Atlantic 11 Week 10: Hoyas win, Hoyas win
And now, a haiku:
It's winter again;
Seasons change; this poll doesn't.
Hoyas win. Always.
Georgetown is again on top of the Atlantic 11. Soon, I will call this the Georgetown 1, plus 10 other schools. Until the Hoyas bow out early in the NCAA tournament, I suppose. Oh, and the Hoyas weren't unanimous, thanks to two voters who voted Maryland No. 1. Feel free to ridicule those voters below.
Not much else to report. Richmond plummets from 3rd to 7th. Old Dominion creeps up from No. 7 to No. 5. No other school moved more than a single spot.
Nationally, Georgetown is 13th in the AP poll and 14th in the coaches' poll. VCU has charged up to 24 votes in the AP poll and 9 in the coaches', ranking 31st in both. Old Dominion got a single vote in the AP poll, from Joe Juliano of the Philadelphia Inquirer. (John Feinstein, by the way, has Georgetown 17th and VCU 18th, meaning he accounts for 8 of VCU's 24 votes.)
Georgetown's RPI is back in the top 5 nationally at No. 5, followed by Old Dominion (31st), George Mason (33rd), VCU (51st), Richmond (62nd), James Madison (66th) and Virginia Tech (68th) and Maryland (70th).
Here are this week's results, followed by overall record, overall points, first-place votes and impeccable wit.
1. Georgetown (16-5) 408 (39)
Next: Saturday vs. Providence.
-- Beat St. John's by 25, which beat Duke by 15, which beat Maryland by 7, which means Georgetown is 47 points better than Maryland. I don't know, that seems a little low. (Peter Keszler)
-- Upset Nova despite the players being confused as to why they were playing the game in Philadelphia and not Fairfax or Manassas. (Max Wasserman)
-- Beating Villanova on the road is more impressive than any of the Wizards' road victories this year. Well, if they had any. (Gavin Weiss)
-- Austin Freeman is more disruptive to Big East opponents than a rush-hour snowstorm is to D.C. traffic. And much easier to clean up after. (Sean McLernon)
-- Georgetown beating St. John's - Relevant for the first time in Chris Wright's life. (Laurence Reszetar)
-- As Georgetown continues its stranglehold on the A-11 top spot, a suicide watch is on for the two crazed Maryland fans who follow the A-11 poll (this means you, Barno1 and Steinbergisthedevil). (Ivan Snyder)
2. Virginia Tech (14-6) 285
Next: Wednesday at N.C. State, Saturday at Boston College.
-- Doing just enough to be the
64th 65th 69th best team in the nation. (Laurence Reszetar)
-- Doing just enough to miss the NCAA's by one spot, since 2005. (Jamie Jones)
-- Hokie fans take break from National Signing Day coverage to notice they have a basketball team. (John Albers)
-- The Hokies' team bus may have trouble finding parking for Wednesday night's game at N.C. State after Malcolm Delaney tells the Raleigh News & Observer that the RBC Center "might have the worst parking lot attendants ever." (Mike Steele)
-- Malcolm Delaney grazed someone while walking to class. He gasped, fell, and limped to the nearest free-throw line. (Markus Videnieks)
3. VCU (18-5) 273
Next: Wednesday at Northeastern, Saturday at No. 8 James Madison.
-- If there wasn't a character named Darius Theus in the movie 300, there should have been. (John Albers)
-- Wednesday's Northeastern game looks like it will coincide with Boston getting hit by a blizzard. Towson suggests getting on the road that morning. (Markus Videnieks)
4. Maryland (14-7) 272 (2)
Next: Wednesday vs. Duke, Saturday vs. Wake Forest.
-- It's Duke week. Time for P.G. County cops to shift their focus from corruption to beating up drunk kids. (Markus Videnieks)
-- Some Maryland students burned couches after St. John's blew out Duke on Sunday. They probably figured "Hey, a team in red and white beat Duke, we should burn something." (Ivan Snyder)
-- Sure, the Terps have won three ACC games in a row, but how will fans respond to the devastation of Maryland's streak of 409 straight games with a 3-pointer coming to an end? (Sean McLernon)
-- Gary Williams claims he was misquoted in The Post. He actually said the ACC is the best Mid-Major conference in country. (Tim O'Kane)
-- Penn State win actually starting to look good? Who would have thought? (Peter Keszler)
5. Old Dominion (17-5) 256
Next: Wednesday vs. Delaware, Saturday at No. 6 George Mason.
-- Killed Towson on Saturday, dropping them to 0-11 in the CAA. But at least the Tigers got to the game before scheduled tip-off this time. Baby steps. (Markus Videnieks)
-- Nothing helps make a ranked Atlantic 11 team feel better about quite like a game against Towson. (Sean McLernon)
-- I only trail the Monarchs by one vote in this week's AP Poll. (John Albers)
6. George Mason (17-5) 251
Next: Wednesday vs. Hofstra, Saturday vs. No. 5 Old Dominion.
-- If Towson and George Mason are 70 miles apart, and a bus full of basketball players leaves Towson in a snowstorm at 3 p.m. travelling 55 mph, how long will it take that bus full of basketball players to be reprimanded by CAA officials? (Ivan Snyder)
-- Last week's game against Towson was delayed because Towson's team bus driver, Ms. Frizzle, wanted to teach the players a lesson about snow. (Mike Steele)
-- Nobody shows up fashionably late to George Mason's house without losing by at least 20 points. (Sean McLernon)
-- With a lineup featuring players such as Cam Long, Luke Hancock, and Rashad Whack, I'm forced to ask, is this a college basketball team or an adult film cast? (Gavin Weiss)
-- I can't be the only one who gets "Return of the Mack" stuck in their head every single time they see M. Morrison in Mason's box scores. (Markus Videnieks)
-- 7. Richmond (16-6) 210
Next: Wednesday vs. St. Joseph's, Saturday at Fordham.
-- Beat one Ohio team but fell to the other, meaning the Spider's A-10 Tournament seed will be decided by the popular vote. (Max Wasserman)
-- Was torched by Xavier's Tu Holloway for 33 points Saturday. No word yet on what Tu's brothers Je, Il, Nous, and Vous are up to. (Markus Videnieks)
-- Loss to Xavier caused by Richmond players angering Xavier's Tu Holloway by referring to him as "Tu" and not the formal "Usted." (Ivan Snyder)
-- Looking to add girth to the Spiders' front line, Coach Mooney has put the front court on the John Wall diet. (Briscoe)
8. James Madison (17-6) 106
Next: Wednesday vs. William & Mary, Saturday vs. No. 3 VCU.
-- The Dukes come away with a win in their game against the Blue Hens at the Bob Carpenter Center. No word as to whether F.P. Santangelo was on hand. Don't worry, all 13 people that follow the Nationals will understand. (John Albers)
-- Coach Matt Brady's pre-game instructions to Humpty Hitchens: Doowutchyalike. (Markus Videnieks)
9. Virginia (11-10) 72
Next: Wednesday vs. Clemson, Saturday at Miami.
-- There's no shame in losing at Wake Forest; all teams struggle in Winston-Salem. Except Maryland. And Gonzaga. And VCU. And Winthrop. And Stetson. And Presbyterian. (Max Wasserman)
10. American (15-7) 47
Next: Sunday at Lehigh.
-- Beat Lafayette by 13 with the help of Vlad Moldoveanu's 17 points and 12 impalings. (Gavin Weiss)
-- Phil Bender is second only to Moderate Conservative amongst fictional Washington D.C. figures. (John Albers)
-- Nothing says Super Bowl pre-game like AU @ Lehigh Sunday at 2. Come on CBSCollegeSports, hook it up! (Markus Videnieks)
11. Hampton (16-5) 40
Next: Saturday vs. South Carolina State.
-- Tough loss to Florida A&M, but that just shows how there is so much parity in the MEAC. Or a lack of any really good teams. Whatever way you want to put it. (Sean McLernon)
-- For the first time this season, I have Hampton Inn my Atlantic 11 poll. And apparently, my pith has no shame. (John Albers)
Also receiving votes: William & Mary 16, George Washington 14, Liberty 13, Navy 9, VMI 7, Loyola 6, Mount St. Mary's 6, Longwood 2, Radford 2, Coppin State 1.
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