Tuesday, January 18, 2011

SLANTblog's VA Top Five: Jan 18

Each Tuesday during the men's college basketball regular season, SLANTblog will publish its new Virginia Top Five. For the fourth consecutive season this feature will attempt to rank what seem at the moment to be the best five teams from among the 14 Division I programs in the Commonwealth.

SLANTblog's VA Top Five

1. ODU (13-4, 4-2 in CAA; No. 34 RPI)
2. JMU (15-3, 5-1 in CAA; No. 62 RPI)
3. Richmond (13-5, 2-1 in A10; No. 80 RPI)
4. VCU (13-5, 5-1 in CAA; No. 71 RPI)
5. Mason (12-5, 4-2 in CAA; No. 49 RPI)

Change from last week: JMU went 2-0 to move up one notch. Richmond dropped one spot by losing its only game. Va. Tech split two games and dropped out. VCU went 2-0 to move up one position. Mason went 2-0 to join the Top Five.

Note: Only games against Division I opponents are counted in won/loss records. The RPI numbers, which are updated frequently, are from CBS Sports at the time of posting.

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