Georgetown and Virginia continue to lead the rankings, which makes sense, because the Hoyas and Cavs are both 8-1, for the best winning percentage in the area. Well, tied with Loyola. The Greyhounds are also 8-1; they enter the rankings at No. 9.
Also, VCU jumps from No. 5 to No. 3, and Richmond falls from No. 3 to No. 6. George Washington drops out after getting pummeled in Syracuse and losing to Loyola at home.
Georgetown moves up in the AP from 18th to 16th, and Virginia from 30th to 29th. The coaches bump Georgetown to 17th and Virginia to 33rd.
Anyhow, here are this week’s results, followed by overall record, overall points, first-place votes and impeccable wit.
1. Georgetown (8-1) 443 (40)
Next: Saturday vs. No. 10 American.
No longer the brawlingest school in the Big East. (Peter Keszler)
After watching the Hoyas jump out to a 17-0 lead against Howard, Kyle Shanahan has decided to install the Princeton offense. (John Albers)
First Howard and then AU. Is there any local team that the Hoyas aren’t afraid to schedule!?!?!!! (Markus Videnieks)
After win over Howard’s Prince Okorah, Hoya players no longer invited to Xmas party at Embassy of Zamunda. (Ivan Snyder)
2. Virginia (8-1) 381 (4)
Next: Sunday at Oregon.
Ranked 28th in the AP, which is the highest they’ve been since Sean Singletary’s seventh season. (Jake Leffler)
The last time the Cavaliers lost, only like THREE women had accused Herman Cain of sexual impropriety. (Gavin Weiss)
Cavaliers’s next game is against whichever Oregon team is not coached by Obama’s brother-in-law. (John Albers)
3. VCU (6-3) 305
Next: Saturday vs. UNC Wilmington.
With all due respect to VCU & Richmond, the past week’s Black & Blue Classic was clearly held between Xavier & Cincinnati. (John Albers)
4. Virginia Tech (7-3) 292 (1)
Next: Saturday vs. Campbell.
While beating Norfolk State may help you off this poll’s bubble, I’m not quite sure it will help with that other bubble. (Gavin Weiss)
Jarell Eddie puts up 24 points Sunday in honor of his missing brothers Fred Davis and Trent Williams. (James O’Hara)
With games at Georgetown and Villanova this week, perhaps the Eagles are auditioning to be a non-football, basketball/soccer/lacrosse-only member of the Big East, East division, but only in odd years. (Raven McMillian)
Sadly for Seth Greenberg, in college sports that end their seasons with real tournaments instead of sham money-grabbing exhibition games, “we’ll spend a bunch of money in your city if you pick us” does not get you on the right side of the bubble. (Markus Videnieks)
5. George Mason (7-3) 210
Next: Next Wednesday vs. Duquesne.
Losing to an ACC foe by 20 made Paul Hewitt feel just like he was back at Georgia Tech. (Ivan Snyder)
Patriots will be distributing free $60 pre-loaded Visa cards to celebrate the return of Andre Cornelius on the 21st. (Andy Minor)
Pith comparing the Patriots’ Byron Allen to late night talk show host Byron Allen setting new lows in Atlantic-11 obscure references. (John Albers)
6. Richmond (6-3) 203
Next: Wednesday vs. Iona, Saturday at Bucknell.
Bradford Burgess led VCU to victory against Richmond, scoring 14 points despite only going 1 for 6. I believe that’s called a Tebow. (Gavin Weiss)
I’d be really disappointed if I found out Richmond’s Francis-Cedric Martel didn’t have insightful thoughts about the European debt crisis. (Markus Videnieks)
7. Maryland (5-3) 185
Next: Wednesday vs. Florida International.
But Mount St. Mary’s is a really strong 1-8. (Markus Videnieks)
Alex Twine was arrested Friday night for attempting to physically prevent his fellow football players from transferring. (Jim F.)
Terps fans expect Pe’shon Howard to return just before Christmas, and expect to return any “Maryland Pride” jerseys they received just after Christmas. (John Albers)
8. Old Dominion (5-4) 118
Next: Saturday at Central Florida.
The Monarchs travel to Central Florida on Saturday to face Michael’s progeny, the Jordan brothers, provided they aren’t crushed by the weight of expectations before then. (John Albers)
After loss to Monarchs, Fairfield’s Rakim Sanders said he’s tired of answering question “Where’s Eric B?” (Ivan Snyder)
The Monarchs’ assist leader is Trian Iliadis, and their points leader is tryin to score a lot. (Gavin Weiss)
ODU vs. UCF is such a boring game that Chris Myers and Tim Ryan are instinctively leaving their positions as the #6 broadcast team for NFL on Fox to cover this beauty. (Markus Videnieks)
9. Loyola (8-1) 103
Next: Sunday at St. Bonaventure.
The Greyhounds are in the middle of a six game road trip. I’m going to assume they take the bus everywhere. (Markus Videnieks)
If you predicted that Loyola would start 8-1, you probably should use your powers for something more lucrative than MAAC basketball (Gavin Weiss).
10. American (8-3) 97
Next: Saturday at No. 1 Georgetown.
With upcoming games at Georgetown and Villanova, perhaps the Eagles are auditioning to be a non-football, basketball/soccer/lacrosse-only member of the Big East, East division, but only in odd years. (Raven McMillian)
Key to the Georgetown game: not falling asleep on the Metro and waking up in Silver Spring. (Markus Videnieks)
St. Francis’ Ollie Jackson’s 3-point play against AU was biggest play by an Ollie since those underhanded free throws for Hickory High. (Ivan Snyder)
11. James Madison (4-3) 43
Next: Next Monday, vs. Citadel.
Also receiving votes: Norfolk State 39, George Washington 29, Mount St. Mary’s 8, VMI 4, Howard 3, Navy 1, Radford 1, William & Mary 1.