambert)

Unlike Richmond and W&M, their football team is still undefeated. (Jake Leffler)

6. Richmond

What with the 8 legs, I think it's only natural that the Spiders are the official team of Hanukkah. (John Albers)

Lost to VCU in the city title game. But when you live in Richmond, are there any real winners? (Devin Perry)

Loss to VCU in Black & Blue Classic most disappointing defeat for native Richmanders since their loss in the Grey & Blue Classic of 1865. (Jack Lambert)

7. George Washington

Gave up 110 points in regulation to Providence, causing VMI head coach Duggar Baucom to laugh, then start weeping uncontrollably. (Jack Lambert)

After Providence game, the Smith Center has officially replaced freshman dorm Thurston Hall as the place with the most scoring on campus. (John Hawkes)

Tony Taylor is from Sleepy Hollow. Insert decapitation joke here. (Chris Bocquet)

Guard Tony Taylor is from Sleepy Hollow, NY. Yeah, and Pops Mensah-Bonsu is from Breakfast Cereal, CT. (Gavin Weiss)

Off this week to take finals and patronize the Curbside Cupcake van that spends far too much time near GW instead of near my office. (Markus Videnieks)

In the category of Most Effective Washington Area Athletes You've Never Heard Of, Lasan Kromah was just overtaken by Quinton Ganther. (Bill Fitzgerald)

So it's a good thing that there were 3,000 people in attendance to see Providence beat GW? If you say so. (Peter Keszler)

Their toughest game until January 10th is Harvard. Wait, really? (Adam Kowalsky)

8. Old Dominion

After wins over both the Monarchs and Patriots last week, Dayton is thinking that the alliance with the French and the Indians is really working out well for them. (Ivan Snyder)

The Monarchs, like George Mason and Towson, have a loss to Dayton. May I vote for the Flyers in this thing? (Lacy Lusk)

9. George Mason

If ESPN were to replay tape of the Creighton game in a few months as part of "Bracket Busters," would anyone know the difference? (Joey Flyntz)

You're a referee and you took the Mason moneyline. They are down by two to Creighton with 27 seconds left. What do you do? Call a technical. Brilliant. (Michael Radford)

Holds on to No. 3 ranking in the "Schools with George in their Names 3" Poll. (Mike Steele)

After losing to Dayton and winning a close one against Creighton, Jim Larranaga will no longer design his schedule by trying to write a Dr. Seuss book. (Ivan Snyder)

Loses to Dayton then beats Creighton. AD desperately looking to schedule a University of Bayton. (Adam Anthony)

Beat Creighton and lost to Dayton. Impossible to predict how they'll fare against Bo Bayton and Fee Fi Mo Mayton. (Bill Fitzgerald)

Next opponent is VMI. Patriots hope the Battle of I-81 is more successful than their last Garmin-based match-up. (John Regan)

Cam Long, strong and down to get the friction on. (John Albers)

10. Virginia

As a mid-major, doing a nice job of beating teams from lower conferences and playing close to teams from major conferences. This bodes well for a team trying to make a name for itself on the national - hold on, they actually play in the ACC? (Adam Kowalsky)

Point Guard Sammy Zeglinski's given name is actually Sandwich, but he's such a huge Rachel Ray fan that he goes by Sammy. Also, he loves EVOO. (Markus Videnieks)

Biggest victory so far is over Oral Roberts and yet somehow and I can't find a way to work a Tiger Woods joke in here anywhere. (Jamie Paquette)

Currently checking files for Sean Singletary's eligibility. (M. Pettiford)

AD Craig Littlepage was noticeably upset with the men's soccer national championship, since he was getting a 14-day itch and was hoping for grounds to buy out the contract of soccer coach George Gelnovatch. (Grant Kronenberg)

11. Morgan State

Has someone already made the "ACME of the MEAC" comment yet? Because that's all I've got. (Jamie Paquette)

Whither "Blogging with Boze?" I want to know how his "cats" are doing! (B. Sopchak)

Bears on the road for seven straight. Maybe Todd Bozeman should get scheduling advice from someone other than Fang Mitchell. (Bill Fitzgerald)

I actually know nothing about this team. I couldn't tell you where its located, what their mascot is, or a single player on their team. I just looked at their record this past week (1-1), and figured they should just stay where they are. (Adam Kowalsky)

Also receiving pith

Radford: Lost to Duke by 37 and Kansas by 35. 17 more games against top 25 opponents and they'll be ready to beat Kentucky by 1. (Jamie Paquette)

When doing my weekly research for the Atlantic 11 poll, my new favorite tradition is trying to figure out what conference Radford is in. (Clinton Yates)

Sunday's big matchup with Roanoke, surprisingly, had no bearing on my decision not to vote for Radford this week. (Charles Cox)

James Madison: Not being ranked in the Atlantic 11 is the single greatest Dukes-related ranking injustice this year not involving a Mottram. (Jack Lambert)

American: So American got 11 votes last week and UMBC? Since when did BCS football coaches get to vote in our poll? (Todd Turner)

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 20, 2009; 9:19 PM ET
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The VT loss to Temple is looking bad right now.

Posted by: sitruc | December 21, 2009 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Nothing puts the D.C. in D.C. Sports Bog like Virginia Commonwealth University and Morgan State.

Mmm, gimmee more of that sweet, sweet VCU action.

So meaty.

Posted by: hithere1 | December 21, 2009 8:21 AM | Report abuse

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