The Washington Times - January 11, 2009, 06:23PM

For nine weeks, there were two certainties in the Delmarva/D.C. rankings, bookends that provided a certain kind of familiar stability.

But not any more.

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No, Georgetown isn’t falling from its perch at No. 1. With all the Hoyas’ victories and well-deserved national ranking, they would need two dreadful weeks to make such a move even worth considering.

But at the bottom, there is a minor swap. UMES has just edged ahead of Howard, which has dropped 13 straight since an unexpected defeat of Oregon State in its season opener.

The Hawks are hardly entrenched, and no one will confuse a 2-9 team as a terribly good one. But with Saturday’s defeat of Winston-Salem State, at least things seem a little better.

Here’s the 1-through-29 rundown, with records and last week’s rankings included:

No./Team

Record

Pvs. 

1. Georgetown

11-3

1

2. George Mason

12-3

3

3. Maryland

12-3

2

4. Virginia Tech

10-5

4

5. VCU

11-5

5

6. VMI

13-2

10

7. Navy 

12-4

7

8. American

9-6

11

9. Virginia

7-6

9

10. Morgan State

7-8

17

11. James Madison

11-6

16

12. Richmond 

9-6

13

13. Liberty

11-6

8

14. Old Dominion

9-6

6

15. UMBC

7-7

15

16. Hampton

7-7

18

17. Towson

7-10

14

18. Mount St. Mary’s

7-9

21

19. Delaware

7-10

12

20. Longwood 

7-9

19

21. George Washington 

6-7

20

22. Loyola

5-12

22

23. Radford

7-9

25

24. William & Mary

6-9

23

25. Norfolk State

3-10

27

26. Coppin State

2-13

24

27. Delaware State

2-14

26

28. UMES

2-9

28

29. Howard

1-13

29

Patrick Stevens