Breaking: Local No. 5 VCU wins its Puerto Rico opener, topping Houston by a single point. VCU is 2-0, and threatening to become this year's VCU.
Game of the Day report: Junior Hairston gets his second straight double-double, but Local No. 9 Towson loses by 14 at home to Bucknell, depriving the CAA of what would have been a very nice non-conference win. Towson apparently lost the hustle battle, and drops to 1-1. The number of undefeated Local teams is rapidly dwindling.
Facing Local No. 3 Virginia, Howard seizes a brief early lead and then loses by 39. The good news?
The Bison's average margin of defeat plummeted to 54.5. "When you play a team of lesser talent like that, you've got to come out and put your foot on their throat and not let up," Sean Singletary said. That is becoming perhaps our most violent cliche, as a sporting people. Virginia is 2-0, Howard is 0-2.
Local No. 6 GW easily handles Boston U. As the world's best GW writer put it, "Sometimes the inside/outside game and the extra pass to the open man hummed like Caruso. Other times, the offense sounded like Lou Reed's "Metal Music Machine" being scatted by a drunken Ethel Merman." Pictures of Karl Hobbs yelling here, and of Rob Diggs's tattoos here. GW is 2-0.
Also: VMI scores 135 in improving to 1-2,
Brad Greenberg wins his first game as Radford goes to 1-2 and fans proclaim "Dread the Red," Navy loses to Robert Morris and drops to 1-2 but manages to outscore the football team (by a field goal), and Morgan State is 2-1 for the first time in nearly two decades.
Tonight: Local No. 1 Georgetown hosts Michigan while Local No. 2 Maryland hosts Northeastern (and which team dodges non-conference foes?), Local No. 10 American has its home opener against Fairfield, team-to-watch Hampton is at Kent State, William & Mary is at N.C. State, winless Md.-Eastern Shore hosts winless Stony Brook and Longwood hosts Virginia-Mike Wise.