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Posted at 5:19 PM ET, 01/10/2011

Atlantic 11 Week 7: Georgetown wobbles

By Dan Steinberg

(By Toni L. Sandys - TWP)

This is how you know the Atlantic 11 needs to be buried under a mound of mashed banana peels and instant lottery card dust: Georgetown can have the sort of miserable week it just had, and can lose three out of four overall, and yet the Hoyas still remain on top. It's not unanimous this week, but nevertheless, it's Georgetown.

As for the rest of the teams, there was some mild swapping, with Virginia Tech passing George Mason at No. 5, VCU passing Virginia at No. 7, and American passing Hampton at No. 10. Yes, American actually got a first-place vote. As did Richmond and Virginia Tech.

Nationally, Georgetown ranks 22nd in the AP and 19th the coaches' poll. Old Dominion, Virginia Tech and Richmond combine for seven points in the AP poll, while Old Dominion has seven points in the coaches'. Georgetown now has the third-best RPI in the country, with Old Dominion (28th), George Mason (53rd), James Madison (62nd), Virginia Tech (64th), VCU (67th) and Richmond (68th) all in the top 70.

Here are this week's results, followed by overall record, overall points, first-place votes and impeccable wit.

1. Georgetown (12-4) 440 (26)
Next: Wednesday, vs. Pittsburgh.

-- If you predicted that Georgetown would have the same number of wins this month as the Wizards thus far, you probably should have played the Mega Millions last week. (Gavin Weiss)

-- The Hoya Corrollary to the Monroe Doctrine states that it's really hard to win without a viable post-presence. (Markus Videnieks)

-- Hoyas fans are still working out the particulars on how to blame DaJuan Summers for the Hoyas recent swoon. (John Albers)

-- Losing to Bob Huggins and Steve Lavin in one week proves that Georgetown is suffering from what is commonly known in medical circles as "Hairdoaphobia." (Ivan Snyder)

2. Old Dominion (12-3) 368 (9)
Next: Thursday, at Drexel.

-- The appearance of "I. Philmore" in the Towson-ODU box score sounds like either a bad prank call by Bart Simpson or an autobiography of the 13th president. (Ivan Snyder)

-- Monarchs hit only 25 percent of their three-point FG attempts over the weekend and still won. Graham Gano realizes he chose the wrong sport. (Will Schleichert)

-- It was a good week for Blaine Taylor. He became that all-time winningest coach at ODU, won his 200th game with the Monarchs, and fellow mustache aficionado Tom Selleck is set to return for another season of Blue Bloods. (John Albers)

-- Angry Philly fans with time and smuggled snowballs on their hands will make Thursday's game at Drexel extra tough. (Markus Videnieks)

3. Maryland (10-5) 355 (8)
Next: Wednesday, at Wake Forest.

-- Loss at Duke stings, but with students on winter break, there was no one to riot anyway. (Brendan Darr)

-- Can we agree that Kyle Singler is Silas from The Davinci Code? (Josh Prywes)

-- Gary Williams's boys have dug themselves a Greenbergian RPI hole. (Markus Videnieks)

-- ACC Basketball: Where the team tied for first in the conference lost to Harvard and Yale. (Max Wasserman)

-- The Duke players spend more time on their back than an auto mechanic. It only took me 11 tries to come up with a simile that was remotely appropriate. (John Albers)

4. Richmond (13-4) 304 (1)
Next: Thursday, vs. Rhode Island.

-- Coaches say Kevin Smith would get more playing time if he wasn't so silent in practice. (Will Schleichert)

-- Richmond off to their best start since Jefferson Davis was in office. (John Albers)

-- Faces Rhode Island this week, whose best player is Akeem Richmond. Time for Spider Coach Mooney to insert Stanley Rhode Island into his starting lineup. (P.J. Meitl)

5. Virginia Tech (10-4) 295 (2)
Next: Thursday, at North Carolina.

-- A rash of injuries recently forced Seth Greenberg to accept a folding chair as a walk-on to the Hokies basketball team. Following his career at Virginia Tech, the folding chair hopes to continue his career as a member of the Redskins offensive line. (John Albers)

-- Jeff Allen had 24 and 11 in the win over FSU. You know what they say, the game really starts to slow down and get easier by your 9th year in college. (Markus Videnieks)

-- Seth Greenberg said he "channeled his inner Jimmy Boeheim" in switching to zone coverage. I would have thought having an inner Jimmy Boeheim would be able to get a team past the bubble. (Gavin Weiss)

6. George Mason (10-5) 185
Next: Wednesday, at Northeastern.

-- The Jai Lewis bobbleheads have virtually stripped the Mason campus bare of cheeseburgers. (John Albers)

7. VCU (11-5) 178
Next: Wednesday, at William & Mary.

-- Face 4-11 William & Mary Tribe on Wednesday. The last time there was a Tribe that bad, Willie Mays Hayes was popping out to short every at-bat. (Markus Videnieks)

-- Forward Jamie Skeen very happy to be with VCU, and wishes his ex, Wake Forest would stop calling him and stalking him on Facebook. (John Albers)

8. Virginia (10-6) 161
Next: Saturday, at Duke.

-- Unlike fans of The Office, Cavalier supports will get one more year of Michael Scott. However, just like fans of Outsourced, they still have to suffer through the rest of this season. (Jake Leffler)

-- Losing Mike Scott for the season hurts much less when it's in RBI Baseball and you can just start Nolan Ryan every game instead. (Markus Videnieks)

9. James Madison (13-3) 157
Next: Wednesday, vs. Georgia State.

-- In the rankings for the fifth straight week. This is the most press for James Madison since the Federalist Papers. (Andrew Wiseman)

-- All around the CAA, it was the same song last week as Humpty Hitchens led the Dukes to three wins over the dregs of the conference. (Markus Videnieks)

10. American (11-5) 53 (1)
Next: Wednesday, vs. Bucknell.

-- I've never seen Jeff Jones and Al Gore in the same place. Just sayin'. (John Albers)

11. Hampton (12-3) 43
Next: Saturday, vs. Norfolk State.

-- Earlier this season, Hampton's Charles Funches scored in bunches. Not lately though, and at 6'8" 210, I've got hunches that he'd score more if he ate extra lunches. (Markus Videnieks)

Also receiving votes: George Washington 33, UMBC 9, William & Mary 9, Morgan State 7, Radford 7, Navy 5, VMI 5, Mount St. Mary's 3, Norfolk State 3, Coppin State 2, Howard 1.

By Dan Steinberg  | January 10, 2011; 5:19 PM ET
Categories:  Atlantic 11, College Basketball  
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Thank you thank you thank you for including James Madison in your blog!

We have been pretty bad in basketball for some time... even Lefty had a hard time winning at JMU. Looks like the fan base excitement for the JMU football team has helped the basketball team a bit.

Posted by: jgarrisn | January 11, 2011 4:28 PM | Report abuse

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