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Posted at 5:16 PM ET, 12/14/2010

Atlantic 11 Week 4: Georgetown. Still.

By Dan Steinberg

(By Michael Perez - AP)


Georgetown dominates this poll, now and forever. Again. Always. Even if they lose to Temple as Owls fans storm the court.

The interesting twist to this week's results comes after the Hoyas, where Richmond and Old Dominion have staked their claim to be next on top. Bad times in the ACC. Old Dominion jumps from 5th to 3rd, and George Mason jumps from 8th to 6th. Maryland, meantime, falls from 2nd to 4th. The Hoyas are close, but not quite unanimous in the top spot.

Nationally, Georgetown is ranked 15th in the AP and 13th in the coaches' poll. Richmond and Old Dominion combine for five votes in the AP poll, and for nine votes in the coaches' poll.

Here are this week's results, followed by overall record, overall points and first-place votes. And yes, people are really casting ballots for teams like 0-9 UMBC, 1-8 Howard and 1-7 Norfolk State.

1. Georgetown (9-1) 384 (35)

* Because Temple can't be. (Brendan Darr)

* In the new post-racial America, we have a black President and a white guy playing significant minutes for Georgetown. (Markus Videnieks)

* After wandering the desert of ineligibility for 9 games, Moses Ayegba was granted admission to the promised land, where he finished with 4 points in 2 minutes. (John Albers)

2. Richmond (8-2) 274 (2)

* Representing the western most progress of competent basketball in the state of Virginia. (John Albers)

3. Old Dominion (8-2) 271 (1)

* Held Dayton's Luke Fabrizius, the most fresh smelling player in college basketball, scoreless in Saturday's victory. (Markus Videnieks)

* Trian Iliadis had 15 points in the Monarchs' victory over Dayton. No word on how his brother Odysseus fared. (Chris Bocquet)

4. Maryland (7-4) 266

* Terps' three-point field goal percentage against BC about half of the Redskins' three-point field goal percentage against the Bucs, but the Terps can't blame the snapper or the holder. (Bill Fitzgerald)

* Allowed BC's Reggie Jackson to score 16 points, but kept him from killing the queen. (Markus Videnieks)

5. Virginia (6-3) 235

* Cavaliers growing weary of coach Tony Bennett's insistence that they have a "Swingin' Christmas." (John Albers)

* UVA's Mustapha Farrakhan and Radford's Evan Faulkner facing off was the "Battle of the Racially Charged Last Names." (Ivan Snyder)

6. George Mason (8-2) 203

* Results from the Battle of the Orange Line delayed due to single tracking. (John Albers)

7. VCU (6-3) 157

* Rams' shot at a statement win vs. Richmond slipped through their hands like a high snap on a rainy day. (Markus Videnieks)

8. Virginia Tech (5-4) 140

* At least they're almost bowl-eligible. (Briscoe)

* Now that Adam Dunn is in Chicago, Malcolm Delaney leads the DMV in games played without a meaningful post-season appearance. (Jake Leffler)

* Greenberg scheduled a week off for the little known Jewish holiday of "Yom Habubbleteam." (Ivan Snyder)

9. James Madison (7-3) 64

* I don't know why Humpty Hitchens transferred from Akron to JMU, but it might have something to do with the time he got busy in a Burger King bathroom. (Markus Videnieks)

* What does it say about the Atlantic 11 if a team can be 0-1 in conference play, and eighth in the CAA, but still be solidly in the poll's top 10? (Gavin Weiss)

10. Hampton (7-2) 44

* Hampton assistant Harvey Grant and his identical twin brother Horace are currently filming a reality series called the Pirate Trap, where each brothers takes turns coaching the men's basketball team, with the Hampton players being none the wiser. Outrageous hijinks ensue. (John Albers)

11. American (5-3) 27

Also receiving votes: George Washington 20, William & Mary 20, VMI 7, Towson 6, Navy 5, UMBC 5, Howard 4, Loyola 4, Norfolk State 4, Mount St. Mary's 3, Liberty 1, Morgan State 1.

By Dan Steinberg  | December 14, 2010; 5:16 PM ET
Categories:  Atlantic 11, College Basketball  
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Comments

VMI could rout Hampton, American and JMU. This is a team that played WVU all the way to the end.

Posted by: rademaar | December 14, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Richmond and ODU being ranked ahead of MD is a joke. The Terps would beat either team by 30.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 14, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Richmond and ODU are both in the RPI top 40. Maryland is #98 and 1-4 vs the top 100 (0-4 vs the top 50). UR is 3-2 vs top 100 and 1-1 vs top 50. ODU is 3-2 vs top 100 and 2-1 vs top 50. RPI isn't perfect, but I trust it more than the metric Barno used.

Posted by: cavalierjake | December 15, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Barno1 tries hard to not allow facts to get int he way of his arguments...

Posted by: funkey | December 15, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

ODU beat Richmond at ODU by 7. I would at least give ODU the nod over them for now.

Posted by: mls27 | December 15, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Winning at home is not a statement that you are a better team than someone. Homecourt is usually worth a good 10-15 points.

Posted by: FlyersSuck | December 15, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Gavin Weiss' comment about JMU is ridiculous. everyone in the CAA has played 1 game and JMU is 0-1, calling them 8th is ridiculous, theyre really tied for 2nd! and look closely, they have 4th best overall record.

rademaar claims VMI would rout them because they played WVU tough. WVU isn't even ranked while JMU played #6 Kansas State til the end

Go Dukes

Posted by: skinsfan00atg | December 15, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Yeah. That's great and all, but the Pith is Back!

Posted by: nordicus | December 16, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

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