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Posted at 6:45 PM ET, 02/28/2011

Atlantic 11 Week 14: Mason triumphs

By Dan Steinberg

(By John McDonnell - AP)


For the first 13 weeks of the 2010-2011 Atlantic 11, Georgetown was in first place. It was boring. It was predictable. It was tiresome. And it's over.

On the strength of its nation-best 15-game winning streak, George Mason has finally toppled the Hoyas' hegemony. The Patriots' got one more first-place vote than Georgetown, and a few more second-place votes, and narrowly sneaked into the top spot despite still being behind Georgetown in the national polls. Mid-major bias, here. And no apologies for that, either.

In other exciting news, VCU and Maryland swapped places at No. 6 and No. 7. Also, George Washington became the poll's first new addition in like 49 months, replacing Hampton at No. 11 by a single voting point.

Nationally, Georgetown is at 17th in both major polls, while George Mason is 26th in the AP and 25th in the coaches' poll. Virginia Tech is 31st in the AP and got a single vote in the coaches' poll, while Old Dominion got a single AP vote.

Georgetown's official NCAA RPI drops three slots to No. 8. Then comes George Mason (24th), Old Dominion (27th), Virginia Tech (53rd), Richmond (63rd), VCU (66th), James Madison (74th) and Maryland (83rd). Though the Terps will surely rise after winning out.

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

1. George Mason (25-5) 348 (19)
Next: Saturday, CAA quarterfinal vs. TBD.
--The last time they lost, Clinton Portis was a Redskin, Carmelo Anthony was a Nugget, and James Franco had a pulse. (Markus Videnieks)

--Patriots continuing to let their hair grow after noting that NBA celebrity game MVP Justin Bieber hasn't been won any basketball games since he cut his. (Mike Steele)

--Jim Larranaga has a top with him on the bench so he can be sure this season is not a dream. (Max Wasserman)

2. Georgetown (21-8) 334 (18)
Next: Saturday at Cincinnati.
--Le Roi est mort, vive le Roi! (Chris Olson)

--You may not be punished in the USA Today poll for back-to-back losses, but you'll certainly be punished here. (Brendan Darr)

--Turns out the Hoyas aren't so good they can beat you with Chris Wright's hand behind his back. (Markus Videnieks)

3. Old Dominion (24-6) 267
Next: Saturday, CAA quarterfinal vs. TBD.
--ODU would probably get more national exposure if they changed their name to ODB. (Chris Olson)

--The best un-ranked team in the CAA! (Markus Videnieks)

--The current senior class of Frank Hassell, Keyon Carter, Darius James and Ben Finney are the winningest Monarchs in program history with 94 victories. Suck on that, The King's Speech. (Sean McLernon)

4. Virginia Tech (19-8) 261
Next: Tuesday vs. Boston College, Saturday at Clemson.
--With upset of Duke, Hokies reclaimed their rightful place as the 66th best team in the country. (Jake Leffler)

5. Richmond (22-7) 223
Next: Wednesday at St. Joseph's, Saturday vs. Duquesne.
--The Spider mascot is getting a makeover. Vote now for "Tough Spider," "Realistic Spider," or their current mascot, aka "Stoned Ant Wearing a Cape." (John Albers)

6. Maryland (18-11) 166
Next: Wednesday at Miami, Saturday vs. No. 10 Virginia.
--Shockingly, Maryland's at-large hopes were not included in the In Memorium death montage during the Oscars. (Markus Videnieks)

--The Terps need to win their two remaining regular season games, the ACC tournament and a an episode of Jeopardy against Watson in order to make the NCAA tournament. (John Albers)

--Possible excuses for fans to miss Saturday's game against UVA: Studying, nice weather, bad weather, Arlo Guthrie concert later that evening in Alexandria. (Sean's Ramblings)

--I don't want to say that the Terrapins tournament chances are dead, but Celine Dion was singing over the highlights of the UNC game. (Max Wasserman)

--Still three games ahead of the Wizards in the win column. (Briscoe)

7. VCU (21-10) 143
Next: Saturday, CAA quarterfinal vs. TBD.
--The Social Network of the Atlantic 11. No big wins since January. (Jake Leffler)

--Lost four of their last five and still indisputably better than U.Va. right now. (Sean McLernon)

--Like me, VCU seems to have paid more attention to the NFL Scouting Combine than college basketball this weekend. (Markus Videnieks)

8. James Madison (21-10) 113
Next: Friday, CAA first-round game vs. William & Mary.
--How to analyze the Dukes: Google Digital Underground lyrics. Reference Humpty Hitchens. Repeat. (John Albers)

--Not only did Humpty Hitchens score 12 points in the win over VCU, he also got stupid, shot an arrow like Cupid, and used a word that don't mean nothing, like looptid. (Markus Videnieks)

9. American (21-8) 62
Next: Wednesday, Patriot League quarterfinal vs. Colgate.
--Of course Vlad Moldoveanu scored 30 points in American's double overtime win over Lafayette. The darker the night gets, the stronger he becomes. (Sean McLernon)

--The hours spent inside, working on his game, are turning Moldoveanu into Vlad the Paler. (John Albers)

10. Virginia (14-14) 41
Next: Tuesday vs. N.C. State, Saturday at No. 6 Maryland.
--The Cavaliers could totally win the ACC tournament, as long as they get to face Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech twice each. (Sean McLernon)

--Until the home blowout loss to BC, they were the hottest team in this poll. In the state of Virginia. South of Fredericksburg. And west of 95. Before Virginia Tech upset Duke. And actually, Richmond may still have been hotter. Well anyway, at least they're better than VCU. (Jake Leffler)

--At least it's [insert non-revenue sport here] season. (Jake Leffler)

--Assistant coaches assigned to find out whether or not the CBI has play-in games this year. (Mike Steele)

--Like most mid-majors, UVA will need to win their conference tournament to get to the Big Dance. (Markus Videnieks)

11. George Washington (15-13)18
Next: Wednesday at Rhode Island, Saturday vs. Dayton.
--Maybe next week someone will write a joke about them. (The Editor)

Also receiving votes: Hampton 17, Liberty 4, William & Mary 4, VMI 3, Howard 2, Morgan State 2, Loyola 1, Mount St. Mary's 1.

By Dan Steinberg  | February 28, 2011; 6:45 PM ET
Categories:  Atlantic 11, College Basketball  
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Comments

The JMU jokes tired and overused as usual. This bog is for the birds.

Posted by: baltimoredude | February 28, 2011 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Your bias is quite evident, but "Mid-major bias" it is not. You clearly have an innate dislike for the Hoyas.. we must ask ourselves, why? GMason can't inflate Georgetown's balls and you know it, Steinberg!

Posted by: iubiquity | February 28, 2011 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Enjoying watching the Hoyas fade...

Posted by: PrinceBuster21 | February 28, 2011 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Truly good teams have underestimated Mason in the past and paid dearly.
GO, MASON!

Posted by: WaPoPimp | February 28, 2011 10:41 PM | Report abuse

GMU as #1? awwww, that is cute....

Posted by: funkey | March 1, 2011 8:00 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of American University, check out this trick shot video some of the players released yesterday! GO EAGLES!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQn0n1Wr7oA

Posted by: thakimzadeh | March 1, 2011 9:00 AM | Report abuse

The JMU jokes tired and overused as usual. This bog is for the birds.

Posted by: baltimoredude | February 28, 2011 7:34 PM

Hey yo fat girl, come here are you tickleish?

Posted by: Kev29 | March 1, 2011 9:46 AM | Report abuse

iubiquity,

You're an idiot. Old Dominion took Georgetown to the last minute when they played them this year. Not to mention ODU beat G-town at G-town last year. Typical Big 6 bulls*#t. Let ODU or GMU play G-Town twice a year and they are splitting them most of the time.

Posted by: bj7499 | March 1, 2011 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Shame JTIII is a racist scumbag like his dad and he wont play local schools. Hope G'town loses in first round of March Madness. When was the last time G'town made it to the final four? Or the Elite 8?

If JTIII was white the MSM would have a field day with his failure to play local schools. Both he and his dad get a byre for obvious reasons.

BTW the Pope is big NCAA college basketball fan. He was very dismayed last Fall to learn about G'town's failure to play local teams when I had an audience with him. His Holiness is working on the issue.

Posted by: sheepherder | March 1, 2011 12:02 PM | Report abuse

@sheepherder:

Keep in mind that this is coming from the hardest of hardcore Mason fans....
G'Town deserves praise for scheduling a home/away against ODU. For all the talk about how the big conference teams are afraid to play against the CAA, we have to at least give some credit to G'Town for sucking it up and playing the Monarchs almost every year for the past 4 or 5 years.

Not sure what to say about the racist stuff and how that pertains to fearing local mid-majors, but to answer your question: 2007. That was the last time G'Town went to the Final Four. 2007.

Posted by: jmorrisa | March 1, 2011 1:09 PM | Report abuse

you left out Pitt, i mean they are a hell of a lot closer that Virginia Tech. Why stop there if you want to include local, why not include Syracuse as well? Vtech, local school, what a joke.

Posted by: tony28 | March 1, 2011 2:18 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised it took so long to get the token 'Tech is so far away what aboout (insert random Pennsylvania school)' comment. Well done, Tony.

#3Bids4CAA

Posted by: jcleggette | March 2, 2011 1:01 AM | Report abuse

Shame JTIII is a racist scumbag like his dad and he wont play local schools. Hope G'town loses in first round of March Madness. When was the last time G'town made it to the final four? Or the Elite 8?

If JTIII was white the MSM would have a field day with his failure to play local schools. Both he and his dad get a byre for obvious reasons.

BTW the Pope is big NCAA college basketball fan. He was very dismayed last Fall to learn about G'town's failure to play local teams when I had an audience with him. His Holiness is working on the issue.

Posted by: sheepherder
-------------------------------

I'm a GMU diehard and loathe G'town (in hoops), but to call JT3 and his dad "racist" because of their failure to schedule local schools like GMU or GW is nuts.

G'town should play them and they don't because they have more to lose than to gain. In other words, they are afraid of losing.

Still, you call this RACISM??? Let us know when you're back on planet Earth, sheepherder.

Posted by: PrinceBuster21 | March 2, 2011 3:04 PM | Report abuse

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