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Posted at 8:35 AM ET, 02/ 7/2011

NCAA tournament 2011: Where do Georgetown, Maryland, Virginia Tech, George Mason stand?

By Eric Prisbell

With five weeks left until selection Sunday, here is a look at where the top local teams stand:

Georgetown
Record: 18-5
RPI: 5
SOS: 2
Vs. top 50: 7-5
Vs. top 100: 10-5
Best win: at Villanova (13)
Worst loss: at Temple (32)
Road-neutral court: 9-3
As of today: No. 3 seed and climbing
Comment: Georgetown's struggles seem like a distant memory. The two-point victory over Providence was a struggle late in the game, but you take the victories any way you can get them in the treacherous Big East. There is a lot to like about this NCAA tournament resume: Three of Georgetown's top 50 victories have come on the road. All losses have come against teams than rank in the top 32 of the RPI. With five of the seven remaining games against top 50 teams, the Hoyas have a chance to climb even more. If they wind up a No. 2 or No. 3 seed, don't be surprised if they play the first round of the NCAAs in Charlotte.

Maryland
Record: 15-8
RPI: 80
SOS: 65
Vs. top 50: 0-7
Vs. top 100: 3-8
Best win: at Penn State (69)
Worst loss: Virginia Tech (68)
Road-neutral court: 4-5
As of today: bubble, outside looking in
Comment: The best thing about Maryland's resume is the absence of a significant black eye. But there are many things working against the Terps at this point. Playing Wake Forest (RPI: 244) and Longwood (331) will hurt the RPI. Penn State, Maryland's best win, has started to fade some. The biggest issue I have with Maryland is the 3-8 record against top 100 teams. And two of those victories came by two points or less. Maryland just does not have much going for it at this point. But with an expanded tournament field and a weak bubble field, I am not ruling out a potential 9-7 ACC record - with wins at Boston College and North Carolina (easier said than done) - plus two ACC tournament wins being enough to get into the NCAAs. That would be the minimum acceptable standard to even have a chance.


Virginia Tech

Record: 15-7
RPI: 68
SOS: 82
Vs. top 50: 1-5
Vs. top 100: 5-5
Best win: vs. Oklahoma State (45)
Worst loss: at Georgia Tech (164)
Road-neutral court: 7-5
As of today: bubble
Comment: The Hokies are in slightly better position than Maryland despite losing to two sub-140 RPI teams. They have two more victories over top 100 teams. But their margin for error remains quite small. They don't play another top 50 RPI team until Feb. 26. The Hokies cannot afford a loss to Georgia Tech (Feb. 13), Virginia (Feb. 19) or Wake Forest (Feb. 22). They will need at least a 9-7 ACC record and a respectable effort in the ACC tournament.

George Mason
Record: 19-5
RPI: 23
SOS: 70
Vs. top 50: 1-1
Vs. top 100: 7-3
Best win: Old Dominion (29)
Worst loss: Wofford (132)
Road-neutral court: 7-5
As of today: No. 9-11 seed
Comment: As we see many bubble teams take small and significant steps backward, Mason continues to move forward. The surest way to gain entry into the NCAAs is to win the league tournament, and Mason is now tied atop the CAA standings with VCU at 11-2 in league play. It has won nine straight and its RPI is an impressive 23. The decisive ODU victory was its best of the season. Mason, as of now, has moved slightly ahead of the collection of mostly mediocre bubble teams. Road games against VCU (Feb. 15) and Northern Iowa (Feb. 19) will stand as strong barometers for Mason.

By Eric Prisbell  | February 7, 2011; 8:35 AM ET
 
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Comments

with mason being 23 RPI, I love that it's still maryland, georgetown, and GW owning the front page of the local sports section.

Posted by: haxormax | February 7, 2011 9:35 AM | Report abuse

with mason being 23 RPI, I love that it's still maryland, georgetown, and GW owning the front page of the local sports section.

Posted by: haxormax | February 7, 2011 9:35 AM

Huh? GW?

The Post sent a staff writer (Steve Goff) to the Mason game and his story appeared on D5. They only picked up a small wire story on the GW game and it appeared a couple pages after Mason.

Posted by: Kev29 | February 7, 2011 10:16 AM | Report abuse

The rise of the CAA continues!
GO, MASON!

Posted by: WaPoPimp | February 7, 2011 10:20 AM | Report abuse

kev29, I mean on this site. Here specifically: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/sports/colleges/index.html?nid=roll_colleges

maryland, UVA, and VT have permanent links and GMU is left off. weird to me because it's in Fairfax, VA. Geographically speaking... we're closer than VT and UVA.

Posted by: haxormax | February 7, 2011 11:38 AM | Report abuse

maryland, UVA, and VT have permanent links and GMU is left off. weird to me because it's in Fairfax, VA. Geographically speaking... we're closer than VT and UVA.

Posted by: haxormax | February 7, 2011 11:38 AM

Because the Post doesn't have a full-time blog for Mason. And that is probably down to no full beat reporter for them at the paper. Why don't they have a regular beat reporter? Maybe ask Jon DeNunzio, the sports editor. Though I assume they just don't have the resources to cover Mason full time.

Posted by: Kev29 | February 7, 2011 2:24 PM | Report abuse

As a Terp fan, I will agree with you.

I'd rather read about GMU than VaTech!!!

It's a LOCAL SCHOOL!!!

Fairfax is about 4 hours closer than Blacksburg!!!

Posted by: IReadTheBaltimoreSunWhenIWantToReadGoodSportsWriting | February 7, 2011 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Put a sock in haxormax, gtowns been the best team in town for about 5 years now and doesnt have a blog. UMD and VT get the coverage cuz they have the most fans. I'm a huge hoya fan but look at comments for a maryland post and the comments for GTown or GMU......... terp fans dwarf both our fanbases. It's not about winning unfortunatey, wapo is in a business and the terps bring people in. Sucks but its the way it is.

Posted by: zvick11 | February 7, 2011 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Sons and daughters of George Mason University, UNITE! We shall procure a GMU Bog! I mean "blog"!

Posted by: WaPoPimp | February 8, 2011 9:02 AM | Report abuse

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