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Posted at 5:19 PM ET, 01/17/2011

Atlantic 11 Week 8: Georgetown. Yeah. Really.

By Dan Steinberg

(By Robert Willett - The News & Observer via AP.)


Having now lost 1,348 consecutive games, the Georgetown Hoyas remained atop the Atlantic 11 this week. It's anticipated that if their current losing streak continues, they'll fall out of the top spot sometime after losing to Chapelgate Christian Academy in January of 2015.

As for the rest of the poll, the biggest news was James Madison rocketing from No. 9 to within sniffing distance of No. 6. It's very dramatic. I almost sprang a spontaneous cuticle when I realized. Elsewhere, Virginia Tech passed Richmond for the No. 4 spot, VCU moved up one spot, George Mason -- which went 2-0 -- fell two spots, and Hampton and American swapped places at the bottom. No, Liberty and its 13-7 overall mark (7-1 in the Big South) still can't get a taste of the glory.

Nationally, Georgetown is tied for 23rd in the AP poll and in solo possession of 23rd in the coaches' poll. James Madison gets four votes in the AP poll and two in the coaches'. Everyone else gets chicken feed. Georgetown's RPI reminds in the top 10 nationally, followed by Old Dominion (30th), George Mason (49th), James Madison (61st), Virginia Tech (73rd), VCU (78th) and Richmond (83rd). Not a lot of at-large bids in that mess. And yes, four CAA schools have higher RPIs than either Maryland or Virginia.

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

1. Georgetown (13-5) 299 (18)
Next: Tuesday, at Seton Hall.

-- Hoyas are still on pace to have more road wins than the Wizards. Just kidding, Well, not really. (Patrick Waring)

-- Georgetown: Atlantic 11 as Duke: ACC. (Peter Keszler)

-- Just because you run the Princeton offense, doesn't mean you have to look like Princeton out there. (Markus Videnieks)

2. Old Dominion (13-4) 250 (4)
Next: Wednesday, vs. No. 7 James Madison.

-- Monarchs may have outlasted Drexel this week if Danish forward Anton Larsen didn't have his wooden shoes confiscated by TSA. (J. Jones)

-- Went to Hofstra and beat up on the Pride this weekend. No word on when they plan to take down dignity or self-respect. (Chris Bocquet)

-- Wednesday night will be a story as timeless as stories themselves, when the Monarchs attempt to subdue the Dukes with nothing less than Colonial leadership on the line. (Markus Videnieks)

3. Maryland (11-6) 234 (5)
Next: Thursday, vs. No. 4 Virginia Tech.

-- Terps have a new slogan: "Maryland Basketball: 32 minutes of Hell and eight minutes of wait, this game lasts 40 minutes?!" (Chris Bocquet)

-- Jordan Williams has double doubles more often than I could if I lived across the street from a In-N-Out. (Markus Videnieks)

-- On pace to set a school record for losses to good teams. (John Albers)

-- Much like the Redskins' defense, the Terps have a tendency to give up long runs. (Will Schleichert)

4. Virginia Tech (11-5) 186 (1)
Next: Thursday, at No. 3 Maryland.

-- BCS computers impressed by blowout win over Wake; NCAA Tournament committee unmoved. (Will Schleichert)

-- Beat the School for the Blind by 29. Wait, that was actually Wake Forest. (Brendan Darr)

-- The Maryland game Thursday is a classic trap game, with everyone the hinterlands of Virginia looking forward to Saturday's meeting with Longwood. (Markus Videnieks)

-- Seth Greenberg continues to find the best players from Puerto Rico. How he convinces them to leave paradise for Blacksburg is beyond me. (Chris Bocquet)

-- Remember that one time Malcolm Delaney passed? (Adi Joseph)

5. Richmond (13-5) 179 (1)
Next: Wednesday, vs. George Washington.

-- If Richmond's Dan Geriot were to become a rapper, he should go by Danger Riot. If Francis-Cedric Martel did, maybe Lil Quebecois. (Markus Videnieks)

-- Justin Harper scores 25 in the loss to Rhode Island. Reminds Mike Rizzo to look into Justin Maxwell/Bryce Harper love-child. Think of the OPS!! (J. Jones)

6. VCU (13-5) 152
Next: Wednesday, vs. Georgia State.

-- Four straight wins may have gotten them off the CBI bubble. (Brendan Darr)

7. James Madison (15-3) 150 (4)
Next: Wednesday, at No. 2 Old Dominion.

-- The second-most famous Dukes to area sports fans, following 106.7 The Fan's Chad. (Brendan Darr)

-- JMU's Humpty Hitchens looks A LOT like one of his teammates, only with a bigger nose and glasses. (Markus Videnieks)

8. George Mason (12-5) 146
Next: Wednesday, vs. Drexel.

-- Patriots still not sure why Antonio Cromartie doesn't like them. (John Albers)

-- These Patriots were able to stop a nosebleed over the weekend, as well as Georgia State. (Markus Videnieks)

9. Virginia (10-7) 85
Next: Wednesday, at Boston College.

-- After halftime leads evaporate vs. UNC and Duke, Cavs hopeful that NCAA tournament committee will consider a new stat: Quality Leads. (Will Schleichert)

-- If there can be a sprint-triathlon for athletes who can't do a full race, why can't there be a sprint-Atlantic 11 for teams who can only play well for 20 minutes? (J. Jones)

-- Cavs lost to Duke and UNC, but did beat South Carolina Upstate, which is close to North Carolina. (Gavin Weiss)

10. Hampton (13-4) 44
Next: Saturday, at Bethune-Cookman.

-- Pirates starting to feel a bit more embarrassment about their opening season loss at Wake Forest. (Ivan Snyder)

11. American (12-6) 33
Next: Wednesday, vs. Army.

-- This week's Post story revealed that Vlad Moldoveanu and Gheorge Muresan are friends. If basketball doesn't work out for Vlad, surely My Giant 2 can be arranged. (Markus Videnieks)

-- After the Eagles' victory over Colgate, the Raiders fell to 1-15 on the season, leading observers to wonder if there is any toothpaste left in the tube. (John Albers)

Also receiving votes: Loyola 17, Liberty 14, George Washington 11, Mount St. Mary's 10, Radford 10, Md.-Eastern Shore 8, VMI 3, Coppin State 2, Morgan State 2, William & Mary 2, Howard 1, Navy 1.

By Dan Steinberg  | January 17, 2011; 5:19 PM ET
Categories:  Atlantic 11, College Basketball  
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Comments

Sc#$w you, Markus: Princeton looks better/far more Princeton-y than GU so far!

/feigned indignation

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | January 17, 2011 5:58 PM | Report abuse

This poll is ridiculous, and boring.

Posted by: steven09 | January 18, 2011 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and insignificant.

The Hoyas haven't wanted to play Maryland, or even the BB&T tourney, since the days of Joe Smith. JT III is not the Hall of Famers that JT and Gary are.

This poll is only for the egotistical sports writers who want to vote on such things to think that they have a voice on something that matters but really is, did I mention, insignificant.

Atlantic 11? Where's Temple in this poll? Villanova?

Stupid poll.

Posted by: steven09 | January 18, 2011 1:30 PM | Report abuse

This is just stupid.

1. There is no shame in being a CAA team. It's a great conference.

2. No CAA team has a higher Sagarin Ranking, which is much more accurate and less political than the RPI, than Maryland.

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/sagarin/bkt1011.htm

3. No one even edits this. What does this mean? "Georgetown's RPI reminds in the top 10 nationally,"

Georgetown doesn't "reminds" me of a top 10 team in Sagarin.

4. Hey, Atlantic 11, watch out for Temple and Villanova, as if they counted as "Atlantic" teams. And Duke.

What a pointless waste of a sports writer's time.

Where is John Feinstein or Mike Wilbon when you need them?

Posted by: steven09 | January 18, 2011 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Wow

Posted by: Kev29 | January 19, 2011 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Wooden shoes from Denmark? Where do you find these guys?

Posted by: fitzge | January 19, 2011 12:23 PM | Report abuse

John Feinstein is to MD what Dickie V is to Duke.

Posted by: hoya3 | January 20, 2011 3:56 PM | Report abuse

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