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Local Poll Week VII: Hoyas shoot the lights out

(Photo by Gail Burton - AP, editing by Ian Oland. Follow his twitter feed.)

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
1. Georgetown
2. William & Mary
3. Virginia Tech
4. VCU
5. Richmond
6. Old Dominion
7. Maryland
8. George Washington
9. George Mason
10. Virginia
11. Radford

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 11, 2010; 5:32 PM ET
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball  
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Virginia Tech ahead of Maryland... Really? I know those games against Brown (6-10), UNCG (3-12), UMBC (1-13), Longwood (3-12), VMI (4-9), Iowa (5-11), and the overtime thriller against UDel (5-11) were marquee wins, but....

Posted by: jrchris | January 11, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

ODU could own VT right now, just like we have four of our last five meetings. Prior to last night, VT had played NO ONE.

Posted by: newslowsad | January 11, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

I'm no Tech fan, but I don't think Maryland has any type of argument against any team in terms of assessing marquee wins. Let's talk about marquee losses for them.

Posted by: jcleggette | January 11, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

ODU is 5th... The same ODU team that lost by a billion to #10 GMU... I'm a bigger ODU supporter than the next guy, but even that is crazy talk.

And while Maryland seems to have a better schedule than VT, until they actually lose to someone not a top 5 school, they will get my 2nd place vote.

Posted by: JJones-CapitalWeatherGang | January 11, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, it's really kind of a joke that Maryland is number 4. Votes cast before Md's 9 pt win over a ranked Florida State?

Posted by: Barno1 | January 11, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

outside of Florida State, look at Maryland's wins....this is why they're below Tech.

-Indiana University in Pennsylvania (whatever that is)
-Charleston Southern (that's a big time school)
-Fairfield (i'm sure they're good)
-New Hampshire (does anyone play basketball in NH?)
-Indiana (finally the real one... oh and by the way, they're barely .500)
-Eastern Kentucky (wrong Kentucky)
-Winston-Salem State (what??)
-Florida Atlantic (sounds close to a contender, just kidding)
-UNC Greensboro (wrong UNC)
-Florida State (first real win of the season)

Posted by: mopp04 | January 12, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Ha! This pith is worth repeating:

Five wins in a row? There hasn't been this much excitement in Charlottesville since Izod merged with Lacoste. (Bill Fitzgerald)

well played indeed Bill...

Posted by: putnam23 | January 12, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Virginia Tech's SOS is ranked 248th in the country. I think we need to take a moment and appreciate how amazingly crappy that is. Maryland's schedule is terrible and they still managed to stay in the top 100.

"How'd you do that? Heck, I'm not even mad; that's amazing."

Posted by: Kev29 | January 12, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

i blame the schedulers who are making us wait until February 27th for the Maryland-VaTech game.

lots of good pith this week, but i give the "pith of the week" to John Albers.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | January 12, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Maryland is 5 on my ballot. Great win Sunday but they were so bad in their losses. Tech lost to UNC but I thought the game was much more competitive than any of the Terps' first three losses. Most of the top 11 have a pretty decent shot at getting to the NCAA and throw Morgan State into the mix, too.

Posted by: fitzfacts | January 12, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Neither team has any real marquee wins, unless you count Maryland beating #18 FSU, but let's see...

Maryland lost to:

- #4 Villanova (14-1)
- #13 Wisconsin (12-3)
- W&M (12-3) "also received votes" in both polls and who also beat Wake Forest.
- Cincinnati (11-5) who would be ranked without those two overtime losses.

VT lost to:

- #12 UNC (12-4)
- #19 Temple (13-3)

Maryland and VT have shared two opponents so far:

- Charleston Southern: UMD won by 38, VT won by 23.
- UNCG: UMD won by 34, VT won by 13.

Posted by: jrchris | January 12, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

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