Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Holiday Rankings

Not a lot of action last week with so many teams taking exams and preparing for Christmas. In the spirit of the holiday, we've compiled a wish list for each team.

1. James Madison (8-1) Last week: 1
Even though Dukes fall to Duke, they're still the class of the state.
Stocking stuffer: A DVD of Rodney Dangerfield on Saturday Night Live. JMU has been clamoring for a little respect all season.
Next: Tuesday vs. Lafayette at James Madison Tournament

2. Virginia (7-3) Last week: 2
Beating Georgia would have brought visions of the top 10 swirling in their heads, but it wasn't meant to be.
Stocking stuffer: Coloring books and markers for those Cavalier kids. You get the sense Debbie Ryan is having a blast with this bunch.
Next: Monday vs. Samford in the Cavalier Classic

3. Richmond (8-3) Last week: 3
Spiders beat up on in-state foe Radford to complete five-game sweep of state teams. It's those out-of-state games that have been a problem.
Stocking stuffer: They'd love to win a game they weren't supposed to. Upset of Dayton on Jan. 23? Also, Santa, how about a few fans for Richmond and the next school on our list, VCU. The teams played in front of 473 earlier this month.
Next: Dec. 29 vs. Chattanooga

4. VCU (5-5) Last week: 4
Duel in the Desert was more like Disaster in the Desert for the Rams, who lose three straight in Vegas tournament.
Stocking stuffer: Beth Cunningham should invest in surfboards or longboards -- anything that gets the message across that to win, you must rebound.
Next: Monday at Longwood

5. Liberty (6-2) Last week: 5
Flames came oh-so-close to Auburn but couldn't close out the comeback.
Stocking stuffer: A telescope for a better glimpse of those shooting stars. Five Flames, including four starters, are shooting better than 52 percent.
Next: Monday vs. Cornell in UVa.'s Cavalier Classic

6. Virginia Tech (7-4) Last week: 6
Nice tournament win against UAB; no shame in the loss at 11-1 St. John's.
Stocking stuffer: A buzzsaw. Tech will need it to navigate the upcoming ACC schedule.
Dec. 29 vs. NJIT in Hilton Garden Classic

7. Old Dominion (2-7) Last week: 7
Stellar free-throw shooting propelled ODU over Hampton, their only result of the week.
Stocking stuffer: A chemistry set. We can't say enough about Shadasia Green and Tia Lewis. But the junior and sophomore can't get it done themselves. Unless the Lady Monarchs find a way to put it together, it could be a long season in the CAA. And by the way, Santa, could you put a juicer under the tree? We could use a little help with something orange......
Next: Dec. 30 vs. Tennessee

8. Hampton (2-7) Last week: 8
Like we said a week ago, it's hard to win games shooting 31 percent.
Stocking stuffer: A basket. You know that phrase about not being able to buy one?
Next: Wednesday vs. Radford

9. George Mason (6-3) Last week: 10
Patriots had a week to rest on their impressive laurels, which include a 6-0 record at home for the first time in school history.
Stocking stuffer: Confetti. GMU is easily the most improved team in the state.
Next: Tuesday vs. George Washington

10. William and Mary (6-4) Last week: 9
Great to see freshman Taylor Hilton break through with her first double-double against Southern, but let's face it. Tribe shouldn't have had to settle for playing Southern in the consolation of the Gator Holiday Classic. W&M would have loved a shot at host school Gators but couldn't get by a High Point team that just lost to Longwood.
Stocking stuffer: Gold, frankincense and myrrh. Those are some gifts that Tribe would really value. As it stands right now, the Tribe wastes too many possessions.
Next: Dec. 30 vs Delaware State

11. Longwood (4-8) Last week: 11
Consecutive wins over Campbell and High Point provide a needed lift for Lancers.
Stocking stuffer: Aging cream. Longwood roster has one senior and one junior. The other nine are freshmen and sophomores. It's great to have so much youth, but they need to grow up in a hurry.
Next: Monday vs. VCU

12. Norfolk State (2-6) Last week: 12
Spartans double their win total from last year behind 30 points from Whitney Long in victory over Savannah State.
Stocking stuffer: High heels. Spartans could sure use some height.
Next: Dec. 30 vs. McNeese State

13. Radford (1-8) Last week: 13
Snow canceled Highlanders game against Davidson.
Stocking stuffer: Three Dog Night's version of "One is the Loneliest Number."
Next: Wednesday at Hampton

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