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Posted at 09:59 AM ET, 02/01/2007

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Local Poll Carnage, again. Local No. 1 Virginia Tech goes from expected blowout to disappointing loss, as N.C. State gets a much-needed win and Seth Greenberg gets embarrassed and disgusted and apologizes to Tech fans. Local No. 3 VCU finally loses a CAA game to a bizarre Hofstra side that rebounded from its loss to Delaware thanks to Antoine Agudio. In front of an NCAA selection committee member, Local No. 4 GW goes down to Dayton (which remains undefeated at home), as Karl Hobbs swears a lot and gets ejected, and players aren't permitted to speak to the media. (And this is old, but Hobbs thinks GW is a tourney team.) Elsewhere, Local No. 8 George Mason humiliates Delaware with crazy good shooting, and Local No. 10 Towson beats Northeastern to match its win total from last year. Among the unranked masses, William & Mary tops JMU (which has now lost four straight), UMBC gets crushed by Albany, and Richmond appears to be the dregs of the A-10.

The Local No. 2 Hoyas (which has been taking care of the ball) will get another dose of national exposure starting tonight against St. John's, which lost its senior point guard (and Patrick Ewing Jr. gets to play in the Garden). Local No. 5 UVA readies for Duke, a team its seniors have never beaten; a reporter hopes the roof is safely secured, the Cavs will rely on their guards (who are a "rolling ball of butcher knives"), Curtis Staples says the Clemson comeback wasn't Virginia's greatest, Jason Cain enjoys his special moment and Pete Gillen calls Sean Singletary the best point guard in the nation. D.J. Strawberry says he needs to make plays for the No. 6 Terps to have a tourney shot, although those prospects are at a crossroads, the odds seem poor and rebounding remains a problem. (Plus, angry fans dub Gary supporters "Garyannas.") And the Terps women need to prove themselves again and hope to take their anger out on Georgia Tech.

Without Antawn Jamison (who will likely miss "a few weeks") the Wiz were abused by Chris Bosh. Gil changed shoes at halftime, the Raptors relied on love and respect, the Wiz talk about coping without Jamison, Songaila could be back around the all-star game, Jose Calderon channels Gil, what's a "wonky right ankle?", Eddie Jordan's still in the driver's seat to go to Vegas, and Lang Whitaker dubs Gil "The First Blog Superstar" (and kindly mentions the Bog).

Also, hearings are set for the Nats' three remaining arbitration cases, Stan Kasten speaks with fans, and Capitol Punishment translates. And it's that time of year again for Art Monk.

Oh, and as promised Sun Ming Ming is written up in the Baltimore Sun, and by the AP.

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