“The best programs in the state are in the CAA,” Shaka Smart said this week. “It’s really not even close.” And yet the infallible voters of the Atlantic 11 still see Virginia as the best team in the Commonwealth, at least this season. The Cavs continue to trail Georgetown, but the top two are unchanged for like the billionth week in a row.
Of course, seven Atlantic 11 voters gave sympathy votes to Towson this week, and one more gave a vote to Navy, which has lost 14 straight, so take this for what it’s worth.
The Hoyas and Cavs remain the only nationally ranked programs from the area, at 14th and 16th in the AP and 14th and 18th in the coaches poll. No other local program received a single vote.
In RPI matters, Georgetown — at No. 14 — is no longer the only top 50 program. Virginia is now 39th. Yay. After that, we have Loyola (82nd), Virginia Tech (84th), VCU (85th) and Maryland (96th). I have no idea what Loyola needs to do to get higher than 8th in this poll, since by record and RPI the Greyhounds clearly deserve it.
Local rankings and wry comments below.
Shaka Smart says the best basketball in the commonwealth is being played at CAA schools. Our voters don’t agree, keeping Virginia in the second spot. Then again, seven of our voters gave sympathy votes to Towson this week, and one saluted Navy (losers of 14 straight), so take that for what it’s worth.
1. Georgetown (16-4) 360 (20)
Next: Wednesday vs. Connecticut, Saturday vs. South Florida.
The Hoyas are going to have to fight for the top spot in this poll like it was an exhibition game in China. (Sean McLernon)
Still number 1, but not good that Towson has a longer winning streak. (Danny Cole)
Look at the bright side: in 2014 these past two losses wouldn’t even hurt the Hoyas in the conference. (Zach Varnauskas)
Initiating year-end collapse in 10...9...8... (Max Wasserman)
Loss at Pitt either means that Pitt has finally returned to form, or that Georgetown has finally returned to form. MASN can’t decide and decides to run 1982 National Championship game all weekend. (Andy Minor)
A 12-point loss to Pittsburgh sounds like November in Landover. (Gavin Weiss)
Hoyas relationship with the Top 10 goes from “being in a relationship” to “it’s complicated.” (John Albers)
Pittsburgh may have brought some parity into this poll with their win over the Hoyas. Other things Pittsburgh has brought us: french fries on sandwiches, Sean Burnett, and LeSean McCoy scoring lots of touchdowns against the Redskins. Um, thanks, Pittsburgh? (Markus Videnieks)
2. Virginia (17-3) 353 (17)
Next: Tuesday vs. Clemson, Saturday at Florida State.
Flu-like symptoms hit two of UVa’s starters recently, prompting Tony Bennett to give their immune systems a lecture about the importance of good defense. (Sean McLernon)
Three losses by a total of seven points is pretty impressive. Sounds like Kellen Moore’s resume. (Steve Lightman)
The Cavs now have five road victories this year, something the Wizards will likely not accomplish until 2013. (Gavin Weiss)
This might be the most boring team I’ve ever voted atop the Atlantic 11. Then again, I’ve only voted for two weeks. (Zach Varnauskas)
The Cavaliers are allowing 50.6 point per game, which is still higher than my credit score. (John Albers)
On pace to fulfill their destiny as a 5 seed who loses to a 12 in March. (Markus Videnieks)
I wasn’t going to move UVA all the way #1 until KenPom said it was OK. (Jake Leffler)
3. George Mason (18-5) 267
Next: Wednesday at Delaware, Saturday vs. No. 7 Old Dominion.
So if Miami already gave Jim Larranaga an extension through 2019 for starting 12-7, the Patriots should lock up Paul Hewitt until at least 2025. (Zach Varnauskas)
Serbian recruit Marko Gujanicic has committed to play for the Patriots next season. Free Marko. (John Albers)
Looking forward to seeing Ernie Hudson, Harold Ramis & Dan Aykroyd at future Patriot Center games. (Sean’s Ramblings)
Patriots are 9-1 versus the CAA, and 0-2 versus the Sun Belt Conference. Hewitt is evidently trying to thumb his nose in Seth Greenberg’s face by demonstrating that his team can perform poorly against bottom-tier competition and STILL be in better shape for the postseason. (Kyle Minor)
4. VCU (18-5) 251
Next: Wednesday at William & Mary, Saturday vs. Northeastern.
The Rams defeated Georgia State on Charles “Lefty” Driesell Court, which couldn’t possibly be named after the former Maryland coach and surely must be named after some other Lefty Driesell. (John Albers)
Won at Georgia State. So at least one area team was victorious playing on Lefty Driesell Court last week. (Ivan Snyder)
Take on William and Mary in the Kaplan arena, where every visiting team’s scores are guaranteed to go up by at least 200 points or their money back. (Chris Bocquet)
Rams’ three week unbeaten streak now longer than that of any Republican presidential candidate. (Mike Steele)
Won three games last week. Take that, Randy Wittman! (Markus Videnieks)
5. Maryland (13-7) 234
Next: Wednesday at Miami, Saturday vs. North Carolina.
The court may have Gary’s name on it, but the paint should be named after the Plumlee family. (Tennille Campbell)
When people pay more attention to the goings on regarding Gary Williams Court than the Supreme Court, I find it difficult to believe that the state of the union is strong. (John Albers)
If Alex Len keeps scoring no more than once a game and playing such tentative defense, we’ll have to start calling him Alex OvechLen. (Gavin Weiss)
Sigh of relief heard around College Park as Maryland beats Virginia Tech, allowing students to finally burn all those couches they had saved up for the Duke game. (Andy Minor)
6. Virginia Tech (12-9) 158
Next: Thursday vs. Duke, Saturday vs. Clemson.
Something tells me Seth Greenberg won’t be asked for his Selection Sunday reaction nearly as many times this year. (Adam Moore)
Hokies players enrolled in statistics class for the spring semester will learn the definition of the phrase “regression toward the mean.” (Mike Steele)
Unfortunately for the Hokies, coming from a major conference and having a decent-sized fan base will not be enough to get a plum postseason berth over other deserving teams. That only works in football. (Sean McLernon)
Just a reminder that the Maroon vs. White football spring game is fast approaching. (Zach Varnauskas)
After two more losses in a row, Virginia Tech now finds itself on the bubble’s bubble. So meta it’s making Greenberg cry. (Andy Minor)
Seth Greenberg to contact Alan Greenspan on what to do when a bubble bursts. (J.P. Finlay)
Coach Greenberg is running out of bubbles to be on. (John Albers)
Seth Greenberg bubble jokes are on the bubble of just being downright mean now. (Markus Videnieks)
7. Old Dominion (14-9) 142
Next: Thursday vs. James Madison, Saturday at No. 3 George Mason.
The Monarchs take on the Dukes this week in a battle of the one percenters, circa 1775. (Chris Bocquet)
Death, taxes, Wizards’ guards taking unnecessary fadeaway jumpers, and ODU/VCU/Mason at the top of the CAA standings. (Markus Videnieks)
Thieves broke in to the Monarchs locker room early last week and stole home jerseys and basketball shoes. Albert Connell has been retained for questioning. (John Albers)
8. Loyola (16-5) 116
Next: Friday vs. Rider, Sunday at St. Peter’s.
Had no problem beating the Griffins, whose weak bench required them to rotate Stewie and Meg at point. (Max Wasserman)
Googling Loyola’s next opponent, the Rider Broncos, is not safe for work. (Devin Perry)
Greyhounds in a three-way tie atop the MAAC standings, which is two more than the number of MAAC schools I can name off the top of my head. (Mike Steele)
Faces Rider on Friday, which is led by Jeff Jones, who used to be fodder for Atlantic 11 jokes when he was at UVA because he shares the same name as AU’s coach. So clearly I cannot choose the wine in front of you. (Markus Videnieks)
9. Norfolk State (16-7) 78
Next: Saturday at Delaware State.
Spartans playing harder than Todd Bozeman’s incidental contact. (Devin Perry)
Spartans’ big win over Morgan State last weekend makes Atlantic 11 pollsters wistful for all the great Todd Bozeman pith that is going unwritten this season. (Mike Steele)
Pendarvis Williams is the spoonerism of Benjarvus Green Ellis. (Max Wasserman)
If they run the table in the MEAC it could launch them all the way up to a 15 seed! (Markus Videnieks)
10. Richmond (12-10) 44
Next: Wednesday vs. St. Joseph’s, Saturday at Duquesne.
The Spiders host Phil Martelli’s St. Joseph’s Hawks on Wednesday. There is plenty of room for you in Coach Martelli’s program. You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave. (John Albers)
11. American (14-8) 38
Next: Saturday at Colgate.
Lefty Driesell is super peeved that American’s Bender Arena is named after that robot from Futurama. (Chris LoBianco)
Patriots’ win over Lafayette on Saturday was cheered on by National Park Service officials seeking their own victory over Lafayette Park this week. (Mike Steele)
Also receiving votes: George Washington 17, Towson 7, Mount St. Mary’s 4, James Madison 2, Radford 2, Coppin State 1, Navy 1, William & Mary.