Local Poll Week XI: Snow'd Dominion
A few observations:
* Our number of voters was virtually cut in half this week. This is the sort of week you learn who really wants it, and who lets a little snow stand in the way of a vote in a meaningless college basketball poll. Some of you just don't have that fire in your sternum.
* What the heck, we'll publish it anyhow.
* The remaining voters finally shook things up. Richmond made a massive climb, from ninth to fourth. Old Dominion dipped from third to fifth. Virginia dipped from fifth to seventh. The actual 11 teams did not change.
* The top six teams each have at least 16 wins, and no more than 7 losses. That's pretty impressive.
* The week ahead promises more excitement than a blizzard in July; George Mason faces both VCU and Old Dominion, while Virginia faces both Maryland and Virginia Tech.
* Nationally, Georgetown remains seventh in the AP poll, eighth in the coaches', and eighth in RPI. Maryland is on the verge of busting into the rankings, at 29th in the AP poll and 32nd in the coaches'. Virginia Tech and Richmond are also receiving votes.
* It was a good week in RPI; Richmond jumped eight spots to 31st, Old Dominion jumped 10 spots to 36th, and Maryland jumped five spots to 44th. William & Mary is 51st, VCU is 52nd, Virginia Tech 62nd and Virginia 94th.
Here are the totals. We have team, record (through Sunday's games), points and first-place votes. Last week's standings are found below, and there's more hilarity even further below.
1. Georgetown (17-5) 349 (28)
--Next: Tuesday at Providence, Sunday at Rutgers.
--After Obama, Biden and Pelosi have attended recent games, Georgetown looking to switch West Virginia to a home game to attract Robert Byrd, next in the line of succession. (Ivan Snyder)
2. Maryland (16-6) 310 (8)
--Next: Wednesday vs. No. 7 Virginia, Saturday at Duke.
--Gary Williams will motivate team with chip-on-the-shoulder "The Washington Post is out to get us" mentality, following the paper's closure of its College Park printing press. (Mike Steele)
3. Virginia Tech (18-4) 233
--Next: Wednesday at N.C. State, Saturday vs. No. 7 Virginia.
--Malcolm Delaney says he likes playing Clemson because Hokies can "kill that press." Sounds like Sarah Palin would enjoy playing Clemson. (Dan Steinberg)
4. Richmond (18-6) 202
--Next: Wednesday at Rhode Island, Saturday at St. Bonaventure.
--As a joke, Spiders players sent Josh Duinker out on Friday to try to buy a shovel, a pack of D batteries, and some toilet paper. (Jamie Paquette)
5. Old Dominion (18-7) 194
--Next: Wednesday at James Madison, Saturday vs. No. 9 George Mason.
--Monarchs are really sick of Gerald Lee talking about how much more snow they get in Finland. (Jamie Paquette)
6. VCU (17-5) 190
--Next: Tuesday at No. 9 George Mason, Saturday at James Madison.
--After surprise lineup change against Old Dominion on Saturday, the first four minutes of the Larry Sanders Show were guest hosted by Kirill Pishchalnikov. (John Albers)
7. Virginia (14-7) 164
--Next: Wednesday at No. 2 Maryland, Saturday at No. 3 Virginia Tech.
--[insert joke regarding Virginia fans being elitists and/or Virginia basketball being mediocre. Rinse, repeat.] (Grant Kronenberg)
8. William & Mary (16-7) 108
--Next: Wednesday vs. Delaware, Saturday vs. Northeastern.
--Although they continue to fall in the CAA and A-11 rankings, let's focus on the positive. Darren Sharper went to W&M! (Sean R.)
9. George Mason (15-9) 81
--Next: Tuesday vs. No. 6 VCU, Saturday at No. 5 Old Dominion.
--Coach L bucked up his troops with a little Tolkein over the weekend: "So comes snow after fire, and even (Drexel) dragons have their ending." (Jamie Paquette)
10. Morgan State (17-7) 57
--Next: Monday vs. Bethune-Cookman, Saturday vs. Winston-Salem.
--Morgan State's schedule has more @'s than Arianna Huffington's twitter feed. (Bill Fitzgerald)
11. George Washington (12-10) 39
--Next: Saturday at Fordham.
--It's a good thing that Foggy Bottom is an underground Metro station. Otherwise, GW wouldn't have been able to lose to Duquesne on Saturday. (Sean R.)
Also receiving votes: Radford 10, Navy 8, UMBC 6, American 4, Mount St. Mary's 4, Coppin State 2, Howard 2, Md.-Eastern Shore 2, VMI 1.
Last week's rankings
3. Old Dominion
4. Virginia Tech
7. William & Mary
8. George Mason
10. Morgan State
11. George Washington
The thread by which they are holding on to this #1 spot is about as thick as a South Florida g-string. (Jamie Paquette)
Against Villanova, the Hoyas scored in flurries to bury the Wildcats deep in a drift of snow puns. (John Albers)
With Nancy Pelosi in attendance, Austin Freeman showed he can in fact go to his left. (Chris Bocquet)
Some Terrapins fans hate Greivis Vasquez because they feel he is not the sort of person who belongs in the Maryland program. Since, you know, he's actually good at basketball. (Max Wasserman)
To get his team fired up to play Saturday against North Carolina, head coach Gary Williams told the team about a story how he too, once took the Metro to work. (Timothy Lyden)
I secretly suspect that North Carolina is now being coached by Roy Williams' doppelganger, Huckleberry Hound. (John Albers)
Maryland students preparing "Deport Krzyzewski" signs for next week after getting some bright ideas from the FSU fans. (Ivan Snyder)
3. Virginia Tech
Imagine reading this headline as a non-native English speaker who doesn't know basketball: "Hokies use the free-throw line to claim victory over Clemson." (Jamie Paquette)
The Hokies and the Clemson Tigers combined to shoot 67 free throws, and two of the three officials had run out of spit by the end of the game. (John Albers)
Clemson's David Potter was wishing that he had Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley and Albus Dumbledore to help him against the Hokies. (Ivan Snyder)
5. Old Dominion
Win over William & Mary was best victory for Monarch over the Tribe since Pharoah enslaved the Israelites. (Ivan Snyder)
8. William & Mary
Tony Shaver's mustache becomes less remarkable the further south he goes. (Jamie Paquette)
10. Morgan State
In order to get more publicity for their program, Morgan State should appeal to Stephen Colbert and change their name to the Morgan State Bears And Balls. (Max Wasserman)
BracketBusters showdown with Murray State will only provide fodder for continuing blood feud between Joe Morgan and Eddie Murray. (Jamie Paquette)
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