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Georgetown wins Atlantic 11 for third time


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A fourth season of Atlantic 11 voting is in the books, and for the third time, Georgetown has won the unofficial-but-potentially-life-changing championship of Bog voting, slipping ahead of the Terps in the final week thanks to conference tournaments. This is also the third time that Maryland has finished second. That's information you won't find anywhere else in the world. (Though if we had voted after the tournament ended last season, the Terps likely would have moved to first.)

(Here's the final 2008 poll, which ended with VCU and Maryland on top. Here's 2007, which was topped by Georgetown and George Mason. And here's 2006, with another Georgetown and Maryland pairing.)

Anyhow, five teams from the District, Maryland and Virginia made the NCAA tournament field -- Georgetown, Maryland, Richmond, Old Dominion and Morgan State, seeded in that order, though I say Richmond has the easiest path to the second weekend. That's the same number of local teams in the tourney as last year, down from six in 2007 and seven in 2006.

The actual 11 teams in this final poll have been the same 11 teams that have appeared in this space for like 700 weeks in a row. Aside from Georgetown re-taking the top spot, Morgan State hopped in front of VCU, and Virginia skipped in front of GW, and everything else stayed the same.

Also, the final RPI report lines up very nicely with our final rankings: Georgetown (7th), Maryland (24th), Richmond (25th), Old Dominion (27th), William & Mary (58th) and Virginia Tech (59th),are the same top six teams, with only W&M and Virginia Tech reversed in order.

Here are the totals. We have team, record (through Sunday's games), points and first-place votes. Last week's standings, and more hilarity, are found below. Thanks to everyone for voting; you only get thanks for reading if you hit refresh a bunch of times.

1. Georgetown (23-10) 481 (39)
--Next: NCAA tournament Thursday vs. Ohio.
--Hoyas now looking to avoid upset against the hot hand of [whoever that young dude is] from [that small mid-major school]. (M. Pettiford)

2. Maryland (23-8) 457 (10)
--Next: NCAA tournament Friday vs. Houston.
--We are just days away from Maryland fans determining whether Gary Williams is a genius or an absolute moron. (Gavin Weiss)

3. Richmond (26-8) 389
--Next: NCAA tournament Thursday vs. St. Mary's.
--So, if the Spiders win their BracketBuster matchup against St. Mary's, do they get to then play in the real tournament? (Jack Lambert)

4. Old Dominion (26-8) 370 (2)
--Next: NCAA tournament Thursday vs. Notre Dame.
--Harangody & Lee. Enticing NCAA matchup of talented big-men or new uber-preppy clothes line? (Jake Leffler)

5. Virginia Tech (23-8) 260
--Next: NIT Wednesday vs. Quinnipiac.
--There are a few things we can depend on in life: death, taxes, the demise of the newspaper industry, and Seth Greenberg whining on national television about not getting into the NCAA tournament. (Grant Kronenberg)

6. William & Mary (22-10) 233
--Next: NIT Tuesday at North Carolina.
--Set to play the Tar Heels for all the leftover marbles. (John Albers)

7. Morgan State (27-9) 191
--Next: NCAA tournament Friday vs. West Virginia.
--Morgan State and West Virginia would both be 1 seeds in the Inappropriate Coach's Attire Tournament. (Joey Flyntz)

8. VCU (22-9) 161
--Next: CBI Tuesday at No. 11 George Washington.
--Pretty bad when your NIT bubble bursts. (Devin Perry)

9. George Mason (17-14) 66
--Next: CollegeInsider.com Tuesday vs. Fairfield.
--Any wager on a CollegeInsider.com tournament game comes with a complimentary gambling addiction intervention. (John Albers)

10. Virginia (15-16) 49
--Next: Season over.
--Sylven Landesberg was suspended for failing to live up to his academic obligations. Guess that means he accidentally wore socks with his boat shoes to class. (Devin Perry)

11. George Washington (16-14) 44
--Next: CBI Tuesday vs. No. 8 VCU.
--The unveiling of the CBI bracket made dozens of people half-heartedly wonder if they get HDNet from their cable or satellite provider. (Jamie Paquette)

Also receiving votes: Radford 39, American 9, UMBC 8, James Madison 7, Mount St. Mary's 7, VMI 6, Longwood 5, Norfolk State 5, Navy 3, Howard 2, Coppin State 1.

Last week's rankings
1. Maryland
2. Georgetown
3. Richmond
4. Old Dominion
5. Virginia Tech
6. William & Mary
7. VCU
8. Morgan State
9. George Mason
10. George Washington
11. Virginia

Additional Pith

Georgetown

Vegas puts the Hoyas at 20-1 to win the NCAA title at this point. Vegas coincidentally also put the odds at 20-1 for me getting not calling in sick this Thursday and Friday. (Jamie Jones)

There's just something so enjoyable about seeing Spike Lee cheering for the losing team in Madison Square Garden. Da'Sean Butler should have given him the choke sign at the end to cap it. (Joey Flyntz)

Hoyas are hotter than that hot chick on that show. (Chris Bocquet)

I think this is now the 18th consecutive Hoyas team that can be described as "enigmatic." (Jamie Paquette)

Maryland

Gary Williams was disappointed to find out the "Cougars" are not a team of hot-to-trot 40-something women. (Jamie Paquette)

Finally Greivis Vasquez and Tom Penders will be granted the opportunity to discuss hair styles in person. (John Albers)

Anaheim in 2001, Orlando in 2008 and now, maybe, St. Louis in 2010; are Maryland and Georgetown purposely only meeting in places Tiger Woods had extra-marital sex, and if so, can we expect a 2014 matchup in the storage closest at the Hooters in Kernersville, N.C.? (Jack Lambert)

Selection committee grants Terps' wish to get as far away form Greensboro as possible. (Mike Steele)

Why do I anticipate that I will be seeing Gary Williams make a face identical to that at the top of this poll in the next week? (M. Pettiford)

There are 21,400 Google results for "Georgia Tech" shot clock violation" "over Maryland." Can't wait for next Monday's "Greivis Vasquez shimmy over Spartan mascot comeback dagger" search results. (Jamie Jones)

Richmond

CBS should play "One Shining Moment" if anyone manages to pronounce "Gonzalvez" correctly. (John Albers)

Am I the only one just realizing that the "Gaels" are named for the Gaelic people and not for very strong winds? (Jamie Paquette)

It appears Richmond's 7-seed is retaliation for being part of the Confederacy. That, or the selection committee has never actually watched an Atlantic 10 basketball game. (Gavin Weiss)

Old Dominion

I'm laying odds on Dick Enberg saying something about the Monarchs "developing a case of Abromaitis" at some point during Thursday's game. (Jamie Paquette)

It hardly seems fair to make the Irish play the day after St. Patrick's Day. Hitting the front end of a one and one with a splitting headache and one eye closed is as hard as it sounds. (John Albers)

Monarchs hoping that Notre Dame enjoys to much luck of the Irish on Bourbon Street before Thursdays game. (Devin Perry)

If I am the 100th joke mentioning the Monarchs are playing Notre Dame after St. Patrick's Day, can I get like a free sandwich or something? (Jack Lambert)

Virginia Tech

Thanks to some clever editing of footage from 2008 and 2009, Seth Greenberg was able to comment on his omission from this year's tournament without even being present. (John Albers)

"Hello, head coach of top third Big East/Big XII/Big Ten/SEC school. How about we play a home-and-home series or maybe even a 2-for-1 in the upcoming years. K Thx. Bye." Hey look, I just did Seth Greenberg's job better than he does. (Joey Flyntz)

Scheduling DeMatha in order to increase strength of schedule for 2011. (M. Pettiford)

Seth Greenberg still wondering how his road win at Hawaii (Hilo) didn't carry more weight with the selection committee. (Jamie Jones)

So beating North Carolina Central 72-30 wasn't enough to secure a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament? (Briscoe)

Whoever said Tech didn't beat anyone obviously wasn't looking at the NIT Bracket. It's a Who's Who of teams that the Hokies were willing to play. (Jake Leffler)

Wins over Atlantic 11 bottom dwellers Longwood, VMI, and UMBC were great assets to securing a No. 1 NIT seed. (Devin Perry)

Who knew that a strength of schedule in the 300s would come back to haunt them? (Chris Bocquet)

Seth Greenberg will be awarding spots in Wednesday's starting lineup to any player who can successfully spell "Quinnipiac." (Jamie Paquette)

Man, when did Seth Greenberg's life turn into a Thomas Hardy novel? (Jack Lambert)

William & Mary

The selection committee has assured the Tribe that a third road win over an ACC team will get them into the tournament. (Jamie Paquette)

Now that that distraction is over, when is Busch Gardens opening? (M. Pettiford)

In an effort to give credit to both William AND Mary together, W&M has announced that their new mascot will be the Trannies. (Michael Palan)

Guaranteed to be the only NIT team thrilled to be there. (Adam Anthony)

Went from fringe bubble team to 5-seed in the NIT against North Carolina. Hey Lunardi, way to mess that one up. (Brendan Darr)

William should be able to keep up with North, but I don't see how Mary is going to stop Carolina. (Jack Lambert)

VCU

The Virginia Tech of the NIT. (Jake Leffler)

VCU couldn't even make the NIT. When did the NIT get all selective? (Brendan Darr)

Morgan State

On the bad side, the Mountaineers have been red hot heading into the tournament. On the good side, Da'Sean Butler should be much easier to throw to the ground than Blake Griffin. (Jack Lambert)

It's never good when you're in the tournament for a second straight year and upon mentioning the school's names, people still ask "Where's that?" (M. Pettiford)

Bears hit the announcer lottery by getting Gus Johnson for their game against West Virginia, so either the game will be close or it will be the most exciting 30-point loss in NCAA history. (Jamie Paquette)

About as likely to win a game in the NCAA tournament as Morgan is to become a state. (Gavin Weiss)

George Mason

Coach Jim Larranaga said that the CIT is "an excellent opportunity to give our players a taste of the postseason." In other news, the Patriots are expected to take part in the George Mason co-ed intramural 3-on-3 basketball playoffs. (Gavin Weiss)

Virginia

Trying to rank Virginia without Sylven Landesberg in this poll is like the selection committee trying to rank Purdue without Robbie Hummel, except that Purdue is good and that decision actually matters. (Jake Leffler)

If it only took kicking the best player off the team to get another ACC win, the Hoos should be playerless by now. (Jamie Jones)

At least the Cavaliers now are free to attend Dave Leitao's Third Annual Mid-March Bull Roast. (Jack Lambert)

Spring must be here. Khaki shorts have replaced khaki pants, collars are popped again, girls are in sundresses, and Virginia is not playing basketball after the Friday of the ACC tournament. (Grant Kronenberg)

George Washington

College Basketball Invitational: It's like the NCAA Tournament with beer goggles. (John Albers)

Will Karl Hobbs even bother to put "Participant - College Basketball Invitational 2010" on his resume? (Jamie Paquette)

As a recent UVA grad, here are some CBI pointers. 1. Unless you want to learn about trusses, don't go to cbi.com. The actual website is: www.gazellegroup.com/events/cbi (I have no idea either). And don't bother with espn.com. Your scores aren't there. 2. No, your games are not on TV. 3. If you try and fill out a CBI bracket, your co-workers will judge you. (Jake Leffler)

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 15, 2010; 7:07 PM ET
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball  
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Posted by: texansay | March 15, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Uh-oh. I'm sure soon enough the usual lot will make their way over here to say that MD should be #1.

Oh well.

At least I can post on this blog still.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | March 15, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully next season Steinberg, and the rest of the WaPo sports journalists', confusion over the definition of "local" will be corrected. I mean really, are there no newspapers in Virginia? St. John's College in New York is about an hour CLOSER to DC than VT is. Not to mention the other mid-major schools that no one cares about at least 2-3 hours away in "Lee Land." The ONLY "local" D1 school in Virginia is GMU. Please leave the other teams of the Confederacy out of it.

The Atlantic defined as Division I teams in the Balt-Wash Area is as follows:

-UMCP
-Georgetown
-GWU
-Towson
-Howard
-Coppin State
-Morgan State
-Loyola
-American
-Navy
-UMBC

Posted by: TheMarylander | March 15, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully next season Steinberg, and the rest of the WaPo sports journalists', confusion over the definition of "local" will be corrected. I mean really, are there no newspapers in Virginia?

St. John's College in New York is about an hour CLOSER to DC than VT is. Not to mention the other mid-major schools that no one cares about at least 2-3 hours away in "Lee Land." If we're going to go bonkers, you might as well include Rutgers, Delaware, Penn State, WVU and a whole lot of other teams that are more local than Radford, ODU, or VT.

The ONLY "local" D1 school in Virginia is GMU. Please leave the other teams of the Confederacy out of it.

The "Atlantic 13" (yeah, that's a bad number) defined as Division I teams in the Balt-Wash Area is as follows:

-UMCP
-Georgetown
-GWU
-Towson
-Howard
-Coppin State
-Morgan State
-Loyola
-American
-Navy
-UMBC
-GMU
-Mount St. Mary's

Posted by: TheMarylander | March 15, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Wow, the things people get pissed off about these days. Someone please bring up health care. PLEASE.

Posted by: dpowellutkedu | March 16, 2010 6:45 AM | Report abuse

a) The term Atlantic is flexible. The old D1scourse listing featured the same jurisdictions plus Delaware.

b) Steinberg has hinted that the poll may not even exist next season so this entire dispute may end up moot.

Posted by: evwill | March 16, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

"The Atlantic defined as Division I teams in the Balt-Wash Area is as follows"

Some might say there is no such thing as a "Balt-Wash" area - just an airport.

Thanks for another excellent poll season, Dan. I like the eccentricities of the eligible area.

Posted by: Kev29 | March 16, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Seriously,
You're really going to argue about the geographical makeup of a pretend ranking of local schools? A pretend ranking that carries no actual significance whatsoever other than to give Steins something to discuss every week? You do realize that Dan could create a Maryland/NorthCarolina/Virginia/West Virginia/Kentucky/New Jersey/ uber-mid atlantic poll if he wanted to, considering it's his blog?

I guess the 7 people that vote for Towson, Coppin State, Morgan State, and Loyola need a say too.

Posted by: jbanks979 | March 16, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Maryland's strength of schedule at the conclusion of the regular season: firmly in the top 25 in the nation. So where is the Bog clown VTduffbeerman to tell us that "Md plays a joke of a schedule every year" and that his Vtech squad (and their sweet non conference SOS, ranked 339 out of 347 teams in the country) is the real deal?

Posted by: Barno1 | March 16, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

I am hoping for an Atlantic 11 lacrosse poll next year

Posted by: 1dixon | March 16, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

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