Nearly 20 percent of this week’s voters gave their 10th-place nod to a team with at least 15 losses. This includes two voters who saluted 1-24 Towson, and two who chose 6-17 Mount St. Mary’s. Democracy is so overrated.
The Hoyas and Cavs remain the only nationally ranked programs from the area, at 12th and 11th in the AP and 19th and 20th in the coaches poll. VCU got 2 votes in the coaches poll
In RPI matters, Georgetown — at No. 13 — and Virginia — at No. 43 — are the only top 50 programs. After that, we have VCU (85th), Virginia Tech (91st), Maryland (92nd) and Loyola (93rd).
Local rankings and wry comments below.
1. Georgetown (18-4) 384 (34)
Next: Wednesday at Syracuse, Sunday vs. St. John’s.
The key to beating Syracuse is turning Fab Melo into Just Okay Melo. (Markus Videnieks)
The Hoyas are playing so well on defense that student fans have started holding up giant cut-out heads of Leon Panetta and Robert Gates at home games. (Sean McLernon)
We’ve secretly replaced U-Conn with Maryland-Eastern Shore. Let’s see if anyone notices. (Max Wasserman)
This is Rivalry Week, so I’m just going to use this space to say Syracuse Sucks. (Peter Keszler)
2. Virginia (18-4) 349 (4)
Next: Wednesday vs. Wake Forest, Saturday at North Carolina.
Like vintage Tiger Woods, UVA regularly scores less than 70 and usually wins. The ACC Tournament may be the proverbial tree at the bottom of the driveway though. (Markus Videnieks)
After a recent resurgence, UVA stumbled in Florida. Sort of like Newt Gingrich, except Tony Bennett never asked his players for an open relationship so he could also coach younger, healthier teams. (Sean McLernon)
I think the Puppy Bowl had more offense than Virginia’s loss to Florida State. (Devin Perry)
Losing to Florida State in basketball >>> Losing to Florida State in football. (Max Wasserman)
By notching 16 points, 7 turnovers and no assists against the Seminoles, Mike Scott’s impression of Nick Young was nothing if not convincing. (John Albers)
3. VCU (20-5) 293 (1)
Next: Wednesday vs. Towson, Saturday at No. 6 Old Dominion.
In future news, the Rams extend their winning streak to 10 with a win over 1-24 Towson and Shaka Smart is a hot candidate for the coaching vacancy at Wake Forest/Virginia Tech/et al. (John Albers)
4. George Mason (19-6) 271
Next: Wednesday vs. Hofstra, Saturday at UNC Wilmington.
Weren’t the only Patriots to fall behind 2-0 this weekend. (John Albers)
The Blue Hens? (Larry Cuppy)
Beat ODU. Would have been a bigger challenge against Garfield U. (Markus Videnieks)
Got run out of Delaware on a rail. Literally, because the Acela Express is a convenient way to get to and from Wilmington. (Joe Biden, via Max Wasserman)
The Patriots will take on Lamar in their bracket buster matchup. Still no word if the other Tri-Lams will be in attendance. (Chris Bocquet)
5. Maryland (14-9) 213
Next:Saturday at Duke.
Maryland fans complaining about poor sportsmanship is incredibly ironic. (Peter Keszler)
6. Old Dominion (15-10) 146
Next: Wednesday at William & Mary, Saturday vs. No. 3 VCU.
Park Police found Blaine Taylor’s mustache hanging out under the tent of dreams in McPherson Square. (Devin Perry)
As ugly as the Monarchs’ game against George Mason was, I’d still rather watch it than another GoDaddy commercial. (John Albers)
Should be favored at the Tribe on Wednesday, which is a terribly small team consisting of Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Mohammad, and sometimes Jarobi. Huge advantage on the boards for ODU. (Markus Videnieks)
Next: Thursday at Miami, Sunday vs. Boston College.
Fortunately for the Hokies, every team on the ACC tournament bubble is accepted into the ACC tournament. (Kyle Minor)
Turns out Virginia Tech can beat Clemson in something after all. (Sean McLernon)
Officially on the bubble for the Virginia High School League playoffs. (Tennille Campbell)
Time to start Bubble Watch: 2013. (Empty Trophy Case)
Won a close game against a conference opponent. IS THIS REAL LIFE?!? (Max Wasserman)
Hokies play Miami and BC this week. The three combine for a 9-16 conference record. All this so we could watch Clemson give up 70 points in a meaningless Orange Bowl. Awesome. (Markus Videnieks)
We now make jokes about making bubble jokes. Virginia Tech is clearly the most meta team in the Atlantic 11. (Peter Keszler)
Now that National Signing Day has passed, Hokies fans can return to not watching basketball. (John Albers)
8. Loyola (18-5) 144
Next: Friday vs. Iona, Sunday vs. Fairfield.
Crabcakes and Greyhounds basketball, that’s what Maryland does. (Zach Varnauskas)
Have you ever asked yourself what the below-mid-majors were? Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Loyola Greyhounds. (Raven McMillian)
Playing some of the best basketball north of the Potomac. That includes the Wizards. (Andy Minor)
The Greyhounds face the Iona men’s basketball team on Friday. You know who else owns a men’s basketball team? John Calipari and Jim Calhoun. (Markus Videnieks)
9. Norfolk State (17-8) 73
Next: Saturday vs. Hampton.
Watching their season fall apart like it’s February and they’re Georgetown. (Max Wasserman)
We can say so long to the pipedream that was the 15th seed with this losing streak. (Zach Varnauskas)
10. American (15-8) 55
Next: Thursday vs. Lehigh, Saturday at Holy Cross.
On Thursday, the Eagles will host the Mountain Hawks of Lehigh, which is French for “the high.” (John Albers)
One of the Patriot’s concerns this week will be Lehigh’s Stefan Cvrkalj, whose favorite baseball player was probably Kent Hrbek. (Markus Videnieks)
11. Richmond (12-12) 47
Next: Wednesday vs. LaSalle, Saturday vs. George Washington.
(N/A. You try writing something hilarious about a 12-12 Atlantic 10 team that has lost five out of six and is still one of the best teams in this area.)
Also receiving votes: George Washington 6, James Madison 2, Md.-Eastern Shore 2, Mount St. Mary’s 2, Radford 2, Towson 2, VMI 2, Coppin State 1.