Local Poll Week IV: An early title
Anticipation is already building around here for the next exciting week of college basketball. Why, just look at the matchups. Maryland is off. George Washington is off. George Mason is off. Virginia Tech plays Charleston Southern. And in the week's marquee showdown, William & Mary grapples (grapple?) with Vassar. That's a good'un.
For the fourth straight week, the lucky 11 schools to grace this poll do not change, making this the biggest waste of server space since Talking Points. (Joking!) William & Mary and VCU both jumped up two spots, and Richmond went two spots down. That's drama.
Georgetown remains the only nationally ranked team, though Virginia Tech and William & Mary are at least receiving votes. Also, William & Mary (19), VCU (22) and Richmond (34) are all prominently featured in the super-early, essentially meaningless RPI rankings.
Here are the totals. We have team, record (through Sunday's games), points and first-place votes. Last week's standings are found below. More of the hilarious pithy comments will appear at a later time. If you're not so excited you could eat your laptop screen with nothing but a few squirts of malt vinegar on top, there's something wrong with you.
1. Georgetown (8-0) 884 (87)
--Next: Saturday vs No. 8 Old Dominion.
--That one-point squeaker over Temple doesn't look so bad anymore...except for the part where they combined for 91 points. That part was bad. (KC Costanzo)
2. Virginia Tech (8-1) 671
--Next: Saturday vs. Charleston Southern.
--When Michael Vick offered to give the Hokies a scouting report on their Saturday night opponent, he had to be reminded that the game was against Penn State and not state pen. (Matt Kelly)
3. William & Mary (6-2) 620
--Next: Saturday vs. Vassar.
--Hosting Vassar on Saturday, unless the weather is really nice, in which case Vassar will likely bail on the game and contemplatively read poetry under large oak trees instead. (Markus Videnieks)
4. Maryland (6-3) 567 (1)
--Greivis Vasquez promised after the Eastern Kentucky game to keep being the "crazy guy" who makes plays people shake their head at. Meanwhile, Gary Williams promised to keep being the "sweaty guy" who loves golf. (Jack Lambert)
5. VCU (6-2) 515
--Next: Saturday at Tulane.
--Upset Richmond in the Emphysema Invitational. (Markus Videnieks)
6. Richmond (7-2) 452
--Next: Wednesday at South Carolina, Saturday at Florida.
--Clash with VCU was the biggest Battle of the James River since the Monitor and the Merrimac. Now we just need to get David McCullough to narrate the highlights as violin music plays in the background. (Jamie Paquette)
7. George Washington (7-2) 439 (1)
--Played the role of Elin to Towson's Tigers. (John Albers)
8. Old Dominion (6-4) 229
--Saturday at No. 1 Georgetown.
--Monarchs split a pair for the second straight week. Always a good strategy with aces or eights at the blackjack table, not so good in college basketball. (Bill Fitzgerald)
9. George Mason (5-5) 178
--After a loss to Dayton and a win over Creighton, George Mason looks ahead to upcoming tilts with Gary Payton, Steve Slaton, and Royce Clayton. (Gavin Weiss)
10. Virginia (4-4) 105
--Next: Saturday vs. UNC Wilmington.
--Unlike past few years, Virginia isn't the worst local ACC school in basketball and soccer. Just basketball. (Jake Leffler)
11. Morgan State (6-4) 88
--Bears playing 15 of their first 18 games on the road this winter to accommodate mascot's hibernation schedule. (Mike Steele)
Also receiving votes: Radford 37, Towson 17, Navy 13, James Madison 11, American 8, UMBC 8, Coppin State 7, Mount St. Mary's 5, Howard 4, Md.-Eastern Shore 4, Norfolk State 3, Liberty 1, VMI 1.
Last week's rankings
2. Virginia Tech
5. William & Mary
6. George Washington
8. Old Dominion
10. George Mason
11. Morgan State
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