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Posted at 5:36 PM ET, 02/ 7/2011

Atlantic 11 Week 11: Mason's Here

By Dan Steinberg

(By John McDonnell - TWP)

Georgetown is still not unanimous, but that's not the headline. The headline is the dissenters are now going with George Mason, which dominates the second-place voting, sprints from No. 6 to No. 2 is all over the national news. That's pretty cool. I really wish George Washington would be third. Then there would be so much George at the top. Like, three Georges. George is awesome. Way better than James. Or Morgan.

Elsewhere, Virginia Tech falls from second to fourth, Old Dominion falls from fifth to seventh, Richmond and Hampton move up one spot each, and Maryland and American fall one spot each.

Nationally, Georgetown is11th in both polls. Mason has 19 votes in the AP poll, good for 32nd, and 13 in the coaches', good for 31st a tie for 30th. VCU is still receiving three votes in the latter poll.

Georgetown's RPI remains at No. 5, followed by George Mason (23rd), Old Dominion (29th), VCU (53rd), Virginia Tech (68th), Richmond (74th), Maryland (80th) and James Madison (95th). But don't worry, Terps fans: Longwood will help your RPI a lot.

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

1. Georgetown (18-5) 316 (29)
Next: Wednesday at Syracuse, Sunday vs. Marquette.
--Also ranked No. 1 in my Verizon Center 11, just edging out the Caps and Disney on Ice presents Princess Wishes. (Sean McLernon)

2. George Mason (19-5) 275 (3)
Next: Tuesday at UNC Wilmington, Saturday vs. No. 9 James Madison.
--Not sure where they came from, but they are here now. Sort of like conversation hearts. Also like conversation hearts, they're likely to be gone in two weeks. (Jamie Jones)

3. VCU (19-6) 210
Next: Wednesday at Delaware, Saturday vs. No. 7 Old Dominion.
--Dan Snyder considers suing the entire Rams athletic department for having a mascot with a beard and horns. (Briscoe)

4. Virginia Tech (15-7) 206
Next: Sunday vs. Georgia Tech.
--Fun Fact: Scientists say the truest forms of randomness on earth are insects in flight, the motion of electrons, and Virginia Tech basketball performances. (Max Wasserman)

--Already booking press availability for Seth Greenberg to explain why his team should have made the NCAA tournament. (Jamie Jones)

5. Maryland (15-8) 203
Next: Wednesday vs. Longwood, Saturday at Boston College.
--Longwood? in the middle of February? What, Wake Forest wasn't easy enough? (Peter Keszler)

6. Richmond (18-6) 166
Next: Wednesday at George Washington, Saturday vs. Saint Louis.
--Richmond beat Fordham, Fordham beat St. John's, St. John's beat Duke. That may be the closest anyone in the A-11 comes to beating Duke this year. (Ivan Snyder)

7. Old Dominion (18-6) 158
Next: Wednesday at William & Mary, Saturday at No. 3 VCU.
--After a beatdown against George Mason, Monarchs apply for a transfer to ACC, in order to lighten up their strength-of-schedule. (Jacques Arsenault)

8. James Madison (17-8) 73
Next: Wednesday at Drexel, Saturday at No. 2 George Mason.
--All the time I had allotted for writing a joke about James Madison was otherwise spent trying to start my car using The Force. (John Albers)

9. Virginia (12-11) 58
Next: Saturday at Florida State.
--The Revolution will not be televised, nor will the UVA-Miami basketball game. In case you were wondering, listening to your team choke away a victory on the radio is just as bad as watching it on TV. (Jake Leffler)

10. Hampton (18-5) 44
Next: Saturday at Norfolk State.
--Nothing prepares you for a loss a No. 1 seed quite like beating Maryland-Eastern Shore and South Carolina State in the same week. (Brendan Darr)

11. American (16-7) 52
Next: Wednesday at Bucknell, Saturday vs. Colgate.
--This American, like all Americans, was disgusted by Christina Aguilera's national anthem performance. (Chris Bocquet)

Also receiving votes: George Washington 18, Liberty 11, Navy 9, VMI 3, Longwood 2, Radford 2, Mount St. Mary's 1, Washington City Paper 1.

By Dan Steinberg  | February 7, 2011; 5:36 PM ET
Categories:  Atlantic 11, College Basketball  
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Go Patriots!!

Posted by: nationalsfan | February 7, 2011 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Steinz, now that is some impeccable wit right there.

Posted by: nordicus | February 7, 2011 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Yo Steinz, seems George Mason's 13 votes is tied for 30th in coaches' poll, not 31st. Me thinks your metacarpal digital spectrometer needs to be reconfigured!

Posted by: iubiquity | February 8, 2011 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Mason Love is where it's at, once again. But first, take care of business against UNC-W tonight, who's not to be overlooked.

This is all very, very exciting.
"My equilibrium, distabilized!"

The rise of the CAA continues.

Shout-outs: R.A.T., Spell, Darkness, "The Richmonder", Fire Maier, Wonder Bean

Posted by: WaPoPimp | February 8, 2011 8:34 AM | Report abuse

So Mason finally beats a Top 50 team, ODU at home and they jump 4 spots all the way to #2?!?! VCU has also beaten ODU, on the road, which was much more impressive. They also beat UCLA. Who was Mason's best win prior to ODU? Duquesne.

Guess it will just have to be settled on the court a week from today,

Posted by: metrosucks100 | February 8, 2011 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Who was Mason's best win prior to ODU? Duquesne.

Posted by: metrosucks100 | February 8, 2011 10:17 AM

Mason beat RPI #51 Harvard and RPI #52 Drexel. Though they were not top 50 wins, they were certainly pretty good. Mason has more top 100 wins than VCU and a better overall schedule.

Posted by: Kev29 | February 8, 2011 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Yo Steinz, seems George Mason's 13 votes is tied for 30th in coaches' poll, not 31st. Me thinks your metacarpal digital spectrometer needs to be reconfigured!

Posted by: iubiquity

Come now Dan you can't admit when you're in error.

Posted by: iubiquity | February 8, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Who are the people voting?

Posted by: jyd13 | February 8, 2011 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Weren't the Spiders beating the Rams by 30 when they cleared the bench?

Posted by: ChoppinBroccoli | February 8, 2011 5:43 PM | Report abuse

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