Local Hoops Poll Week Seven: A New Regime
[Note: If you're reading this between 7 and 8 pm, I recently deleted everything and had to start over, so I'm publishing a first take without the pithy comments. They'll be coming soon. Also, when I deleted it all, I hit myself really hard in the head and might be concussed.]
[Note: Please bear in mind that the pithy comments were authored and chosen before tonight's two heart-stopping Poll on Poll games.]
This Poll has only been around for a few weeks. It doesn't yet have an Official Name. It doesn't yet have Official T-shirts (where have you gone, voter and T-shirt designer Chris Olson????) It doesn't yet have an Official Year-End Trophy. John Feinstein has not yet requested voting rights, although he'd probably vote if I asked him. Neither Gary Williams nor Karl Hobbs have yet called to complain about their ranking, although I have heard from two assistant coaches with other Local teams. In short, the Poll is clearly in its infancy.
And yet there's no denying that today is truly a monumentally mind-blowingly historical day. When has Virginia Tech last laid claim to having the best Division I men's basketball team in our one-state-one-District-and-one-commonwealth voting area? Certainly not during the 8.5 years in which I've lived in this area. A more historically-minded reader will have to tell me when last this happened, if at all. Are they popping Champagne in Blacksburg? Is Coleman Collins missing dunks in honor of the occasion? What goes on in Foggy Bottom, where the Colonials now own a win over the Area's top-ranked team? And what goes on in Georgetown, where the hate for the Poll Voters must be rising to new levels of intensity? What will this weekend be like at Tech, site of the first-ever Local No. 1 vs. Local No. 2 showdown? Clearly, I will be trying to get Seth Greenberg on the phone tomorrow to discuss these issues and more.
[Actual Washington Post reader e-mail I received yesterday: "I don't know what it is about yours and every other Post columnist's hatred towards the Hokies, but it's really getting annoying. How about a little respect or publicity for a VT program on the rise that just beat 2 powerhouses in the same week??"
Here's your respect, Actual Washington Post e-mailer. You're Number One.]
Now for the official summary: Virginia Tech hops over Maryland and Georgetown, GW stays steady at No. 4, VCU (which never loses but can't get a break from pollsters) and ODU hop over Virginia, George Mason regains its perch at No. 8, William & Mary drops one spot to No. 9, Loyola makes its first appearance in Poll history at No. 10, and Navy slips to No. 11, while American falls into the shady netherworld known as Also Receiving Votes. Sorry, AU fans. We'll see you back here soon.
Also, in a clear attempt to drive me, Jamie Paquette, FitzFacts and Reader Glenn nuts, some voters continue to sprinkle their bottom votes among a group of truly nasty teams that deserve no votes whatsoever. Clearly, this attempt to drive me nuts is working. I have no other explanation for these results.
There were 58 voters. First-place votes in parentheses.
1. Virginia Tech (47) (13-4) 567
--Wednesday at Florida State, Sunday vs. No. 2 Maryland.
--A short four-and-a-half hour drive to see DC's best local team. (Scott Jackson)
2. Maryland (11)
--Tuesday night at No. 7 Virginia, Sunday at No. 1 Virginia Tech.
--Hope you like theme park rides, Terps fans, because it's gonna be a season full of thrills, spills, and chills (also mad skillz, platinum grillz, Strawberry fils and, um, Beverly Sills). (Bill Fitzgerald)
3. Georgetown (11-5) 444
--Wednesday at Rutgers, Friday at Seton Hall.
--I'm glad Roy Hibbert got to test himself against the next Jon Koncak. (Josh Frank)
4. George Washington (11-4) 375
--Wednesday at Richmond, Saturday vs. Charlotte.
--So it's not the best year, but with the transitive property, they've beaten Duke and UNC. (Robert Lintott)
5. Virginia Commonwealth (14-3) 348
--Wednesday vs. UNC-Wilmington, Saturday vs. No. 6 Old Dominion.
--The George Mason of Richmond? (Matt Mandel)
6. Old Dominion (12-5) 296
--Wednesday at James Madison, Saturday at No. 5 Virginia Commonwealth.
--Beating Bruiser Flint's Drexel Dragons sounds like something more menacing than a CAA basketball game. (Markus Videnieks)
7. Virginia (9-6) 267
--Tuesday night vs. No. 2 Maryland, Sunday vs. Wake Forest.
--If Jason Cain wanted to be the next Adam Morrison, he should've emulated something other than Morrison's personal grooming. (Adam Lewis)
8. George Mason (9-7) 139
--Tuesday night at No. 9 William & Mary, Saturday vs. Northeastern.
--You can't spell caca without C-A-A. (You better use this one, and you can even quote me saying, you better use this one.) (Steve Argeris)
[And to avoid the censors...]
--"Magical run through the bottom of the CAA" just doesn't have the same ring, does it? (Bryce Onaran)
9. William & Mary (10-6) 86
--Tuesday night vs. No. 8 George Mason, Saturday at Hofstra.
--Glorious Revolution, my [bleep]. (Sean McLernon)
--10. Loyola (9-7) 65
--Friday at St. Peter's, Sunday at Rider.
--Remember, a lot of these people voted before Loyola lost to Towson on Monday night, but the Poll got held a day. Not our fault. (The Editor)
11. Navy (11-7) 45
--Wednesday at Holy Cross, Sunday at Army.
--Navy is a Top 11 team the way Pluto is a planet. (Jamie Paquette)
Also receiving votes: American 21, Towson 20, James Madison 7, UMBC 5, Md.-Eastern Shore 3, VMI 2, Coppin State Women 1, Hampton 1, Liberty 1, Longwood 1.
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