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Local Poll Week IV: An early title

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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)
--Next: Off.
--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)
--Next: Off.
--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
--Next: Off.
--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
--Next: Off.
--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
1. Georgetown
2. Virginia Tech
3. Maryland
4. Richmond
5. William & Mary
6. George Washington
7. VCU
8. Old Dominion
9. Virginia
10. George Mason
11. Morgan State

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 14, 2009; 4:46 PM ET
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball  
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Can we please revoke the voting privileges of the people who gave Maryland and GW first place votes.

Posted by: HoyaSinceBirth | December 14, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Cheese Boy-

Why poke the angry old dragon? Why?

Posted by: Tony-Tony-Tony | December 14, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

looks like Mason and Virginia are out of order. i also expected at least one joke about "hostesses" and recruiting.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | December 14, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

I've got W&M ahead of Tech, VCU ahead of Maryland, and Morgan ahead of Mason, but I like that the top 7 are well ahead of the rest. Gotta think that the Mason players would prefer to schedule Leighton Meester ahead of Royce Clayton.

Posted by: fitzfacts | December 15, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Fair rankings. I think W&M will drop out once conference play begins, though. It is only a matter of time.

Posted by: Randy_Hawkins | December 15, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Why would you expect WM to drop out once conference play begins? They already beat VCU, probably the best team they'll have to face in the CAA.

Posted by: coldasweiss | December 15, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse


I hope I'm wrong, and I hope you're right. But I just have a funny feeling that they'll fade once they get into conference play. This team only won 10 games last year. I know Schneider is a good player, and they have a couple of other decent players on the team, but I don't see this team keeping up the pace. They play Maryland after Christmas, so that will be another test for them.

Hey, they beat my team in Richmond already, so I guess I need them to keep winning so their RPI can stay strong and that loss won't look so bad. :D

Posted by: Randy_Hawkins | December 15, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

I'll say it here so I can be first. W&M will beat Maryland.

Posted by: HoyaSinceBirth | December 15, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

I'll say it here so I can be first. ODU will beat Georgetown. And if they don't, there are plenty of Big East teams waiting to knock the Hoyas down to size like they did last year.

Oh, and W&M is also a mirage folks...maybe not in their conference, but as the #3 team in the area.

I also think Va Tech is overrated. Let's see how this list stacks up at the end of the year.

Posted by: Jeremy76 | December 16, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

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