Local Poll Week VII: Hoyas shoot the lights out
Those gold jerseys still weird me out. But the Terps' home win in the gold was enough to catapult them back up to No. 4 in the Atlantic 11, behind such traditional powers as William & Mary and Virginia Tech. Virginia, which has won five straight since being snowed out, moved up to No. 8. VCU, which lost two of three, fell to No. 7. The Rams also dropped in the RPI from 15th to 55th. Ah, CAA regular season, how I've missed you.
Similarly, after the William & Mary Tribe/Pugs/Phoenix climbed to No. 2 in the RPI a week ago, reality (and a game against Delaware) set in. Still, the locals rank fairly well: Georgetown is 12th, William & Mary 23rd, Richmond 26th and Old Dominion 40th. Georgetown is still the only nationally ranked team, at 11th in the AP and coaches polls. Virginia Tech and William & Mary are still receiving votes. And I'm still waiting for the inevitable WaPo feature on the Tribe/Pugs/Phoenix, unless I already missed it.
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.
1. Georgetown (12-2) 715 (71)
--Next: Thursday vs. Seton Hall, Sunday at Villanova.
--Austin Freeman's 28-point second half against -Conn can never be taken away from Hoya fans. Unless he brings a gun to the Verizon Center, in which case all memory of him can be erased in less than three days. (Jack Lambert)
2. William & Mary (12-3) 608
--Next: Thursday vs. James Madison, Saturday vs. Hofstra.
--Andrew Pavloff has made 100 percent of his free throw attempts this year, but David Schneider has to ring a bell every time Pavloff steps to the line. (Bill Fitzgerald).
3. Virginia Tech (12-2) 471 (1)
--Next: Wednesday vs. Miami, Saturday at Florida State.
-- Late in their game against UNC, Malcolm Delaney took to donning a Santa outfit and ringing a bell to try and solicit some sort of contribution from his teammates. (John Albers)
4. Maryland (10-4) 405
--Next: Tuesday at Wake Forest, Saturday at Boston College.
--Ahhhh yes, the fun has officially started in College Park with a huge conference win against FSU. Can we just agree to skip to the part where the Terps are squarely on the bubble before losing at Virginia in the final game again? (Joey Flyntz)
5. Old Dominion (12-5) 402
--Next: Wednesday at UNC Wilmington, Saturday vs. Drexel.
--Beat Hofstra by 11, handing the Pride its fifth loss in seven games. Looks like Hofstra's plan to drop football and concentrate on other sports is going really well. (Devin Perry)
6. Richmond (12-5) 284
--Next: Wednesday vs. U-Mass., Saturday vs. LaSalle.
-- Being the best basketball team in Richmond is like being the best half-smoke in Manassas. (Jamie Jones)
7. VCU (10-4) 263
--Next: Tuesday at Hofstra, Saturday at Georgia State.
--With two losses to inferior opponents last week, VCU is getting kicked out of the top 5 and put back at 11:30. (Jake Leffler)
8. Virginia (9-4) 160
--Next: Wednesday vs. Georgia Tech, Saturday vs. Miami.
--Five wins in a row? There hasn't been this much excitement in Charlottesville since Izod merged with Lacoste. (Bill Fitzgerald)
9. George Washington (11-4) 132 (1)
--Next: Wednesday at LaSalle.
--T-shirt guns will no longer be allowed at the Smith Center. (Jamie Paquette)
10. George Mason (9-7) 125
--Next: Wednesday vs. Georgia State, Saturday at James Madison.
-- Their 25-point loss to Northeastern still only qualified as the second worst performance by a Patriots team in Boston over the past week. (John Albers)
11. Radford (8-6) 66
--Next: Thursday at Coastal Carolina, Saturday at Charleston Southern.
-- Belarusian Art Parakhouski is leading the Big South in "Bloc"ed shots. (Jamie Paquette)
Also receiving votes: Morgan State 26, Towson 14, James Madison 7, Navy 6, VMI 6, Mount St. Mary's 5, American 4, Loyola 2.
Last week's rankings
2. William & Mary
3. Virginia Tech
6. Old Dominion
8. George Washington
9. George Mason
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