NEW: Ranking JMU And Peers In College Hoops

Posted: April 10, 2014

VCU coach Shaka Smart (Photo by Associated Press)

For the college basketball geeks among our readers, here's where JMU and its state peers have ranked in college basketball over the last decade, according to the respected ratings:

First, the 10-year average (ranking among Division I's 351 teams):

  1. VCU                        No. 55
  2. George Mason     No. 100
  3. Old Dominion      No. 101
  4. Richmond            No. 131
  5. William & Mary    No. 213
  6. James Madison  No. 225

Now, the average over the last five seasons:

  1. VCU                        No. 34
  2. Richmond             No. 76
  3. George Mason     No. 113
  4. Old Dominion      No. 124
  5. William & Mary    No. 198
  6. James Madison  No. 200

Finally, the highs and lows for each school:

  • George Mason: No. 20 (2006), No. 159 (2010)
  • James Madison: No. 105 (2011), No. 314 (2005)
  • Old Dominion: No. 34 (2010), No. 267 (2013)
  • Richmond: No. 40 (2011), No. 277 (2007)
  • VCU: No. 17 (2014), No. 131 (2005)
  • William & Mary: No. 113 (2010), No. 293 (2005)


Conclusions: VCU began its rise under Anthony Grant (now at Alabama) and became a national contender under Shaka Smart (who, to everyone's surprise, keeps turning down huge raises to stay at VCU, where he DOES make more than $1 million annually); the Rams now challenge big-leaguer Virginia for state supremacy. Jim Larranaga (now at Miami) built George Mason into a top 100 program, but the Patriots -- despite their 2006 Final Four appearance -- never reached the consistency of VCU under Smart. Richmond got just good enough under John Beilein (now at Michigan) to warrant a move (along with Mason and VCU eventually) to the Atlantic 10 in 2001 and remain respectable, though a decided second banana in its own city. Blaine Taylor guided ODU to top-100 status for many of his 12 seasons, but things went downhill and he was fired in 2013; the Monarchs, under former Virginia coach Jeff Jones, appear to be on the upswing. W&M, in the severely weakened Colonial Athletic Assocation, might begin to prosper a bit more. JMU? It hasn't consistently won since the Lefty Driesell era, and the program has lost two starters since another 20-loss season ended in March; with a move to Division I-A football likely, the Dukes probably will be in a new conference soon (though only marginally better than the CAA).




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