This wouldn't be the Local Hoops Spectacular Atlantic 11 Preseason Poll if there weren't some hiccups along the way. In this case, a few of our intrepid voters (21, actually) seem to have voted for their Top 10 in reverse order, giving us a Top 11 that may as well have been chosen by blindfolded monkeys, or robotic cranes, or AP poll voters. But hey, this is the Internet, where statistical falsehoods are considered quirky and even a bit cute.
In all honesty, Intern Boris and I figured that enough of our 68 voters followed instructions correctly that this would be, more or less, what the real tally would have looked like. So I planned to just print the faulty totals. But then I figured Gary Williams wouldn't like that very much, and since the name of this blog was already inspired by Ralph Friedgen, well, I didn't need to go there. So instead I spent well north of an hour fixing faulty top 11 poll voters from readers with names like "The Thigh Master" and "Caps Nut." I love my job.
The RPI does not yet exist, and I'm sick of talking about the AP and coaches' poll tallies, so I'm just going to go ahead and post our rankings, after the jump. First place votes in parentheses.
Oh, and for the record, here was last year's Final Poll: 1 Georgetown. 2 Maryland. 3 Virginia. 4 VCU. 5 Virginia Tech. 6 Old Dominion. 7 George Washington. 8 George Mason. 9 Loyola. 10t American. 10t VMI.
1. Georgetown (61) 662 points
--Saturday vs. unranked William & Mary.
--Hibbert stayed because, perversely, he likes paying $8 for a beer. (Jason Anderson)
2. Maryland (3) 532
--Sunday vs. North Florida.
--Gary's resume says "Maryland ('68)." That's impossible- he couldn't have played hoops AND graduated from College Park. (Sean Perkins)
3. Virginia (1) 506
--Sunday vs. Vermont.
--With the addition of Mustapha Farrakhan, UVA is sure to earn the No. 1 ranking in the Nation of Islam Sports Blog preseason rankings.
4. George Mason (1) 401
--Friday vs. Vermont.
--The other Nation with the green monster mascot. And less obnoxious fans. (Scott Allen)
5. VCU 394
--Friday vs. unranked Md.-Eastern Shore.
--Non-traditional college basketball powers will henceforth be known as mid-Maynors. (Bill Fitzgerald)
6. George Washington 320
--Saturday vs. unranked Mount St. Mary's.
--Coach Hobbs still looking for his Calvin. (Michael Palan)
7. Virginia Tech 287
--Friday vs. Elon.
--Still the greatest school in this poll that takes more than a tank of gas to reach. (Ted Gotsch)
8. Old Dominion 220
--Sunday vs. South Carolina State.
--Who needs big Eastern Europeans when you can recruit a French-Canadian named Etoile? (Sean McLernon)
9. Richmond (1) 73
--Saturday vs. unranked Norfolk State.
--Just because they had a 3-0 lead on Memphis while I typed it. Besides, this might be the only vote they get all year. (Jon Lauder)
10. Loyola 70
--Friday at unranked Towson.
--Second most-watchable Baltimore product, after "The Wire" but ahead of the Ravens. (Matt Bonesteel)
11. American 47
--Saturday at St. Francis (Pa.)
--This team makes me wish for the Patrick Doctor Era. (Eric Holmberg)
Also receiving votes: Navy 34, William & Mary 28, Hampton 26, VMI 24, Towson 21, James Madison 17, Morgan State 11, Howard 7, UMBC 7, Mount St. Mary's 6, Coppin State 5, Liberty 3, Maryland women 2, GW women 2, Longwood 1, Norfolk State 1, Radford 1, Navy Football 1.
Not receiving votes: Md.-Eastern Shore. Really, that's it.