Local Poll Week XIV: Maryland's Return
On Nov. 23, the fourth and possibly final season of the Atlantic 11 began with Maryland in first place. The next week, Georgetown ascended to the top spot, and the Hoyas have remained there ever since, at times as a nearly unanimous selection. Until now.
These results were compiled before the Hoyas lost to West Virginia. Sure, the official pollsters still label the Hoyas the best team in the DMV, but if you've been following the two teams all season, that seems like a nearly impossible argument by this point. So, congrats, Gary. I know this has been a long time coming. More notes.
* Richmond went 0-1 and moved up in the rankings to third. That's gotta be a first.
* Virginia Tech's losing skid sent the Hokies tumbling to No. 5 in the rankings. And Virginia fell all the way to No. 11. The Virginia-based CAA teams, meanwhile, continued to switch spots in the poll's jiggly underbelly. Besides JMU. Also, not sure whether Radford will ever get another shot at this here poll, but for the record, the Highlanders are 18-11, with a 27-point win over George Mason on their resume.
* Georgetown fell to 19th in the AP and 20th in the coaches' poll, and that was before losing to West Virginia. Maryland comes back in at 22nd/23rd. Richmond is 27th/31nd. Virginia Tech is 34th/32nd. The area continues to dominate in the area of likely 6-9 seeds.
* As I type, Georgetown slipped another spot to 13th in RPI, but remains the best in the area. Maryland had a huge leap up to 25th. Richmond remained fairly steady at 28th. Old Dominion inched up to 38th. Virginia Tech dropped eight spots to 52nd, William & Mary dropped 11 spots to 59th, and VCU inched down to 65th. Virginia is at the bottom of the RPI ocean somewhere.
* Current NCAA tourney projection: still six teams (Georgetown, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Richmond, Morgan State, CAA champion, though Tech is obviously hanging by a Seth Greenberg receded hair). Four of the top five CAA seeds are from Virginia, so I still assume that league's champ will represent the Commonwealth.
Here are the totals. We have team, record (through Sunday's games), points and first-place votes. Last week's standings are found below.
1. Maryland (21-7) 549 (35)
--Next: Wednesday vs. Duke, Saturday at No. 11 Virginia.
--Considering how much Greivis Vasquez seems to enjoy getting yelled at, I'm surprised he's not married already. (John Albers)
2. Georgetown (19-8) 517 (20)
--Next: Monday at West Virginia, Saturday vs. Cincinnati.
--It could be worse. They could have lost to Notre Dame in football. (Max Wasserman)
3. Richmond (22-7) 435 (2)
--Next: Thursday vs. Dayton, Saturday at Charlotte.
--The Spiders's Kevin Smith has really been playing well since Southwest Airlines kicked him off that airplane for being too fat. (Ivan Snyder)
4. Old Dominion (23-8) 382 (1)
--Next: Saturday, CAA quarterfinals.
--With 23 straight wins at the Constant Convocation Center, the Monarchs are almost as unbeatable there as they are at McDonough Gymnasium. (Lacy Lusk)
5. Virginia Tech (21-7) 371
--Next: Wednesday vs. N.C. State, Saturday at Georgia Tech.
--But the beer is ok, right? (Devin Perry)
6. VCU (20-8) 239
--Next: Friday vs. Delaware, CAA first round.
--The Rams traded buckets down the stretch with Old Dominion until both teams decided to just keep their own respective buckets. (John Albers)
7. William & Mary (20-9) 229
--Next: Saturday, CAA quarterfinals.
--If I call David Schneider's 22 points on 25 shots in the Tribe's loss to Towson horrifying, will you suspend me for two weeks from Atlantic 11 voting. (Jack Lambert)
8. George Mason (17-13) 122
--Next: Saturday, CAA quarterfinals.
--Next up is the CAA Tournament, which is sponsored by the Virginia 529 Savings Plan. What was the back-up plan if that fell through -- the Weenie Beenie in Shirlington? (Markus Videnieks)
9. George Washington (16-11) 91
--Next: Wednesday vs. St. Joseph's, Saturday at Temple.
--Colonials making plans to hang 2010 Atlantic 10 Tournament Appearance banner in the Smith Center. (Scott Allen)
10. Morgan State (22-9) 90
--Next: Monday vs. North Carolina A&T, Thursday vs. Coppin State.
--But seriously, have you seen Virginia lately? (Brendan Darr)
11. Virginia (14-13) 75
--Next: Wednesday at Boston College, Saturday vs. No. 1 Maryland.
--Tony Bennett's squad must be giving up winning for Lent this year. (Matt Holohan)
Also receiving votes: Radford 36, American 13, Mount St. Mary's 10, James Madison 9, Navy 4, Towson 3, VMI 1.
Last week's rankings
3. Virginia Tech
5. Old Dominion
6. William & Mary
9. George Mason
10. Morgan State
11. George Washington
Finally, a week with an undisputed No. 1. Barno can breathe a sigh of relief. (Jamie Jones)
Greivis Vasquez becomes first 2,000 point/2,000 jersey-pop player in ACC history. (Gerald O'Hara)
Greivis Vasquez reportedly offered to help Virginia Tech officials mop up the mess from the water main breaks outside of Cassell Coliseum on Saturday. (Scott Allen)
In Like a Lamb, Out Like a Lamb: The recent history of Georgetown basketball in March. (John Albers)
Hoyas have lost four of their last five, begging the age-old question, if a highly-rated big man fails to lead his team to the Sweet 16, will his head coach receive the same criticism a certain red-faced, sweaty man received just a year ago? (Gary Williams)
Struggling a bit, but still beat Duke, which even Maryland's football team can't say this year. (Jamie Paquette)
The Hoyas playing without Austin Freeman is like the Atlantic 11 without Bill Fitzgerald. (Jamie Jones)
Someone needs to tell John Thompson III that a No. 1 ranking in the Atlantic 11 has no bearing on NCAA tournament seeding. (Devin Perry)
Not only did Syracuse beat Georgetown, to add insult to injury, they passed D.C. in yearly snowfall total, too. (Jamie Jones)
Canadian forward Francis-Cedric Martel only averages 2.6 points per game, but he knows way more about curling than anyone else on the team. (Markus Videnieks)
Time for some Amazing Carnac. Answer: "A pipe base, a tournament case and the blood vessels in Gary Williams face." Question: "What are three things that burst in Blacksburg this weekend? (Jack Lambert)
So a truck full of Bud Light crashes into a fire hydrant, thus rendering the toilets all over a major campus unflushable and putting a huge game in question. My question is this -- when that becomes the basis of a Super Bowl ad next year, does the dummy who drove the truck get royalties? (Markus Videnieks)
Chanting "U-S-A" and losing in overtime not just for American Hockey fans this weekend. (John Albers)
Congrats, Hokie fans, you ripped off a racist cheer from N.C. State. You can't sink lower than that. (Joey Flyntz)
Tech fans now realize why Coach Greenberg has been such a proponent for expanding the tourney. (Jamie Jones)
Seth Greenberg now starting to regret decision to turn down BracketBusters invitation. (Ted Gotsch)
Seth Greenberg is pulling out his hair trying to reconcile the fact that VT's worst loss is at UNC, and yet the Hokies are still on the bubble. (Markus Videnieks)
Rams press release compares head coach Shaka Smart's win over former mentor and Akron coach Keith Dambrot to Daniel LaRusso defeating Mr. Miyagi. No, really. (Scott Allen)
VCU has a home-court advantage for the CAA tournament, giving their students a chance to say goodbye to Larry Sanders and a chance to maybe spend three consecutive nights in Richmond without commuting home. (Jack Lambert)
Missed out on a CAA bye for the first time since Eric Maynor's Freshman year, which was roughly about 1997. (Jake Leffler)
William & Mary
Every Monday morning at 6 a.m., my alarm goes goes off to the strains of Sonny & Cher's "I Got You Babe," I look outside to see a snow-covered landscape and I log on to my computer to check and see if William & Mary have announced their mascot. And they never do. (John Albers)
Just switch your masoct already so we can make new jokes. (Markus Videnieks)
William & Mary last won 20 games in 1997. Incidentally, that's also the last time the Tribe's athletics website was redesigned. (Scott Allen)
I'm not sure who's fared worse in 2010: the CAA in BracketBusters or the Democrats in pretty much everything. (Jamie Paquette)
Did Northeastern guard Chaisson Allen write Duke on his chest before that late whistle? (Devin Perry)
In the ultimate of ironies, finishing at the bottom in the Atlantic-10 conference is rewarded with not having to go to Atlantic City. (Max Wasserman)
Todd Bozeman is longing for the days when he coached in a cupcake conference like the Pac-10. (John Albers)
Just wait until the birthers see that Morgan State's recent opponent, UMES, has a backup center from Africa named Freddy Obame Obame. (Markus Videnieks)
Todd Bozeman faced off against an old friend last Saturday night. No, it wasn't a ham sandwich. (John Albers)
Beat Norfolk State in last week's Atlantic 11 Double Overtime game that didn't involve unflushable toilets. (Markus Videnieks)
The U.S. would be a lot more fun if we had an actual state named "Murray." (Jamie Paquette)
Another week of wins, another chance to read a "Todd Bozeman to every college job in america" story. (Jamie Jones)
LOL. (Joey Flyntz)
When it comes to downhill speed, Lindsey Vonn has nothing on Cavaliers. (Scott Allen)
Not sure if any of the Cavaliers remaining games are worthy of being shown on ESPN360. (John Albers)
Well that was a fun two weeks of following the Olympics. Back to college basketball. I'm sure not much has changed with the Cavs at the top of the ACC, right? (Max Wasserman)
Fans liked this team a lot more when their games were getting snowed out. (Jamie Jones)
They are who we thought they were! (Markus Videnieks)
Signs your basketball team is in trouble: Your lacrosse team is scoring more points per game. (Jamie Jones)
My girlfriend thinks Tony Bennett is dreamy. Better him than Jim Larranaga I suppose. (Scott Allen)
The snow is melting.
Disappearing like Cav hopes.
It's time for Foxfield. (Laurence Reszetar)
Creeping up on relevance like Jay Mariotti at a Super Bowl Party. (Jamie Paquette)
The Highlanders have won seven of their last eight, surpassing "Rest Area reopened" as the No. 1 topic around town. (Jamie Jones)
Art Parakhouski took the nation's lead in double-doubles. Does that help Belarus's medal count at all? (Lacy Lusk)
You have to wonder what Art Parakhouski thinks about America after spending the majority of his time in Idaho and Blacksburg. (Devin Perry)
In an effort to aid their rise in the polls, one player was quoted postgame as saying, "I am Connor MacLeod of the Clan MacLeod. I was born in 1518 in the village of Glenfinnan on the shores of Loch Shiel. And I am immortal." Wait, that's the wrong Highlander? (Will Prunka)
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