By Gary Williams
Here are Gary Williams' top five teams in the Washington, D.C. area:
1. Georgetown (4-1) - They have the best defense in the area and just pocketed a big win against #11 UCLA. Taking #1 Indiana to overtime was also huge, shows they are legitimate.
2. Maryland (5-1) - The Terps play at Northwestern on Tuesday, their toughest game since Kentucky. They're still coming together as a team, but are super talented and have four straight home victories.
3. Virginia Tech (5-0) - The combination of Erick Green and Jarell Eddie have the Hokies offense clicking, leading Virginia Tech to their first 5-0 start since the 1984-85 season. We'll see what they're made of with Iowa, Oklahoma State, and West Virginia coming up this week.
4. VCU (3-3)- The Rams have endured some hard fought losses early in the season to some very good opponents. VCU began the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament with a victory over Memphis on Thursday, but then fell to #5 Duke and #13 Missouri. This was the first time in school history that VCU played three top-20 teams in consecutive games. They are once again a good team and will probably be even better come March.
5. Loyola (5-1) - The Greyhounds earned a good road win at Rhode Island on Friday and as a result a spot on this list. Looking forward to their battle with fellow in-state program Towson on Monday.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — London Perrantes scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half and No. 7 Virginia overcame a sloppy performance and rallied past Ohio State 63-61 on Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Devon Hall added 12 points for the Cavaliers (7-0), who trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half and didn't take the lead for good until Marial Shayok's baseline runner made it 59-57 with 1:58 remaining.
The Buckeyes (6-1) trailed 63-61 when Shayok missed two free throws with 10.5 seconds left. Coach Thad Matta called a timeout with 6.5 seconds to play, but JaQuan Lyle couldn't find an open teammate as the clock ran down and launched a 3-point try that missed badly.
Jae'Sean Tate led Ohio State with 14 points and Lyle had 12.
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Zach LeDay scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half, and Virginia Tech rallied from a 15-point first-half deficit to beat Michigan 73-70 on Wednesday night.
The Hokies (6-1) trailed 67-63 late in the second half before a 3-pointer by Justin Bibbs started an 8-0 run. Seth Allen gave Virginia Tech the lead with a driving layup, then added a 3-pointer.
Duncan Robinson's 3-pointer with 42 seconds left pulled Michigan (5-2) to within a point, and an offensive foul on Allen gave the Wolverines the ball back. But Michigan was out of timeouts, and Zak Irvin ended up trying a tough jumper from just inside the arc that missed.
After Bibbs made two free throws with 3.9 seconds left, Robinson had a chance to tie it, but his 3-pointer from the left wing missed.
Michigan was in total control at the start, jumping out to a 17-4 lead and eventually going up 23-8 on a 3-pointer by Derrick Walton. Virginia Tech was down 39-30 at halftime but opened the second half with a 9-2 run.
Irvin led Michigan with 23 points.
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