Virginia snapped its first losing streak of the season with a 79-62 win over Wake Forest on Sunday, but the Cavaliers still tumbled eight spots in the Associated Press Top 25. The Atlantic 11 — a bimonthly 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 — is more forgiving, and Tony Bennett’s squad remains on top with 32 of 40 first-place votes.
Maryland, which shook off a New Year’s Day meltdown against Nebraska and improved to 14-2 with a win at Michigan on Saturday, is No. 2, with a season-high seven first-place votes, followed by Virginia Tech and surging VCU.
George Mason has lost two of three after a nine-game win streak but jumped Georgetown, losers of four straight, for the fifth spot. To the pith…
1. Virginia (12-3, 2-2 ACC) 392 points (32 first-place votes) | Previous: 1
Next: Saturday at Clemson.
Your boos are only making Kyle Guy’s man bun stronger. It will soon be more powerful than all of us. (Sean McLernon)
— Will Graves (@WillGravesAP) January 5, 2017
Kyle Guy hit the shot to put them ahead of FSU, but then they lost on a buzzer-beater. Goes to show that man buns just don’t pay. (Matt Ipri)
The latest high-profile incident of identify theft had to be someone in Hoos’ uniforms giving up 18 points in a five-minute overtime to Pitt. (Michael Freeman)
2016 could not have ended in a more fitting fashion for Virginia fans than delivering one final sucker punch in the form of a FSU buzzer-beater. (Kate Gaziano)
“Kornheiser and Gary Williams buy a bar” headlines totally clobbered the news that Tony Bennett and NPR’s David Greene bought a Bookmobile. (Richard Hsu)
Looks like the KFC in KFC! Yum Center stands for Kentucky Fried Cardinal after the performance Virginia had over Louisville. (Jared Kotler)
London Perrantes’s hair is as tight as U-Va.’ s games of late. (Russell Meyer)
2. Maryland (14-2, 2-1 Big Ten) 339 points (7) | Previous: 2
Next: Tuesday vs. Indiana, Saturday at Illinois.
It wasn’t Melo’s most efficient performance, but he did finish with more passing yards than Perry Hills did at Michigan this year. (Joey Flyntz)
Big seven-point win over Michigan … only need 50 more points to avenge the football team’s 59-3 loss to the Wolverines. (Chris Olson)
The Terps have new Red Ops uniforms, which seem to be a well-timed tribute to the KGB just before the Trump inauguration. (Sean McLernon)
It’ll be great going to Chad’s to watch the Terps blow a late-game lead. Feels like childhood. (Richard Hsu)
Having Melo Trimble drive one-on-three to the basket seems to be losing its element of surprise after about the 500th time running that play. (Michael Freeman)
3. Virginia Tech (12-3, 1-2 ACC) 313 points (1) | Previous: 3
Next: Tuesday vs. Syracuse, Saturday vs. Notre Dame.
Buzz Williams feverishly trying to figure out how to get Syracuse’s Tyler Lydon to trip someone important before Tuesday game. (Richard Hsu)
Buzz Williams is hoping we remember that win against Duke “indefinitely.” And not their last few games. (Matt Ipri)
The win over Duke may be the main reason Grayson Allen’s suspension was so short, and for that I don’t think I can forgive the Hokies. (Sean McLernon)
Duke does not have enough trips down the court to beat Virginia Tech. (Mike Green)
Beat Duke and then fell on their face at N.C. State and Florida State. It’s almost like there was a bad trip. (Paul Frampton)
N.C. State beat Virginia Tech by 26. UNC beat NC State by 51. Displaying their math skills, the Hokies have canceled their Feb. 15 game with the Tar Heels to sort their collective sock drawer. (Michael Freeman)
4. VCU (13-3, 3-0 A10) 304 points | Previous: 4
Next: Wednesday vs. George Washington, Saturday at Davidson.
Sitting in Austin with his 7-8 Texas team, Shaka Smart looks longingly from afar at red-hot VCU’s seven-game winning streak. (Michael Freeman)
Come for the fast-paced basketball, stay for the postgame funny hats. (Sean McLernon)
VCU guard Doug Brooks came to post game press conference prepared for weather. Said he bought hat on team's trip to Spain last summer. pic.twitter.com/q98tRw13rq
— Paul Woody (@World_of_Woody) January 7, 2017
7 in a row! #winning! … or are we not doing that anymore? (Chris Olson)
The Rams’ Wednesday clash with GW is sure to tip the Atlantic 11 … one way or another. (Richard Hsu)
One of two A11 teams to go 4-0 this period. They get votes, Longwood does not. (Paul Frampton)
5. George Mason (11-5, 1-2 A10) 163 points | Previous: 6
Next: Tuesday at Saint Joseph’s, Saturday vs. Saint Louis.
The team is using the hashtag #GetPatriotic, which feels weird at first, but I’m coming around to it as a longshot attempt during troubled times to truly unite this country. (Sean McLernon)
Like Paul Simon, the Patriots will have to get in the rhythm of the saints … with St. Bonaventure, St. Joseph and St. Louis back-to-back-to-back. (Chris Olson)
After dropping two of three, Mason’s nine-game winning streak seems as distant a memory as Tyson’s Corner with manageable traffic. (Michael Freeman)
Otis Livingston II changes his last name to O’Livingston in order to keep up with Marquise Moore and Jalen Jenkins. (Mike Doughten)
6. Georgetown (8-8, 0-4 Big East) 162 points | Previous: 5
Next: Monday vs. St. John’s, Saturday vs. U-Conn.
Four losses in a row. Has anyone checked to see if Rich Chvotkin remembers his signature call? (Chris Olson)
Has the first NIT Bracketology been published yet? (Michael Freeman)
Is there a JTIV, a.k.a. The Quatro, for Georgetown to hire? The current model isn’t doing so hot. (Joey Harris)
JT 0-4. Because we can’t do these jokes with RGIII anymore. (Jared Kotler)
The best 8-8 team in the country? (Joe Limarzi)
Not sure who is kept on a longer leash — the Georgetown bulldog or John Thompson III. (Jared Kotler)
Georgetown, the Cleveland Browns of the Big East. (Mike Doughten)
7. Richmond (9-6, 3-0 A10) 156 points | Previous: 10
Next: Wednesday vs. St. Bonaventure, Saturday at Saint Joseph’s.
Spiders shot 62 percent against George Washington. Thankfully musket technology prevented the British from doing the same. (Chris Olson)
T.J. Cline has led the Spiders to their best Atlantic 10 start in 20 years, making him the most important arachnid since Tobey Maguire. (Michael Freeman)
8. Old Dominion (10-6, 3-1 CUSA) 141 points | Previous: 7
Next: Thursday vs. Southern Miss., Saturday vs. Louisiana Tech.
After Zoran Talley’s hot performances, will Adam Sandler show up at ODU for “You Don’t Mess with the Zoran” night? (Michael Freeman)
Monarchs battered, heated-up, and poured it on against Pancake Thomas and Western Kentucky. (Chris Olson)
9. George Washington (9-7, 1-2 A10) 117 points | Previous: 8
Next: Wednesday at VCU, Sunday at La Salle.
After dropping three of four, things could be going off the rails in Foggy Bottom, and that is not a Metro joke. (Paul Frampton)
10. UMBC (11-4, 2-0 America East) 37 points | Previous: 11
Next: Wednesday at Hartford, Friday at Vermont.
With a 2-0 start in America East play, Retrievers are vying for campus supremacy. UMBC’s vaunted chess team starts looking over their shoulders. (Jack H.)
More like University of Maybe Bubble Contenders. (Sean McLernon)
The Retrievers are off to their best start since joining Division I, finally giving Baltimore a winner after the disappointing Orioles, Ravens and “The Wire” cops with that poor arrest record. (Michael Freeman)
Binghamton couldn’t handle UMBC but at least the next time they come to town, they’ll have Kornheiser’s restaurant to eat at. (Jared Kotler)
Prides of Baltimore, ranked: 1. UMBC Retrievers, 2. Baltimore Aquarium. (Kate Gaziano)
11. William & Mary (8-6, 2-1 CAA) 32 points | Previous: Not Ranked
Next: Thursday at UNC-Wilmington, Saturday at Charleston.
Can confirm that Drexel’s dragon mascot is in fact fictional after snow led to the postponement of Saturday’s scheduled game at William & Mary. (Brian Hoysa)
Dropped out: Towson
Also receiving votes: Towson 12, Radford 4, Howard 2, JMU 2, Mount St. Mary’s 1.