Tuesday, November 24, 2009

State rankings - #3

Hampton makes a big move up, Old Dominion's youth and schedule has it on a steady decline and Radford needs to pick up a win to avoid evicting Norfolk State from the Ladyswish basement. Remember, though, it's early.

In case you missed them, here are the latest AP and ESPN/USA Today polls.

1. Virginia (2-1) Last week: 1
- Ryan's Baby Cavs not quite ready for prime time but still a solid Top-20 team with considerable upside. Next: Thursday vs. Indiana in the Bahamas

2. James Madison (2-0) Last week: 2
- Barring any stumbles, the Dukes will get a shot at the top spot on Dec. 6 when they visit the top-ranked Cavaliers. Next: Tonight vs. Austin Peay

3. VCU (3-0) Last week: 5
- JMU-Virginia isn't the only marquee matchup on Dec. 6. That same day the Rams will put their 19-game home winning streak on the line against No. 4 Richmond. Next: Dec. 2 at East Carolina

4. Richmond (2-1) Last week: 3
- If the Spiders thought Drexel was tough, wait 'til they get a load of top-ranked UConn Saturday. Next: Friday vs. Clemson at WBCA Classic in Storrs, Conn.

5. Liberty (4-0) Last week: 6
- Last weekend's Navy Classic title gave the Lady Flames their fourth regular-season tournament crown in the last three seasons. Next: Saturday at Lafayette

6. Old Dominion (0-3) Last week: 4
- The Lady Monarchs' brutal schedule continues this week in Cancun - Syracuse is 4-0 and Louisville sits just outside the AP Top 25. Next: Thursday vs. Syracuse in the Cancun Thanksgiving Classic

7. Virginia Tech (2-2) Last week: 8
- Really opened our eyes with Sunday's near-miss at JMU. Next: Wednesday at Radford.

8. Hampton (2-0) Last week: 12
- If the Lady Pirates can do this much damage to CAA teams, imagine the havoc they'll wreak in the MEAC. Next: Tonight at Richmond

9. William and Mary (2-1) Last week: 7
- Fabulous freshmen: Jaclyn McKenna leads the team in the scoring (13.3 ppg) while Emily Correal paces the entire CAA in rebounding (12.7 rpg). Next: Tonight at Iowa

10. George Mason (2-2) Last week: 9
- Rebuilding Patriots are already halfway to their victory total for all of last season. Next: Friday vs. North Carolina Central

11. Longwood (1-3) Last week: 11
- Youthful Lancers will try to pick up steam this weekend at home against a manageable field in their own Lancer Classic. Next: tonight at Troy

12. Radford (0-2) Last week: 10
- Tech will be tough tomorrow night, but that elusive first win could come Sunday at home against Howard. Next: Wednesday vs. Virginia Tech

13. Norfolk State (1-2) Last week: 13
- Last season, the Spartans didn't get their first win until Feb. 21, a staggering 23 games into the season. Next: Friday at UAB during UAB's Thanksgiving Classic


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