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Hoyas do like Mason


I'm using this video mostly as an excuse to post last week's leftover Atlantic 11 pith, but I wanted to make sure I wasn't the only one having George Mason flashbacks at the very end of the Hoyas' comeback win over U-Conn. on Saturday. When Stanley Robinson put up that last-second three pointer, it was on the same Verizon Center court, same end of the floor, same corner of the court, in front of the same U-Conn. bench and same U-Conn. coach who watched Denham Brown's three-point attempt rim out at the buzzer in 2006.

'Course, Brown's three-pointer would have won the game; Robinson's was just for the tie. And as big as Georgetown's deficit was on Saturday, and as delirious as the Hoya fans got, the drama obviously couldn't compare. But still, it made me remember. Now, on to jokes about the Atlantic 11 that probably were funnier when they were written last weekend, but are still pretty funny.

1. Georgetown

If Greg Monroe and Chris Wright draw sabers on each other at dawn, does the Washington-based internet explode? (Jack Lambert)

The Hoyas might have wanted to give the home locker room at Verizon Center a good once over before their Saturday home game UConn. Just sayin'. (John Albers)

With the Washington Times out of the picture, Hoyas can now avoid media contact 50 percent more efficiently. (Mike Steele)

A good rule of thumb for fans: Always yell "Safety School!" when your team is playing Harvard. Just for the irony. (Max Wasserman)

Georgetown beat Harvard, Harvard beat George Washington, George Washington was played by David Morse in HBO's "John Adams" mini-series, David Morse was in "12 Monkeys" with Brad Pitt, and Brad Pitt was in "Sleepers" with...Kevin Bacon! (Mike Steele)

2. William & Mary

Beating Maryland at Comcast Center is sooooo last year. (Joey Flyntz)

The Tribe finally got revenge for Gary's shoddy treatment of fellow member of the "Tribe," Tamir Goodman. (Ivan Snyder)

In modern revisions of the classic fable, "The Tortoise and the Hare," the tortoise is defeated by the pug, the wren, and the phoenix. (Bill Fitzgerald)

Not your Founding Fathers' Tribe. (Greg Cota)

3. Virginia Tech

The football team killed Tennessee, the basketball team responded by taking a mediocre Seton Hall team to overtime. I'm sure the students are glad football is over. (Brendan Darr)

To beat Seton Hall, Virginia Tech had to rely on something called a Dorenzo Hudson, who scored 41 points. Is that one of those new hybrids? (Gavin Weiss)

In just two short years, Dorenzo Hudson has gone from vomiter to victor, from hurler to hero, from puker to preeminent-three point shooter. Talk about your boot and rally. (Bill Fitzgerald)

4. VCU

Same New Year's Resolution as every year -- vow to lose weight, vow to save money, vow to scour the cable menu every weekend to find which random channel is using its 1970s TV cameras to broadcast CAA games. (Markus Videnieks)

Is N.C. State available in the "Where Shaka Smart will coach next" pool? (John Albers)

In order to match the Rams' success, opposing CAA coaches are changing their names to match campy 80's singers. First up, RuPaul Larranaga. (Jack Lambert)

5. Richmond

This is how my notes look when I do my Atlantic 11 rankings: "Richmond -- NYE OT L @ WF OMG LOL". j/k ;) (Markus Videnieks)

In their game against Wake Forest, three Spiders fouled out and the team racked up 29 personal fouls, a yellow card and a penalty for intentional grounding. (John Albers)

Spiders starting to fade like Charlotte after the State Fair. Pass the tissues, please. (Bill Fitzgerald)

6. Old Dominion

Monarchs entered the week unbeaten at home, unlike Tiger Woods, if that email I got last week is to be believed. (Bill Fitzgerald)

According to Blaine Taylor, "Lightning struck twice" when ODU beat Georgetown again. If that's lightning striking twice, what would Georgetown actually playing Maryland twice be? The apocalypse? (Gavin Weiss)

7. Maryland

Gary, Gary, quite contrary, how'd Maryland lose to William & Mary? (Ivan Snyder)

The Annual Rites of Maryland basketball: 1. crushing loss to low/mid-major at home (CHECK). 2. Disappointing start to ACC schedule (PENDING). 3. Late run in which Gary argues for expanding the NCAA tournament field (PENDING). (Markus Videnieks)

Loss to William and Mary arrives right in time for the yearly Fire Gary Williams conversation, which will be snuffed out after they defeat a top 5 team in mid-February. No one ever gets tired of this repeating story. (Chris Bocquet)

Terps lost to William and Mary and lost out on Terrance Ross all in the same week. But then again, Greivis Vazquez didn't pull a gun on Jin Soo Choi, so all-in-all only the second-worst New Year's in DC. (Jack Lambert)

Terps lose to William and Mary, key recruit Terrence Ross decommits and, since bad things happen in threes, I can only guess that Greivis Vasquez go back to the white sneakers with yellow laces look he sported earlier this season. (Bill Fitzgerald)

Amid all the turmoil and Redskins drama, you know it's December if the Terps are losing to a mid-major at home. (Jamie Jones)

Terps have scheduled Florida State, Wake Forest, and Boston College as warm-up games for their next big Atlantic 11 match-up with Longwood on January 19th. (Mike Steele)

When your marquee win is against a team that Loyola also beat, the season isn't going quite as expected. (Max Wasserman)

8. George Washington

Was that the attendance for the Colonials' home game against Howard or was it someone's SAT score? (John Albers)

Not many coaches have the courage to schedule such a brutal Boston road trip with stops at Harvard and Holy Cross, but Karl Hobbs has never been one to duck the tough opponents. At 5'8'', he doesn't have to. (Ouch, two cheap shots in one pithy comment!) (Bill Fitzgerald)

The George Washington University: The school for students and basketball players not good enough for Harvard. (Max Wasserman)

9. George Mason

RIP, Washington Times sports staff. May you join Gunston, the Palace of Good Play and Tony Kornheiser's writing career in the netherworld of now defunct Washington sports institutions. (Jack Lambert)

If you thought Radford was moving ahead of GMU on my ballot with a head-to-head win and much better RPI, we'll...you're wrong. (Joey Flyntz)

10. Virginia

After big wins over NJIT and UAB, Cavs only have 19 letters of the alphabet left to go. (Ivan Snyder)

Win over No. 24 UAB is biggest in Tony Bennett era. Just curious, how many game does it take to make an era? (Lacy Lusk)

11. Radford

If the @gilbertarenas twitter feed was making pithy comments -- "RU Highlanders? idk ru?" (Markus Videnieks)

Artsiom Parakhouski continues to lead all Belarussians in A-11 scoring and straight awesome first names. (Chris Bocquet)

Also receiving pith:

Loyola: Greyhounds win at Indiana was the biggest upset the Hoosier State has seen since Jimmy Chitwood's teammates refused to run the picket fence against Muncie Central (/Simmonsed). (Bill Fitzgerald)

If Gary can claim Indiana as a tough non-conference win, and he will, then I can use it as an excuse to include the Greyhounds in the Atlantic 11. (Jack Lambert)

Morgan State: After participating in the Dr. Pepper Classic, a rumor is circulating that the soda company will be changing its recipe to include a 24th ingredient called "Bozeman." (John Albers)

I'll probably just vote these guys 10th every week for the hell of it. I really don't know a damn thing about them. Not gonna lie. (Joey Flyntz)

American: I hope whoever voted for them in the last poll made a clicking error. Really. Either that, or Longwood might get some love this week. (Will Prunka)

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 10, 2010; 3:14 PM ET
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball  
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Comments

I bet # 11 Radford makes the NCAA tourney and a LOT of the 10 teams in front of them do not.

Posted by: Rocky420 | January 11, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

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