Georgetown center Bradley Hayes is greeted by John Thompson Jr. after the Hoyas beat Syracuse on Saturday. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Maryland dropped four spots to No. 6 in the latest Associated Press poll after suffering its first loss of the season at North Carolina on Tuesday, but the Terrapins’ stumble on Tobacco Road wasn’t enough to knock them from their perch atop the Atlantic 11.

(The Atlantic 11, for the uninitiated, is a non-scientific, sometimes humorous reader poll of the top 11 teams among the 27 schools with Division I basketball programs in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.)

In fact, the first six spots in the poll remain unchanged from last week. No. 2 Virginia, which won at Ohio State and at home against William & Mary, received 13 first-place votes to Maryland’s 29. No. 3 George Washington, which improved to 7-1 and beat the Cavaliers earlier in the season, received four first-place votes.

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Georgetown beat Syracuse to go over .500 for the first time this season, but the Hoyas remain fourth, followed by VCU and Richmond.

It wasn’t an entirely boring week, as there was some movement at the bottom of the poll. Old Dominion and George Mason dropped out, while James Madison and Navy moved in.

JMU jumped all the way to eighth after going 3-0 last week, including the Dukes’ second win over Marshall in 10 days. Navy, which has won seven straight, makes its 2015-16 debut in the poll. The Midshipmen play No. 24 Oregon on Monday at Pearl Harbor.

To the pith …

1. Maryland (7-1, 0-0 Big Ten) 439 points (29 first-place votes) (Last Week: 1)
Next: Tuesday vs. Connecticut, Saturday vs. UMES

Maryland’s Jake Layman changed his name to Bricklayman following his performance at UNC. (Mike Green)

Melo Timble had 23 points, eight turnovers and played no defense in Maryland’s loss to UNC. He just moved to the top of the Knicks’ draft board. (Ted Wheeler)

It can be difficult for Mark Turgeon to teach the team complicated defensive setups because he’s always forced to use Layman’s terms. (Max Wasserman)

Terps fans shouldn’t sweat this loss too much. Carolina will certainly vacate it within three years. (Matt Ipri)

Could’ve been worse, Maryland. Could’ve lost to Duke. (Jared Kotler)

Can’t spell “Maryland can’t beat Carolina” without the letters ACC. (Matt Bonesteel)

I think I gleaned from the ESPN broadcast that Maryland used to play in the ACC, but I’m not sure. (Alex Knobel)

Counting down the days to Saturday’s Old Bay Natty Boh Classic: Maryland vs. UMES. (Michael)

2. Virginia (7-1, 0-0 ACC) 417 points (13 first-place votes) (Last Week: 2)
Next: Tuesday vs. West Virginia, Saturday vs. Villanova

Is appendicitis contagious? Asking for a friend on the U-Va. basketball team. (Sean McLernon)

U-Va. has added having had an appendectomy as an entrance requirement for its men’s basketball players. (Mike Green)

The quality of play in the Hoos’ win over Ohio State was so ugly, London Perrantes’ appendix wanted no part of it. (Michael Freeman)

Clearly the pack-line defense has one big hole in it: Protecting appendixes. (Matt Ipri)

When it’s the time before each game for Tony Bennett to decide who starts at center, Tobey or not Tobey, that is the question. (Max Wasserman)

Virginia plays West Virginia on Tuesday. Once in an episode of “The West Wing,” President Bartlet confused the Cavaliers with the Mountaineers. Virginia fans demanded his impeachment. (Grant Kronenberg)

New football coach Bronco Mendenhall’s contract is 2.5 times longer and 7.5 times as lucrative as what the Nats offered Bud Black. (Chris Olson)

Tuesday’s game with West Virginia is spotlight matchup in the Atlantic 11/Greater Appalachian 12 Showdown. (Matt Bonesteel)

Feeling confident in their status as the best team in Virginia, U-Va. takes on undefeated West Virginia Tuesday night to determine the best team in all the Virginias. (Brian Hoysa)

3. George Washington (7-1, 0-0 A10) 355 points (4 first-place votes) (Last Week: 3)
Next: Tuesday vs. Penn State, Saturday vs. Rutgers

Just a reminder, GW beat Virginia! (Michael LaPlace)

“George Washington Defeats Pirates” would be a much more exciting headline if it didn’t involve Seton Hall. (Chris Olson)

In the Seton Hall game, Patricio Garino committed three traveling violations in a four-minute span, the most since he tried to smuggle a dozen jars of dulce de leche through customs. (Max Wasserman)

Colonials hope to avenge that Atlantic 10 loss to Penn State in 1984. (Matt Bonesteel)

The Colonials begin the “Big 10 teams that aren’t great” portion of their schedule with Penn State and Rutgers. (Brian Hoysa)

Where collecting RPI points by beating power conference weaklings can get rather boring quickly. (Joshua Meredith)

4. Georgetown (4-3, 0-0 Big East) 325 points (Last Week: 4)
Next: Monday vs. Brown, Saturday vs. UNC Wilmington

Georgetown thought the best way to prepare for Syracuse’s vaunted 2-3 zone defense was to start off the week with a 2-3 record. (Jared Kotler)

If you beat Syracuse but Boeheim isn’t around to see it, did it really happen? (Chris Olson)

Nice road win at Verizon Center for the Hoyas on Saturday. (Matt Bonesteel)

The Hoyas should consider opening a fresh juice shop on M Street after repeatedly juicing the Orange out of D.C. (Andy Lutz)

Those team trips to watch the leaves changer color were good preparation for consecutive games against the Orange and Brown. (Max Wasserman)

Is a win over Syracuse even satisfying for Hoyas fans if they don’t get to enjoy Jim Boeheim’s pained expression? (Michael Freeman)

Georgetown has the worst record in the Big East. Fourth in the Atlantic 11 seems about right. (Mike Doughten)

5. VCU (5-3, 0-0 A10) 275 points (Last Week: 5)
Next: Tuesday at Georgia Tech, Saturday vs. Cincinnati

Apparently “Havoc” now means “Just give the ball to Melvin Johnson all the time.” (Matt Bonesteel)

VCU goes down in the battle of hyphenated names with Florida State’s Xavier Rathan-Mayes taking down Mo Allie-Cox. (Jared Kotler)

The Rams are perfect 3-0 against Atlantic 11 eligible teams, making themselves an early favorite to win what I’m calling the “Local” College Basketball Cup (Sean McLernon)

6. Richmond (5-3, 0-0 A10) 180 points (Last Week: 6)
Next: Saturday vs. Longwood

With wins over ranked Cal and Northern Iowa and drubbings by Florida and George Mason, Richmond’s already had more ups and down than the Shockwave coaster at Kings Dominion. (Michael Freeman)

Early-season success moves Richmond higher in Spider rankings, now just above Spider solitaire, but still below Spider-Man. (Sean McLernon)

Spiders beat the team that beat North Carolina, which beat Maryland. So want to put Richmond at No. 1. (Matt Bonesteel)

I considered voting the Spiders number one. They handled Northern Iowa, who upset UNC, who took care of business against the Terps. Seems like a legit reason to claim that Richmond is better than Maryland. (Brian Hoysa)

So Richmond beat Northern Iowa, who beat UNC, who beat Maryland, so therefore, Richmond > Maryland. (Jared Kotler)

Leading scorer Terry Allen is averaging 21 a game. Former Redskin Terry Allen wore number 21. That insight will be $5 please. (Chris Olson)

7. William & Mary (5-3, 0-0 CAA) 141 points (Last Week: 7)
Next: Dec. 18 vs. Mary Washington

The start of the U-Va.-W&M game was delayed 45 minutes while the students finished their thermodynamics lab reports. (Matt Ipri)

Proved themselves to be the Older Dominion. (Max Wasserman)

William & Mary vs. Mary Washington, a manly matchup. (Matt Bonesteel)

The Tribe’s exam break leaves them without a game until Dec. 18, which doesn’t help the school’s reputation of being nerdy. (Brian Hoysa)

W&M hung close with U-Va. in their game this weekend, but faded late and let Virginia have all the fun at the end of the night. Typical night out with U-Va and W&M students. (Sean McLernon)

8. JMU (7-3, 0-0 CAA) 94 points (Last Week: NR)
Next:
Saturday vs. George Mason

The Dukes take on GMU on Saturday in what used to be a great CAA matchup. Thank goodness money and politics can’t jeopardize their relationship as fellow A11 schools. (Brian Hoysa)

Dukes beat Marshall for the second time this season, petition AAC for membership. (Matt Bonesteel)

The Dukes decided to play Marshall in a rare non-conference home-and-home series, apparently deciding to adopt the most mundane NBA tradition they can think of. (Sean McLernon)

9. Virginia Tech (5-3, 0-0 ACC) 67 points (Last Week: 10)
Next: Wednesday at Radford, Sunday vs. Lamar

4,931 people showed up to watch the Hokies play Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Meanwhile, across campus, 4,945 showed up at the dining hall to watch Justine Fuente eat a ham sandwich. (Grant Kronenberg)

Losing to Northwestern will haunt them later in their efforts to play their way onto the Seth Greenberg Commemorative Bubble. (Michael Freeman)

The Independence Bowl and the Atlantic 11: two places where Virginia Tech’s presence feels downright unnatural. (Ned Belliveau)

Hokies go to the line 40 times in seven-hour win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff. (Matt Bonesteel)

“Beat the Bad Teams, Lose to the Good Ones” is actually the motto of all Virginia Tech teams. (Chris Olson)

Buzz Williams was terse and grumpy with reporters following the Hokies’ loss to Northwestern last week, but that was probably because the game caused him to miss “Dancing with the Stars.” (Sean McLernon)

In search of a signature win at Virginia Tech, Buzz Williams has been pulling out the craziest of sports jackets from his closet. The checkerboard one this week almost threw off Northwestern. (Jared Kotler)

10. Radford (5-4, 1-1 Big South) 58 points (Last Week: 8)
Next: Wednesday vs. Virginia Tech, Saturday at Howard

Loss to Coastal Carolina is understandable given that Radford didn’t know what a “Chanticleer” was. (Chris Olson)

Radford’s loss to JMU ends their hopes of I-81 domination. (Mike Doughten)

Radford and VT play this week in the battle for SW Virginia, and more importantly, the battle for staying in the Atlantic 11 poll. (Ted Wheeler)

Radford goes from beating Georgetown to losing to the Chanticleers. Really… anyone know what a chanticleer is? (Jared Kotler)

Radford refuses to confirm or deny report that it has commissioned Kobe Bryant to compose poem announcing its imminent retirement from the Atlantic 11 standings. (Vince Colatriano)

The Highlanders battle the Hokies to see who is king of southwestern Virginia. Somewhere, Sasquatch objects. (Brian Hoysa)

11. Navy (7-2, 0-0 Patriot) 56 points (Last Week: NR)
Next: Monday vs. Oregon (at Hawaii), Saturday at VMI.

I would like to hear the announcers punctuate every Navy made three-pointer with “Anchors aweigh!” (Michael)

Did Ed DeChellis actively recruit Tilman Dunbar, or did he just take for granted that Tilman was destined to land somewhere boat-related? (Max Wasserman)

Dropped out: George Mason, Old Dominion
Also receiving votes: Old Dominion 52, Morgan State 46, George Mason 31, Towson 22, Howard 10, Hampton 2, Liberty 2, Mount St. Mary’s 2, American 1, VMI 1.