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Posted at 5:56 PM ET, 02/21/2011

Atlantic 11 Week 13: Georgeeeeeee

By Dan Steinberg

(By Dawn J. Sagert - AP)


It may be President's Day, but George Washington is still, by far, the least cool George around. And yes, I would have been embarrassed to type that had I thought anyone was on their computers on President's Day Evening, traditionally a night celebrated with Kumquat Rum and Dried Turnip Tapenade. See? No one's reading. Doesn't matter what I write. The old gray mare jumped over the Camembert pie. Nothing.

Georgetown's claim to unanimity was weakened a bit more this week, as the Hoyas got 21 of 27 first-place votes, and all the other voters busied themselves with the kumquats and turnips. The Hoyas and George Mason combined to receive 53 of 54 first- and second-place offerings.

Virginia Tech and Old Dominion swapped places at 3 and 4. Likewise with Maryland and VCU at 6 and 7. Hampton fell from No. 9 to No. 11, and American and Virginia each moved up a spot.

Nationally, Georgetown slipped two spots to 11th in both polls. Mason is up from 30th to 27th in the AP poll, and remains at 26th in the coaches' poll. No one else got votes.

Georgetown's official NCAA RPI drops one slot to No. 5. Then comes George Mason (20th), Old Dominion (28th), VCU (57th), Richmond (64th), Virginia Tech (65th), James Madison (76th) and Maryland (85th). Yeah, JMU still has a higher RPI than Maryland, though the Terps managed to overtake Hofstra this week.

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

1. Georgetown (21-6) 262 (21)
Next: Wednesday vs. Cincinnati, Saturday vs. Syracuse.
--Cincinnati Bearcats coach Mick Cronin looks like he devotes a lot of time planning how not to get his lunch money stolen again. (John Albers)

2. George Mason (23-5) 249 (6)
Next: Thursday vs. Northeastern, Saturday at Georgia State.
--If San Diego State is this year's George Mason and George Mason plays San Diego State in the tourney, will there be an implosion of the space-time-mid-major continuum? (Ivan Snyder)

--Even "The King's Speech" is tired of these guys winning. (Jake Leffler)

--Patriots now possess the longest active winning streak in Division I at 13 games. Norman Chad possesses the longest inactive streak, winning or losing. (Bill Fitzgerald)

--Though there are many positive parallels between this year's team and the Final Four group, Mason can do without Andre Cornelius pulling a Tony Skinn on an opponent's private parts. (Markus Videnieks)

3. Old Dominion (22-6) 199
Next: Thursday at No. 8 James Madison, Saturday vs. William & Mary.
--Blaine Taylor said your RPI is like your horoscope: You really believe in it when it's good. In bed. (Sean McLernon)

--Sunday's box score says that ODU beat CLEV. Would it even be shocking if the Cavs lost to a CAA team? (Markus Videnieks)

4. Virginia Tech (17-8) 156
Next: Tuesday at Wake Forest, Saturday vs. Duke.
--Virginia Tech tokes on, I mean, takes on Wake Forest tonight in Winston-Salem. (John Albers)

5. Richmond (21-7) 152
Next: Saturday at Charlotte.
--Darien Brothers must be so happy that Jonas is not a traditional name in his family. (Bill Fitzgerald)

--Three of their five starters on Sunday were named Kevin. That's impressive, but I still think the record set by George Foreman College is unbreakable. (Markus Videnieks)

--Spiders get crushed by Temple, so Bill Cosby retains bragging rights over Bruce Hornsby. That's just the way it is. Some things will never change. (Sean McLernon)

--I know how it feels to be rolled over by Temple. They expect you to say the Kaddish four times a service? I'm only human! (Max Wasserman)

6. VCU (21-8) 136
Next: Wednesday at Drexel, Saturday vs. No. 8 James Madison.
--"Virginia Tech-ing" themselves out of NCAA contention. (Jake Leffler)

7. Maryland (17-10) 130
Next: Wednesday vs. Florida State, Sunday at North Carolina.
--All those Terp fans who said the team would be much better off without Greivis Vasquez managed to become even more wrong on Sunday. (Max Wasserman)

--Greivis Vasquez was honored before the North Carolina State game on Sunday. Maryland students responded by burning couches. (Chris Bocquet)

--It's too bad Maryland didn't retire Greivis Vazquez's number last weekend so he and Gary Williams could have celebrated Valentine's Day together. (Sean McLernon)

--If the Terps lose to FSU on Wednesday, the season will be such a lost cause that readers will need two Boswell spring training columns per day just to get their fix of hope. (Markus Videnieks)

--Only a loss or two away from giving coach Gary Williams a head start on his Dewey Beach vacation planning. (John Albers)

8. James Madison (20-9) 65
Next: Thursday vs. No. 3 Old Dominion, Saturday at No. 6 VCU.
--Barring a run in the conference tournament, the Dukes are to the NCAA tournament what James Madison is to Mount Rushmore. (John Albers)

--Humpty Hitchens on how to react after contact in order to draw a foul: "First you limp to the side like ya legs was broken, shakin' and twitchin' kinda like I was smokin' " (Markus Videnieks)

9. American (19-8) 46
Next: Wednesday vs. Navy, Saturday at Lafayette.
--WMATA considering changing metro stop name to AU/Tenleytown/Moldoveanuville. (Markus Videnieks)

10. Virginia (13-13) 36
Next: Wednesday at Georgia Tech, Saturday vs. Boston College.
--Defense wins championships. Or games against Virginia Tech and pretty much nobody else. (Sean McLernon)

--Conveniently, UVA got to play Virginia Tech on BracketBuster weekend. All the other mid-majors had to play out of conference. Weird. (Markus Videnieks)

--Coach Tony Bennett has cited Thomas Jefferson's not-so-well known pamphlet, "On the Use of Undersized Power Forwards" in support of his playing 6-6 guard Joe Harris at power forward. (Grant Kronenberg)

--Win against Tech was key in maintaining their CBI eligibility. (Jake Leffler)

11. Hampton (19-7) 21
Next: Monday vs. Florida A&M, Saturday at Delaware State.
--School's press release said that Monday's opponent, Florida A&M, averages 642 points per game. What, did the Wizards join the MEAC? (Anon.)

Also receiving votes: George Washington 8, Liberty 4, Morgan State 1.

By Dan Steinberg  | February 21, 2011; 5:56 PM ET
Categories:  Atlantic 11, College Basketball  
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Comments

I'm reading. Does that mean I win something?

Posted by: EYoung77 | February 21, 2011 8:54 PM | Report abuse

W&M gets their eighth win of the season, and then doesn't gets votes for the first time. I call foul.

Posted by: jcleggette | February 22, 2011 1:07 AM | Report abuse

The Humpty pith reused the same lyric from week 6. I want my money back.

Posted by: mikeinrockville | February 22, 2011 6:50 AM | Report abuse

Why rank these teams against one another? Because they're local? Most of these teams are barely even D1 programs and you're ranking them against Georgetown and a few others that occasionally appear in the national top 25? Why not add community colleges and high schools in the same poll.
Please report on more meaningful sports teams, local and otherwise. No one cares who is ranked first in the "Atlantic 11." It is meaningless.
I would prefer better coverage of the real top 25 and I believe most sports fans will agree.

Posted by: landfair | February 22, 2011 10:24 AM | Report abuse

It's all about Mason, baby--again!
This year's George Mason is Geor...oh, never mind.
GO, MASON!

Posted by: WaPoPimp | February 22, 2011 11:28 AM | Report abuse

The Colonials are baaa.... err, maybe relevant again? Big game vs. Temple coming up. A big W and maybe, just maybe they can squeak into the A11? That is, only if Hampton and AU falter against those MEAC and Patriot League powerhouses. C'mon Steinberg, show some love towards G-Dubs.

Posted by: GWColonials | February 24, 2011 1:44 PM | Report abuse

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