Tuesday, March 01, 2011

SLANTblog's VA Top Five: Mar.1

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. Mason (25-5, 16-2 in CAA; No. 25 RPI)
2. ODU (24-6, 14-4 in CAA; No. 27 RPI)
3. Richmond (22-7, 11-3 in A10; No. 61 RPI)
4. Va. Tech (19-8, 9-5 in ACC; No. 54 RPI)
5. JMU (21-10, 10-8 in CAA; No 73 RPI)

Changes from last week: Mason, ODU and Va. Tech went 2-0. Richmond won its only game, as the top three stayed where they were. Tech moved up one position. JMU won twice to join the group, while VCU lost twice to drop out. By the way, Mason has won 15 straight.

The CAA teams have finished their regular season. Next week's post will be the last edition of the Top Five for this year.

Note: Only games against Division I opponents are counted in won/loss records. And, recent results matter more than games played in the early weeks of the season. The RPI numbers, which are updated frequently, are from CBS Sports at the time of posting.

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