One of my favorite bits of Atlantic 11 trivia is that Morgan State Basketball Coach Todd Bozeman proudly lists the Bears’ seventh-place finish in the final 2009-10 Atlantic 11 poll on his bio page on the team’s Web site.

Bozeman’s 2-6 team has some work to do before it sniffs this year’s rankings — a reader poll of the top 11 teams among the 27 schools with Division I basketball programs in D.C., Maryland and Virginia — but George Washington Coach Mike Lonergan could have an even more impressive accomplishment to add to his own bio page come March. Lonergan’s Colonials, who remain No. 3 in this week’s poll, are ranked in the Associated Press (No. 21) and coaches (No. 22) polls for the first time since the end of the 2005-06 season.

Maryland, coming off wins over Connecticut and Maryland-Eastern Shore, is No. 1 in the Atlantic 11 and received 34 of 51 first-place votes. Virginia, which received 14 first-place votes, is No. 2. GW, Georgetown, VCU and Richmond follow, meaning the top-six spots are unchanged from last week.

JMU, winners of six straight, jumped one spot to seventh, followed by William & Mary, Virginia Tech, Old Dominion (why????) and Navy.

To the pith…

1. Maryland (9-1, 0-0 Big Ten) 491 points (34 first-place votes) (Last Week: 1)
Next: Saturday vs. Princeton

Princeton is famous for (among other things) its 11 private Eating Clubs, where chefs prepare daily meals for students. Maryland has Cluck-U Chicken on Rt. 1. This is college — advantage Terps. (Markus Videnieks)

Now that they’re both retired, did Gary Williams and Jim Calhoun hate-text each other during the Maryland-UConn game? (Michael Freeman)

The new Terps football coach made the rounds at a recent Maryland basketball game, probably just to remind fans that the school does indeed still have football team. (Sean McLernon)

Announcers keep saying Melo Trimble’s enthusiasm is infectious. He should probably get that checked out. (Chris Olson)

Going from Byrd to Maryland Stadium doesn’t fill up the Debbie Yow Suite Level. (David Goodman)

So…I wonder who Randy Edsall rooted for in this one? (Jared Kotler)

Sitting in the stands at MSG for the Jimmy V Classic, this is what became clear: anyone who thinks Maryland has meathead fans has never sat amongst a bunch of UConn and WVU fans. (Matt Ipri)

When Melo Trimble visted Eataly, diners decided he had a better and wider variety of dishes. (Richard Hsu)

2. Virginia (8-1, 0-0 ACC) 456 points (14) (Last Week: 2)
Next: Saturday vs. Villanova

After London Perrantes’ shooting performance against West Virginia, Virginia is scheduling an appendectomy for all players over the holidays. Evan Nolte is up first. (Ted Wheeler)

The Hoos are taking on-court efficiency to such an extreme that each player is apparently rejecting his respective vestigial organs. (Sean McLernon)

I’m not worried about U-Va. having 11 days without a game before Saturday’s matchup with Villanova. These guys play for Tony Bennett — not scoring for a long time is part of the plan. (Markus Videnieks)

Good to see that Bob Huggins dressed up for his big night at Madison Square Garden when West Virginia got ripped by Virginia. He looked like he was wearing black pajamas. (Mike Dean)

Virginia beat West Virginia in the Jimmy V Classic last week. However, West Virginia pointed out that it won the war. The Civil War. (Grant Kronenberg)

No. 1 in KenPom, but No. 2 where it really matters — the Atlantic 11! (Matt Ipri)

Playing NOVA on Saturday in a real in-state rivalry. (Chris Olson)

U-Va. plays Villanova on Saturday. Despite often going by “Nova,” the Wildcats are not members of the Atlantic 11. (Brian Hoysa)

Faces West Virginia, Villanova, California. Are Transylvania, Concordia, Alabama, and Arizona next? (Adam Anthony)

U-Va. students celebrate their victory over WVU by burning their Izod sweaters and boat shoes. (Mike Doughten)

3. George Washington (9-1, 0-0 A10) 414 points (3) (Last Week: 3)
Next: Saturday vs. Saint Peter’s

GW, which beat Rutgers by 35, would’ve been better off scheduling Scarlet Knights Coach Eddie Jordan’s high school alma mater, Archbishop Carroll. (Jared Kotler)

The Colonials meet Saint Peter’s Peacocks on Saturday, which for the rest of us doesn’t happen until we die and go to the zoo. (Brian Hoysa)

The Colonials are off to their best start in more than 60 years, or, as D.C. sports fans might calculate it, 138 starting Redskins QBs ago. You like that math? (Sean McLernon)

By beating Penn State and Rutgers last week, GWU showed that just as President George Washington refused to be ruled by the British, they refuse to let Maryland be the only local school who gets to feast on the soft underbelly of the Big Ten. (Markus Videnieks)

Beat Rutgers by 34. Nothing from New Jersey has looked that bad since Jersey Shore got cancelled. (Chris Olson)

That’ll teach Penn State and Rutgers to leave the Atlantic 10. (Max Wasserman)

After vanquishing Cavaliers, Pirates, Black Knights, and Scarlet Knights so far this season, GW Coach Mike Lonergan is in talks to replace Jaime Lannister as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. (Vince Colatriano)

After facing Rutgers Saturday, hoping not to receive a visit from Fat Tony, or perhaps to have any…uh… “regrettable” accidents befall them…if you know to what I refer? (Adam Anthony)

First place in the Big 10! (Kangy Gareaux)

If this were European soccer, GW would be promoted to the Big 10 and Rutgers would be relegated. (Ted Wheeler)

Kudos to the Colonials on their Dregs of the Big Ten (Rutgers and Penn State) tour to pad the resume. (Michael Freeman)

4. Georgetown (6-3, 0-0 Big East) 359 points (Last Week: 4)
Next: Tuesday vs. Monmouth, Saturday vs. UNC Asheville

Fans of the Hoyas would probably trade a loss to Radford for a win over Syracuse. Can’t do anything about that inevitable early March Madness exit, though. Sorry. (Sean McLernon)

After beating the UNCW Seahawks, next up are the Monmouth Hawks. I support the move to schedule teams with progressively less descriptive mascots. Go State U Animals (Markus Videnieks)

Beat Brown and UNC Wilmington to prepare for big visit by Monmouth. Another Radford in the offing? (Paul Frampton)

At least one local team can get a W against a UNC. Of course, that was against UNC-W. (Chris Olson)

Ah December. When the season of giving is upon us, starting with the Hoyas giving away victories to lowly opponents… (Christopher Boan)

There was a tournament-like atmosphere in the Verizon Center as Wilmington and Georgetown batted down to the wire! That tournament was the NIT, but still . . . (Kangy Gareaux)

Thought more would’ve been made about Georgetown taking down an undefeated UNC team. Oh wait…it was UNC Wilmington? (Jared Kotler)

Georgetown’s “padding your record” part of the schedule is almost over. (Mike Doughten)

5. VCU (5-3, 0-0 A10) 274 points (Last Week: 5)
Next: Tuesday at Georgia Tech, Saturday vs. Cincinnati

Huge win over UNC for the program’s most recognizable name, Shaka Smart. (Chris Olson)

VCU solidified their spot in the Atlantic 11 by not playing last week. (Mike Doughten)

Of course that Rams are playing a tough early-season competition. That’s HAVOC — Helping Assure Vicious Opposing Competition. (Sean McLernon)

The only thing I learned about VCU basketball last week was that Shaka Smart’s Longhorns beat UNC. (Brian Hoysa)

It felt strange to see Shaka Smart pulling off a big upset win in his trademark two-sizes-too-baggy dress shirt for another team this weekend. (Markus Videnieks)

How about that incredible last second shot to beat UNC! Wow, what a win! Wait, what? Shaka doesn’t coach at VCU anymore? (Matt Ipri)

6. Richmond (6-3, 0-0 A10) 248 points (Last Week: 6)
Next: Wednesday vs. Old Dominion

Upcoming game against Old Dominion will determine control of I-64 and the all important OBX transportation corridor. (Chris Olson)

Not only did the Spiders easily beat Longwood, they managed to do it without giggling once at the mention of the school’s name. (Sean McLernon)

In a game important to just us Atlantic 11 voters and like a handful of people in Virginia, the Spiders take on ODU this week. (Markus Videnieks)

Made short work of Longwood. (James Schneider)

7. JMU (8-3, 0-0 CAA) 150 points (Last Week: 8)
Next: Sunday vs. East Carolina

Dimitrije Cabarkapa is going to be the new fancy cocktail for 2016. (James Schneider)

JMU forward Yohanny Dalembert, who had 11 rebounds against George Mason, should be a lock on the Mid-Season A11 All-Name Team. (Brian Hoysa)

Now that Golden State finally lost, JMU’s current six-game winning streak can finally get the attention that it deserves, which is probably no more than just me mentioning it here. (Sean McLernon)

Beat the stuffing out of former Atlantic 11 darling George Mason. Come back Jim Larranaga, we have the same weather as Miami now. (Chris Olson)

3-0 against Atlantic 11 eligible teams and that’s all that matters here. (Markus Videnieks)

8. William & Mary (5-3, 0-0 CAA) 134 points (Last Week: 7)
Next: Friday vs. Mary Washington

Mary Washington comes to Williamsburg on Friday. Her son George had really been begging her about a trip to Busch Gardens. (Brian Hoysa)

Haven’t played since losing to Virginia on December 5. Did Darius Thompson’s dunk kill the Tribe basketball program? (Chris Olson)

9. Virginia Tech (7-3, 0-0 ACC) 108 points (Last Week: 9)
Next: Saturday vs. Grambling State

The Hokies men’s basketball team isn’t the joke that it used to be, even if Buzz Williams’ outfits suggest otherwise. (Sean McLernon)

Virginia Tech keeps climbing in the rankings as they pile up the wins on the Takedown Teams in the Bottom Third of College Basketball tour. (Jared Kotler)

We all get fat during the holidays, but the Hokies are taking it to extremes by scheduling Lamar, Arkansas Pine Bluff, and Grambling. (Chris Olson)

The key to beating Lamar on Sunday was staying off the (Lamar guard Kevin) Booze. That guy is a pretty good foul shooter — the Hokies could have been in trouble if he was at the line all day. (Markus Videnieks)

Will the highlight of the Hokies’ year-end video be a win over notorious Hoya-killer Radford? (Michael Freeman)

Grambling State rolls into Blacksburg on Saturday. If they bring their band, Cassell Coliseum might fill up over half the seats. (Brian Hoysa)

10. Old Dominion (4-5, 1-1 CUSA) 50 points (Last Week: NR)
Next: Wednesday at Richmond, Friday vs. UMES

If a 6-7 record is good enough for first place in the NFC East, a 4-5 record is worthy of a spot in the Atlantic 11. (Scott Allen)

11. Navy (8-3, 0-0 Patriot) 40 points (Last Week: 11)
Next: Monday vs. South Carolina Upstate

Go Navy! Beat… VMI? (Matt Ipri)

The Midshipmen took down VMI on Saturday, further strengthening their service academy supremacy. (Brian Hoysa)

Beating VMI gives Navy superiority among Atlantic 11 military institutions, which merits a call from the Commander-in-Chief. I hope you’re reading this, President Obama. (Sean McLernon)

It was a foregone conclusion that the US Navy would beat basically a state militia on Saturday. Take that NRA! (Markus Videnieks)

Dropped out: Radford
Also receiving votes: George Mason 22, Towson 21, Radford 18, Hampton 6, American 5, UMES 4, Morgan State 3, Howard 1, Loyola 1.