A night of Local Poll triumph! In the premiere game, Local No. 4 VCU, which is trying to be the next Mason, rides the "Reggie Miller-like" B.A. Walker to down the last Mason, which struggled shooting the ball. With the win, Bob Lipper says VCU is officially "A Team to be Reckoned With."
Elsewhere, Local No. 2 Georgetown uses a strong second half in front of Gilbert Arenas and bunches of NBA scouts, Local No. 3 GW rallies over St. Joe's in a frantic second half to preserve the fourth-longest home winning streak in DI (and Phil Martelli talks Carl Elliott and NBA), Local No. 5 Terps regain their swagger thanks to all the doubters and to James Gist, whom Steve DeShazo says might be the key (although Ga. Tech fans say their team is terrible), J.R. Reynolds improves on his 40-point effort and Dave Leitao starts smashing clipboards as Local No. 6 UVA wins at N.C. State, Local No. 8 ODU rallies from 17 down in a very "weird" game to beat Local No. 11 W&M (which loses a player due to academics) (and the ODU beat writer is steamed at Joe Lunardi), Manhattan gets two free throws in the final seconds to top Local No. 9 Loyola, and Gary Neal gets 36 as Local No. 10 Towson pounds the eminently poundable Delaware. Among the unranked, AU backs up all the Bog talk and dispatches Navy, Richmond gets crushed at LaSalle, JMU's two-game roll ends at Northeastern, and Ronald Timus has been key for Morgan State a year after being kicked off the team. Also, Kristi Toliver is trying to be more of a leader for the Terps women, Maryland releases its football schedule as do Virginia and Va. Tech, Virginia loses a long snapper to academics (!) and UDC's athletics program is back from the brink of death.
Great story in which Gil and his people wonder why he's not getting more marketing opportunities. Gilbert tells PTI he did Tony Parker's French talk show and says 'Hibachi' in falsetto, DSong has his first full practice and discusses his health, Rick Snider says the Wiz "have a chance to rule this town," Antawn Jamison calls the team's play against Phoenix "horrible" and here are four second-half keys for the team. Plus, Ernie Grunfeld will do a WaPo chat at 2 today.
Frank Robinson will work as an ESPN analyst, MissChatter gets video of a Nats Caravan stop (and calls Manny "Manager Acta," love it), Ted Lerner gets one of his daughter's names wrong and explains his financially conservative approach that has bloggers so jaded, D.C. will have to spend more than $18 million to upgrade streets around the stadium, and Screech's Best Friend scores a long interview with the Nats' radio voices.