Local Poll Week V: ODU Again?
If you figured that massive upsets of top 20 teams by Old Dominion and Richmond were going to scramble these rankings, you figured wrong. We here know what we know, and what we know is that Georgetown is No. 1, and Virginia Tech is No. 2., and William & Mary is No. 3, and last week's events didn't change any of that.
For the fifth straight week, the lucky 11 schools to grace this poll do not change. No, I'm not sure why we're doing it, either, but it saves me from wandering the cold parking lots at FedEx. Richmond and Old Dominion both jumped up two spots, and George Washington--which didn't play--went two spots down. That's drama.
Georgetown is still the only nationally ranked team, at 14th in the AP and 13th in the coaches. Virginia Tech, William & Mary and Richmond combined for eight total votes in the AP poll, and 25 in the coaches. Also, William & Mary (14), VCU (19) and Richmond (22) continue to dominate 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. And now, to the parking lots.
1. Georgetown (8-1) 568 (28)
--Next: Wednesday vs. Harvard.
--Next year, the Hoyas plan to play all their out-of-conference home games in a broom closet at Georgetown Prep. (Chris Fish)
2. Virginia Tech (9-1) 560 (21)
--Next: Tuesday vs. UMBC.
-- It's faculty and staff appreciation night Tuesday at Tech, with all staff receiving two free tickets upon purchase. Nice, but I heard at Virginia they give out million-dollar buyouts. (Jack Lambert)
3. William & Mary (7-2) 471 (8)
--Next: Tuesday at Radford.
--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)
4. Richmond (8-3) 408
--Next: Tuesday vs. UNC Greensboro.
--Spiders lose at South Carolina but win in Florida. This is known in political circles as the Giuliani Gambit and is not considered a good strategy. (Bill Fitzgerald)
5. VCU (7-2) 382
--Not sure what to make of Head Coach Shaka Smart saying the Rams took a step backwards defensively after taking a step forward versus Richmond, but if this results in Larry Sanders coming out dressed as MC Skat Kat, then I'm all for it. (Jack Lambert)
6. Old Dominion (7-4) 379 (7)
--Next: Wednesday vs. Charlotte.
--Coach Blaine Taylor cleaned the snow off of his car with his mustache. (John Albers)
7. Maryland (6-3) 371 (2)
--Next: Tuesday vs. Winston-Salem, Sunday vs. Florida Atlantic.
--College Park students celebrate the blizzard by making ice sculptures of couches and trying to light them on fire. (Bill Fitzgerald)
8. George Washington (7-2) 222 (1)
--Next: Tuesday at East Carolina.
--First they took the Orange Line, then a win over Towson captured the Baltimore Light Rail. Should they claim the Short Line and B&O Railroad, we'll all owe Karl Hobbs $100 dollars. (Jarrett Carter)
9. George Mason (5-5) 114
--Next: Tuesday vs. VMI.
--To help keep revenues up in a rebuilding year, the team will now be known as "George Mason Basketball presented by Beef O'Brady's." (Jamie Paquette)
10t. Virginia (4-4) 67
--Next: Monday vs. NJIT, Wednesday vs. Hampton.
--Add Mother Nature to the list of opponents that the Cavaliers can't defend against. (Jake Leffler)
10t. Morgan State (6-4) 67
--Next: Tuesday vs. Towson.
--Has someone already made the "ACME of the MEAC" comment yet? Because that's all I've got. (Jamie Paquette)
Also receiving votes: Radford 27, American 16, Loyola 9, James Madison 8, VMI 8, Liberty 6, UMBC 5, Navy 4, Towson 4, Mount. St. Mary's 2.
Last week's rankings
2. Virginia Tech
3. William & Mary
7. George Washington
8. Old Dominion
9. George Mason
11. Morgan State
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