The Washington Times - February 9, 2009, 01:29PM

So Georgetown is reeling.

Obviously, the Hoyas don’t belong in the top 45 nationally. But what of their place in the region?

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Virginia Tech and Virginia Commonwealth are playing well enough to earn a spot above the Hoyas. George Mason is struggling a bit, and American already lost to Georgetown.

So that leaves a Georgetown/Maryland comparison. And at this stage, it’s a tossup, leaving the Hoyas’ head-to-head defeat of the Terps back in November as the tiebreaker.

Of course, the Hoyas haven’t beaten a top-100 opponent in almost a month. Heck, the Hoyas have only beaten one opponent, period, in almost a month.

Maryland at least can go out and escape with victories against the bottom of the ACC (not to mention Miami).

Anyway, this is all window dressing for saying that although Georgetown is third and Maryland is fourth, I’m having a hard time telling how a rematch would go if it was played tomorrow night.

Here’s guessing it would be anything but a rout, though.

1. Virginia Tech (15-7)
2. VCU (17-7)
3. Georgetown (13-9)
4. Maryland (15-8)
5. George Mason (16-7)
6. American (15-7)
7. Old Dominion (15-8)
8. Navy (16-7)
9. VMI (19-4)
10. James Madison (16-9)
11. Morgan State (13-10)
12. Mount St. Mary’s (14-10)
13. Liberty (17-8)
14. Virginia (7-12)
15. Radford (13-10)
16. Richmond (11-12)
17. Loyola (11-14)
18. Longwood (13-10)
19. UMBC (10-13)
20. Delaware (10-15)
21. Hampton (10-12)
22. George Washington (7-13)
23. William & Mary (7-16)
24. Norfolk State (8-13)
25. Coppin State (7-16)
26. Towson (8-17)
27. Howard (6-16)
28. Delaware State (6-18)
29. UMES (6-16)

Patrick Stevens