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Posted at 4:40 PM ET, 01/ 3/2011

Atlantic 11 Week 6: Georgetown, unanimous

By Dan Steinberg

(By L.G. Patterson - AP)

For what I believe is the first time this season, Georgetown is now the unanimous No. 1 men's basketball team in the District, Maryland and Virginia. As determined by 36 random Washington Post readers.

(Yes, we need more committed voters. Sign up by e-mailing me.)

(Yes, we took a week off there. Yes, we could take 714 weeks off and Georgetown would still be No. 1.)

As for the rest of the teams, Maryland moved up from fifth to third. Virginia dropped from fourth to seventh. No one else moved more than a single spot. As before, eight of the top 10 teams hail from Virginia. Local college basketball has reached stasis, if that's a real word.

Nationally, Georgetown ranks 13th in the AP and the coaches' poll. Old Dominion, fresh off a 23-point loss to Missouri, gets six votes in the coaches' poll. Georgetown now has the best RPI in the country, while Old Dominion is 21st. James Madison is 48th and has the third-best RPI in the region, while George Mason is 56th and Virginia Tech 61st.

Here are this week's results, followed by overall record, overall points, first-place votes and hilarious observations that will make you hilariously cry with hilarity.

1. Georgetown (12-2) 360 (36)

* Beat No. 16 Memphis, lost to No. 15 Notre Dame. Hoyas should now be No. 15.5 in the AP poll. (Chris Olson)

* Proving that it's possible for a basketball team to win both at the Verizon Center and away from it. (Gavin Weiss)

* Jokes about Georgetown wrapping up its non-conference cupcake schedule put on hold when voters noticed that DePaul actually plays in the Big East. (Mike Steele)

2. Old Dominion (9-3) 246

* The seedy underworld of CAA conference play is upon us. Time for me to figure out what channel CSN+ is on my cable package again. (Markus Videnieks)

3. Maryland (9-4) 235

* Haven't beaten anyone good, but in the spirit of the NFC West, they are just one game out of first. (Markus Videnieks)

* How long before the Kevin Anderson gets Calhoun to replace Gary? (Ben Shlesinger)

* Couldn't Maryland have asked for Jim Calhoun as a throw-in on the Randy Edsall deal? Or even Geno Auriemma? (Gavin Weiss)

* In regards to the Randy Edsall hiring, remember that "Terp" is only one letter away from "Derp." (Max Wasserman)

* Can't help but feel that Randy Edsall is the coaching equivalent of a set of steak knives. (John Albers)

* Based on his schedule, Gary Williams's favorite show is clearly "DC Cupcakes." (Peter Keszler)

* Blowout home wins against NJIT and North Florida prepared Terps well to be the victim of a blowout at Duke next week. (Ivan Snyder)

4. Richmond (11-4) 218

* Spiders shooting 1-of-8 from the free-throw line down the stretch against Bucknell was almost as big a disaster as Spiderman on Broadway. (John Albers)

5. George Mason (9-3) 199

* In the midst of a three-game stretch against Dayton, Duquesne, and Delaware, before starting with the E's. At this rate, they won't play Youngstown State until 2015. (Gavin Weiss)

* Don't feel bad, Patriots. I'm not too good at Dayton either. (John Albers)

6. Virginia Tech (9-4) 187

* Non-conference wins over St. Bonaventure, South Carolina-Upstate, and Mount Saint Mary's should really impress the NIT selection committee. (Ivan Snyder)

* In order to buff up their tournament resume, the Hokies have asked that game reports of their win over Mount St. Mary's write "Mount" in really small letters. (Max Wasserman)

* Lost to every good team they've played, but I'm sure Seth won't let facts get in the way during his inevitable rant about being left out of the NCAA's again. (Peter Keszler)

* Hokies called "same seats" for this year's trip to the bubble. (Markus Videnieks)

7. Virginia (9-5) 150

* This is the only poll in which a team ranked 294th in scoring is worthy of a top 10 ranking. (Markus Videnieks)

8. VCU (9-4) 149

* Forward David Hinton attended R.J. Reynolds High School, where I imagine the school lunch came with a pack of Camels. (John Albers)

* Won the Richmond Marriott Holidays on the Hardwood Classic last week, which I'm pretty sure is a high school tournament. (Markus Videnieks)

9. James Madison (10-3) 90

* Semenov leading the Dukes to victories over the Thundering Herd and Golden Flashes sounds like something out of Russian History textbook. (Ivan Snyder)

* The Dukes' Humpty Hitchens has a weird routine before he shoots free throws -- first he limps to the side like his legs was broken, shakin and twitchin kinda like he was smokin.... (Markus Videnieks)

10. Hampton (11-3) 41

* The official attendance at Hampton's win on Saturday over Colorado State in San Francisco was 177. That's almost as many field goals as Graham Gano missed this year. (Markus Videnieks)

* Dodged a bullet when Leach wasn't hired at Maryland. They're still the only Pirates the sports section will cover. (Chris Olson)

11. American (9-5) 36

* Recently defeated Delaware in Santa Clara, Calif. Wouldn't it have been easier if they played at the Maryland House off I-95? (Sean's Ramblings)

* Vlad the Impaler's line against Delaware: 32 points, 7 rebounds, 5 heads on pikes. (John Albers)

Also receiving votes: George Washington 21, VMI 15, William & Mary 9, Morgan State 8, Liberty 7, Radford 6, Loyola 5, UMBC 5, Maryland-Eastern Shore 3, Mount St. Mary's 1, Navy 1.

By Dan Steinberg  | January 3, 2011; 4:40 PM ET
Categories:  Atlantic 11, College Basketball  
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Georgetown is now the unanimous No. 1 men's basketball team in the District, Maryland and Virginia. As determined by 36 random Washington Post readers


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Posted by: roditiko1 | January 3, 2011 9:51 PM | Report abuse

"Local college basketball has reached stasis, if that's a real word."

Stasis - noun, meaning "a period or state of inactivity or equilibrium."

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | January 3, 2011 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Something tells me that if the rest of us voters don't step up and learn something else funny about JMU, we're going to be subjected to 10 weeks of Humpty Dance references.

Posted by: mikeinrockville | January 4, 2011 11:34 AM | Report abuse

mikeinrockville, plead don't question Markus, the Lord of the Pith. Digital Underground jokes are hilarious...

Posted by: nordicus | January 4, 2011 2:38 PM | Report abuse

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