Rodney Pryor led the Hoyas with 32 points. (Photo by John McDonnell / The Washington Post)

There will be more than local bragging rights on the line when the Maryland and Georgetown men’s basketball teams square off Tuesday at Verizon Center. The outcome of their first meeting in D.C. since 1993 will likely determine their position relative to each other in the next Atlantic 11, a bi-monthly reader poll of the top 11 men’s basketball teams from among the 27 Division I men’s basketball programs in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

The Terps, who squeaked by American to open their season on Friday, have the slight edge over the Hoyas, who routed USC Upstate on Saturday, in the season’s first poll. Virginia, which routed UNC-Greensboro on Friday, starts the season where it finished each of the last two years, atop the rankings with 33 of 40 first-place votes.

Maryland and Georgetown are followed by VCU, Virginia Tech and George Washington. The bottom half of the poll includes Richmond, William & Mary, Old Dominion and Towson, all of which opened the year with wins. (Note: Ballots were due before Monday’s games, including Old Dominion’s win over Richmond). American got some love for giving Maryland all it could handle in College Park and opens this year’s poll at No. 11. The Eagles didn’t fare as well in a 76-53 loss at Texas A&M on Monday.

A lot could change over the next two weeks. As voter Joe Limarzi points out, UMBC’s RPI was higher than Kentucky, Louisville and Syracuse on Monday morning, but the 2-0 Retrievers couldn’t crack the DMV’s top 11.

To the pith (records through Sunday)…

1. Virginia (1-0) 369 points (33 first-place votes)

U-Va. allowed 17 points in the first half to UNC Greensboro and then allowed 34 points in the second. Tony Bennett must have been livid with that collapse. (Ned Belliveau)

Note to Tony Bennett: Playing Jack Salt at center is perhaps not the answer to critics who say you need to spice up your offense. (Michael Freeman)

U-Va.’s high-pressure defense creates anxiety and frustration in opponents akin to that of a frustrated home crowd rushing the exits during the third quarter of a typical Virginia football game. (Sean McLernon)

Pundits expect a big year from the Cavaliers, but, as we learned in the offseason, you shouldn’t believe everything you read about U-Va. (Chris Olson)

Virginia fans excited for the return of college basketball season: “What is this ‘college football’ you refer to?” (DC Wahoo)

London Perrantes is still rocking the Kid N’ Play afro. That’s good ’cause the Kid Can Play! (James Schneider)

Can U-Va. go wire to wire here? That’s like asking if Tony Bennett is handsome. (Brian Hoysa)

2. Maryland (1-0) 313 points (4)

That sigh of relief you hear is from Terps fans who don’t have to pay attention to the football team anymore. (Chris Olson)

Rumor has it Buffalo Wild Wings will give free chicken anytime the Terps basketball team outscores Maryland’s football opponent. (Michael Freeman)

I’m going to give the Terps the benefit of the doubt and assume that they deliberately kept their margin of victory against middling American to a mere six points as a tribute to the amount of years recently-extended Mark Turgeon is under contract after this season. (Sean McLernon)

The Maryland defense making strides over last year, holding Ohio State to 62, Michigan to 59 and the Hoosiers to 42 points … oh, you meant basketball. (DC Wahoo)

3. Georgetown (1-0) 306 points (3)

The Hoyas showed that South Carolina Upstate is no Radford or Monmouth. Too soon? (Michael Freeman)

The Hoyas won their season opener by 45 points in the second-most decisive victory in D.C. this week, finishing just behind the statehood ballot initiative. (Sean McLernon)

Solid victory over the oxymoron South Carolina Upstate (James Schneider)

How soon will they be Radforded in 2016? Over/under is two weeks. (Chris Olson)

Georgetown won their first game of the season but more impressive will be their insistence that Maryland isn’t a rival. (Ned Belliveau)

Thanks to the Hoyas, a George Muresan is finally back on the Verizon Center hardwood. (Brian Hoysa)

4. VCU (1-0) 256 points

Historians will argue for years over whether VCU’s exhibition loss to Division II Queens College was the second great fall of Richmond. (Michael Freeman)

Sure, technically the Rams are the only Atlantic 11 team with a win over a team (UNC Asheville) that played in the NCAA tournament last season, but I’m not sure No. 15 seeds count. (Sean McLernon)

I’d have the Rams higher if they didn’t drop an exhibition game to DII Queens. You’ve got to represent the A11 better. (Brian Hoysa)

Whatever happens with their season, the Rams have the best hair in the Atlantic 11. (Chris Olson)

5. Virginia Tech (1-0) 233 points

If Seth Allen keeps playing well you have to think Coach Buzz Williams will reach out to Mark Turgeon at the trade deadline. (James Schneider)

If the Hokies can manage to make shots at the same frequency that coach Buzz Williams uses the heart emoji on Twitter, they will have a great season. (Sean McLernon)

Buzz Williams hasn’t left Virginia Tech yet? (Paul Clifton)

ESPN says the Hokies have the NCAA’s weakest nonconference schedule, thus this victory over the Maine Black Bears may dominate the end-of-season highlight video. (Michael Freeman)

Virginia Tech on their imposing OOC Schedule: “Even though we know High Point is coming in here next, we knew we couldn’t look past Maine.” (DC Wahoo)

6. George Washington (1-0) 145 points

Win the postseason NIT, but ranked outside the top 5 in the Atlantic 11, not optimal. (Joshua Meredith)

Up and down week for GWs. The team struggles in a win over UMES and Christopher Jackson steps down as GW in Broadway’s “Hamilton.” (Paul Frampton)

Barely holding off UMES in the season opener can’t be a good sign of things to come. (Chris Olson)

GW’s four-point victory over Maryland Eastern-Shore in the season opener is a lot like their NIT Championship last season: It’s a win, but hard to get that excited about it. (Sean McLernon)

7. Richmond (1-0) 123 points

Spiders beat Virginia Military Institute on Veterans Day. Not cool guys. (Chris Olson)

The Spiders barely held on to beat Virginia Military Institute, which would only be impressive if it came in a military maneuver tactics contest rather than a basketball game. (Sean McLernon)

Struggled to put away VMI, now gets to watch out for handshakes from Jeff Jones and ODU. (Paul Frampton)

8. William & Mary (1-0) 96 points 

I feel pretty good about picking W&M this week in the Atlantic 11 Survivor Pool, which is totally a real thing and not something I’m doing all by myself. (Sean McLernon)

Instead of being a cupcake in their opener, W&M scheduled a cupcake by hosting Bridgewater. There should be a slight jump in competition when the Tribe plays Louisville next. (Brian Hoysa)

9. Old Dominion (1-0) 89 points

The Monarchs opened the season with an easy win over James Madison, so it really was a rough week for those qualified to be president. (Sean McLernon)

Monarchs downed James Madison last week, which somehow feels like a metaphor for the election. (Chris Olson)

10. Towson (1-0) 67 points

William Adala Moto and Mike Morsell combined to score 43 points. We shall call them MoMo. (James Schneider)

Hopefully Towson’s win over George Mason spares us the indignity of seeing the Patriots hanging around the bottom of the A11 rankings. (Chris Olson)

11. American (0-1) 51 points

Maryland nearly guaranteed the arrival of American into the Atlantic 11 with their close call in the first game. (Matt Ipri)

Two freshmen, two sophomores, and a transfer senior held their own against a preseason top-25 team gets a vote from me! (Jordan Tobin)

Just like America, American kept it close but came up short last week. (Chris Olson)

American couldn’t close out the Terps, marking the second time in less than a week that Americans dropped the ball. (Ned Belliveau)

Also receiving votes: George Mason 30, Navy 18, UMBC 10, Howard 7, JMU 6, Radford 3, Hampton 2, Norfolk State 2, VMI 2, Coppin State 1, Liberty 1, Mount St. Mary’s 1.