DMV Stock Up, Stock Down: Week 1

STOCK UP: Georgetown Men’s Basketball Hoya Paranoia; back like it never left.

It’s not even the fact that the Georgetown has won nine games in a row that has their stock so high, but more of the quality of opponents they’ve faced. Eight of those wins have come against teams with winning records (with DePaul being the exception). Half of the eight wins came against ranked opponents (No. 24 Notre Dame, No. 5 Louisville, No. 18 Marquette, No. 8 Syracuse).

With their impressive win over the Orange last Saturday, Georgetown now controls their own destiny in the Big East.

STOCK DOWN: Maryland Men’s Basketball

If Maryland doesn’t hear its name called in 19 days on Selection Sunday, it shouldn’t be a shock to anyone in College Park. It one thing for a NCAA Tournament team to get knocked off by a bad team when your resume includes several marquee wins. It is a completely different story when you have just ONE marquee win (Duke) and then it is immediately negated by a bad double-digit point loss (Boston College).  Terps couldn’t afford that L and they are likely now on the outside of the Big Dance looking in.

STOCK UP: Maryland Men’s Lacrosse

There’s a new top dog in Men’s Lax.

Senior John Haus tied his career high with four goals as No. 2 Maryland defeated No. 1 Loyola in a rematch of last year’s Nat’l Championship game. And after beating the top-rated Greyhounds and intrastate rival last Saturday, there is no doubt the Terrapins is the team to beat in 2013.

STOCK DOWN: Ernie Grunfeld

If the past nine plus years of jackassery doesn’t land Ernie a permanent place on this list, then trading Jordan Crawford to the Celtics for the equivalent of essentially nothing should. Fire Ernie. Next.

STOCK UP: Braden Holtby

You have to feel good for Capital’s goalie Braden Holty and the week that he has had. The second year pro from Saskatchewan began the season splitting time between the pipes with backup Michael Neuvirth after several up-and-down performances.

However, it seems that Holtby has a firm grip on the full-time job. Over the past four games, Holtby’s GAA is 2.25, a full point lower than his season average. Yesterday, the Capital’s front office rewarded Holtby’s by extending his contract through 2015, cementing his place as the goalie for the immediate future.

STOCK DOWN: Jan Vesely

If I could design and create a billboard in Chinatown symbolizing the ‘Fire Ernie Grunfeld’ movement in DC, it would be a picture of Jan Vesely fouling somebody unnecessarily.

Not only is Vesely not living up to his draft pick, his futility is approaching Kwame Brown territory. And it is not like the Wizards are playing him and Vesely is underperforming. He has been so bad thus far, Randy Wittman has phased him out of the playing rotation completely.

The sixth overall pick in 2011 hasn’t played in a game since February 8th and it was for exactly one minute. On the season, Vesely has tallied 88 points scored with 81 personal fouls. Ouch.

STOCK UP: Otto Porter Jr.

Is there a more underrated player in the country than Otto Porter Jr.?

The sophomore has vaulted himself into the category of the countries elite players with his play over the past several weeks.

Porter scored his first ever Big East Player of the Week honor last Monday only to out do himself with a career-high 33 point effort versus Syracuse. No Hoya player in the 34-year history of this rivalry has ever dropped 33 versus the Orange.  Ever.

STOCK DOWN: Virginia Tech Men’s Basketball

I’m sure that somewhere at ESPN Headquarters, Seth Greenberg is laughing his ass off.

And why wouldn’t he be? He got axed last off season after nine seasons as the Hokies head coach. While Greenburg had difficulty getting his teams to meaningful postseason play, his teams never approached historically bad like this year’s squad is facing.

Despite having the country’s leading scorer (Erick Green, 25.2 PPG), Virginia Tech is 12-15 on the season and only has two wins this calendar year. They nearly missed their first ten-game losing streak since 2001 by beating Florida State last week.

I don’t know. Maybe Logan Thomas can play hoops or something…

STOCK UP: Gio Gonzalez

Instead of focusing on spring training and the upcoming season in which his team is the odds-on favorite to win the World Series, Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez  had to spend the last month focusing on allegations of PEDs and an investigation by MLB. Gonzalez was linked to a South Florida clinic that allegedly was supplying performance enhancing drugs to several big league stars. However, Gonzalez was exonerated from those accusations when sources told ESPN’s Behind The Lines that Gonzalez did receive supplements from Biogenesis, but that none were banned substances. Just for good measure, Gonzo hurled two shutout innings, striking out two batters in his spring debut yesterday versus the Mets.

STOCK DOWN: Pe’Shon Howard

Pe’Shon Howard has had a tough season for the Terps. In what was supposed to be his breakout junior season, he has been a complete non-factor.

He has yet to score in double digits in a single game this season and has seen his minutes decreased each game that passes, pretty much being replaced in the lineup by Seth Allen.

Howard was then suspended for the Duke game for unspecified reasons.

Although he has since been reinstated, well, who cares.