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Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 03/06/2012

Atlantic 11 Week 12: Berth Control


(Steve Helber - AP)
No worst-case scenario for Atlantic 11 berths this season; with VCU and Loyola now conference champs , and Georgetown and Virginia assured at-large bids, there will be at least four teams from this area (loosely defined) in the NCAA tournament.

Norfolk State, one of the favorites in the MEAC, could still bring the number to five. Richmond, Maryland, Virginia Tech, George Washington and others would be considerable surprises. But it won’t be a historic disaster, regardless.

This week’s ballots were submitted before the Monday night title games, so neither VCU nor Loyola got that bounce. Old Dominion did pass into Maryland into the No. 5 slot, while Loyola passed Virginia Tech into No. 7.

The Hoyas remain the only program ranked in both polls, at No. 13 in the AP poll and No. 14 in the coaches’ poll. Virginia is No. 30 in the AP poll and the equivalent of No. 31 in the coaches’ poll. VCU got six voting points in the AP, and three in the coaches’ poll.

In RPI matters, Georgetown — at No. 10 — remains on top, while VCU jumped way up to No. 38, passing Virginia along the way. The Cavs are 41st, followed by Loyola (76th) and George Mason (80th).

Local rankings and wry comments below.

1. Georgetown (22-7) 296 (26)

Next: Wednesday, vs. Pittsburgh-St. John’s winner in Big East tournament.

I'll make a Georgetown comment after the Big East tournament ends. So, like, next year. (Kyle Minor)

2. Virginia (22-8) 257 (1)

Next: Friday, vs. N.C. State-Boston College winner in ACC quarterfinals.

Is “suffocating defense” the polite way of saying “really boring offense?” (J.P. Finlay)

3. VCU (28-6) 254 (3)

Next: NCAA tournament.

The Rams made the first eight 3-pointers they took against Mason Sunday after Shaka Smart apparently told his players he would pay them a cash bonus if they could inflict damage on the inside of the net. (Sean McLernon)

4. George Mason (24-9) 199

Next: Regular season complete.

The look on Paul Hewitt's face when the Patriots were down 28 to VCU was much the same look he had the first time he toured Mason's scenic Fairfax campus. (Ivan Snyder)

5. Old Dominion (20-13) 146

Next: Regular season complete.

Blaine Taylor still has no CAA Tournament titles without his mustache. (John Albers)

6. Maryland (16-14) 132

Next: Thursday, vs. Wake Forest in ACC first round.

Mark Turgeon is getting less love from zebras than a lion. Mark Turgeon is drawing more whistles than Angelina Jolie's leg. Etc. (Danny Cole.)

7. Loyola (24-8) 123

Next: NCAA tournament.

Loyola beating Niagara and Siena on the path to playing Iona has taught me there are too many schools in the MAAC whose names end in ”A.” (Andy Minor)

8. Virginia Tech (15-16) 65

Next: Thursday, vs. Clemson in ACC first round.

“I hope your face doesn’t freeze like that” doesn’t even do justice to some of Seth Greenberg's expressions the last couple weeks. (Kyle Minor)

9. Norfolk State (22-9) 61

Next: Wednesday, vs. N.C. A&T-Howard winner in MEAC quarterfinals.

Best team in the entire state of Norfolk! (Markus Videnieks)

10. American (20-11) 46

Next: Regular season complete.

It just seems strange for American not to win something called the "Patriot League," but that's globalization for you. (Gavin Weiss)

11. Richmond (16-15) 42

Next: Tuesday, vs. La Salle in Atlantic 10 first round.

Rush Limbaugh's attempts at humor are so misguided that I feel as though he is more than qualified to become a contributor to this poll. (John Albers)

Also receiving votes:VMI 13, George Washington 7, Radford 2, Mount St. Mary’s 1.

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