Welcome back to another year of local college basketball voting. Due to Redskins fans complaining about the front office, and then somehow finding their way to my blog, and then my traffic numbers going up, we now have easily the largest voting pool in Atlantic 11 history. To start, there were 109 voters eager to judge the difference between William & Mary and Morgan State.
As always, the 27 Division I schools in D.C., Maryland and Virginia are eligible. With so many voters, several of whom appear to be bad at filling out online survey forms, every single school managed to attract at least one vote. Bear in mind that with this many voters, I can't possibly monitor for horrific voters, so some bad apples might slip through, like whoever voted for Liberty, which is 1-4 with a win against Southern Virginia.
This is the poll's fourth year; the previous crowns were won by Georgetown ('07 and '08) and VCU ('09). And by the looks of things, longtime friends Georgetown and Maryland will be battling it out for early-season Atlantic 11 supremacy. Not on the court, though. Duh.
Since last year's final poll, American, Radford, VMI, Mount St. Mary's and UMBC fell out of the rankings, while George Washington, Virginia, Richmond and William & Mary entered. Seven different teams received first-place votes. Bear in mind that five Atlantic 11 teams made the NCAA tournament last year, and 12 played in some sort of postseason tournament. Would that we're even luckier this time around.
Here are the totals. We have team, record (through Sunday's games), points and first-place votes. Last year's final standings are found below. More of the hilarious pithy comments will appear at a later time.
1. Maryland (3-0) 1,004 (55)
--Next: Monday vs. Chaminade in Maui, more games TBD.
--Terps' trip to Hawaii should give Greivis Vasquez a great opportunity to see if he can throw it in the ocean from the beach. (John Albers)
2. Georgetown (3-0) 974 (46)
--Next: Saturday vs. Lafayette.
--The last time I remember a team winning with only 46 points, I was 12 years old and my team included a kid who played in jeans. (Michael Radford)
3. Virginia Tech (2-0) 598
--Next: Monday at Campbell, Friday at Temple, Saturday vs. Delaware.
--A Guard named Cassell sounds like something the Wizards could use right now. (Matt Kelly)
4. VCU (2-1) 574 (3)
--Next: Monday at Hampton, Friday vs. Nevada.
--Losing to Western Michigan and then beating Oklahoma is sort of like losing to the Lions and then beating the Cowbo...Oh. Nevermind. (Andrew Morris)
5. George Mason (3-2) 548 (1)
--Next: Saturday at Tulane.
--A week late maybe, but on Sunday the Patriots beat a team from Indiana, and they did it without going for it on 4th and 2 inside their own 30. (Markus Videnieks)
6. Old Dominion (4-0) (1) 522
--Next: Friday at Missouri.
--Marsharee Neely has just replaced Carlester Crumpler as #45 on my all time best names list. (Michael Palan)
7. George Washington (3-0) (2) 449
--Next: Tuesday vs. Princeton, Saturday vs. Oregon State.
--Hosts Oregon State on Saturday in what is becoming Craig Robinson's annual opportunity to crash on his brother in law's couch. (Markus Videnieks)
8. Virginia (3-1) 440
--Next: Tuesday vs. Stanford.
--Tony Bennett is taking his team to Cancun over the holidays, apparently just to see whether disappointment is allowed through customs. (Jack Lambert)
9. Morgan State (3-1) 192 (1)
--Next: Tuesday at Arkansas, Saturday at Appalachian State.
--Outscored Louisville in the second half, wisely turned down Rick Pitino's post-game dinner invitation. (Matt Kelly)
10. Richmond (3-1) 152
--Tuesday vs. Longwood, Friday at Mississippi State.
--Off to a nice start with wins over Duke and Georgetown and a 1-point loss to 'Nova. Oh, sorry! That's the football team. (Jamie Paquette)
11. William & Mary (2-2) 90
--Wednesday vs. Hampton, Saturday at Wake Forest.
--Can we just get it over with and name Tony Shaver's mustache the official school mascot? (Jack Lambert)
Also receiving votes: American 71, Mount St. Mary's 65, Radford 43, VMI 43, Coppin State 37, Loyola 32, James Madison 22, Howard 21, Norfolk State 21, Navy 20, UMBC 18, Towson 17, Liberty 11, Md.-Eastern Shore 9, Hampton 3, Longwood 2.
Last year's final tally
4t. George Mason
6. Morgan State
9. Old Dominion
11t. Mount St. Mary's