Commonwealth Power Rankings, January 21st

After an exciting week in Virginia basketball, the top tier of teams in the Commonwealth Power Ranking remain unchanged.

Commonwealth Power Rankings

After an exciting week in Virginia basketball, the top tier of teams in the Commonwealth Power Ranking remain unchanged.

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16-3, 4-0

VCU has won 13 games in a row, their third longest streak ever, and they show no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Aaron Williams



12-5, 2-2

That was a much-needed win for the Cavaliers last week as Virginia held Florida State to just 36 points. That is not a typo. Brian Leung



12-7, 2-2

Darien Brothers shot lights out on Saturday, scoring a career-high 39 and tying a school-record eight threes against Charlotte. Deion Taylor got his first career start, and it proved to be the perfect formula…but is it potent enough to overcome VCU? Joshua Grice


Virginia Tech

11-6, 2-2

Senior Guard Erick Green, aka the Winchester Rifleman, led the Hokies to back-to-back ACC wins: an OT affair at Georgia Tech and a one-point win over Wake at home. The Hokies and Hoos hookup Thursday at Cassell Coliseum. Hoos will be heavy favorites. Gary Cope


George Mason

11-7, 4-2

Two straight wins for the Patriots and third place in the CAA standings. Good enough for numero cinco. Gary Cope


Norfolk State

10-10, 5-0

At 5-0, Norfolk State is in position to be the #1 seed in the MEAC tournament en route to a second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. Watch out #1 Duke! Aaron Williams



9-10, 3-3

The Dukes lost two on the road last week, but have five of their next six at the Convocation Center, where they are 5-2 this season. Mark Selig



9-8, 4-1

The Keydets are in first place in the Big South and have an overall winning record. The rest of the teams in the CPR do not. Gary Cope


William & Mary

7-10, 1-5

The Tribe’s terrible tumble makes Virginia Tech’s problems look like a stumble. After starting 7-3, W&M has now lost seven straight. Aaron Williams



9-10, 3-2

The 340th youngest team in Division 1, Mike Jones’s Havoc 2.0 is still a few seasons away from a Big South title. Aaron Williams



5-11, 2-1

Won a game and lost a game. Meh. Gary Cope



5-14, 1-4

Someone check the pilot light, I think the Flames are out. Gary Cope


Old Dominion

2-16, 0-6

The only thing keeping the Monarchs out of the basement is Longwood. If the Lancers win, ODU goes to #14. Aaron Williams



3-16, 0-5

Longwood has two great opportunities to end their nine-game losing streak this week when they travel to Liberty and host Presbyterian. Aaron Williams

Contributors: Gary Cope (VT;, Joshua Grice (UR; Richmond Rowdies), Ryan Kish (GMU,, Brian Leung (UVA;, Mark Selig (JMU;, Aaron Williams (VCU; RVANews)

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Ross Catrow

Ross loves his family, Richmond, and beer (in that order). He is the master and commander of the good ship RVANews, and he watches a lot of movies.

8 comments on Commonwealth Power Rankings, January 21st

  1. moxie champion on said:

    go spiders

  2. Bentley on said:

    So George Mason beat BOTH Virginia and Richmond…. and is somehow ranked below them??? Not sure I follow that logic.

  3. Rick on said:

    UVA is 0-3 vs the CAA, one of the WORST conferences in the nation. They lost to George Mason AND Old Dominion who is just HORRIBLE. What are you smoking? UVA is 5th on this list. (At best)

  4. UVA is very highly overrated! Having them #2 is a joke after losing to Mason and ODU.

  5. Peter on said:

    In the Virginia Tech blurb, it says their game against UVA on Thursday is at JPJ, which is false; it’s at Cassell Coliseum.

  6. Ross Catrow on said:

    @Peter, Oops! Good catch, I’ve updated the blurb.

  7. Aaron on said:

    This is a power ranking, so I try to view the teams more in the present tense. It’s very difficult to make the case for putting GMU above UVA. The Patriots beat the Cavs on November 9th, that’s ages ago. Remember how VCU lost to Seton Hall by 15 points on November 17th last year? By the end of the season, there were maybe 16 teams that were better than the Rams.

    Remember, GMU lost to UNCW by 8 points 10 days ago. ODU is bad, but they have talent, a system, and they are capable of beating anyone in Virginia (look no further than the VCU-ODU game). UNCW is just bad. It’s also worth mentioning that 4 of the 6 CPR participants put UVA at #2 and only one (Ryan of put GMU ahead of UVA.

  8. I think you meant to say, in VMI’s blurb, that the teams under them don’t have winning records but instead it sounds like they are the only team on the entire list above .500

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