Daily Dribble: Friday Report Card
The Report Card
A- Oral Roberts
The Golden Eagles have been the best team in the Summit for a few years now, coming off back-to-back seasons in which they won 20 games and made the NCAA Tournament. But many assumed this good run had more to do with Caleb Green and Ken Tutt as opposed to a consistent base of great talent. But this year's team is showing that there was more to their success than those guys. Seniors like Shawn King, Adam Liberty, and Moses Ehambe, who were contributors last year are playing better than ever.. and have mixed well with newcomers Robert Jarvis and Marcus Lewis. At 13-0 in Summit league play and with a surprisingly good RPI of 46, it makes our 3rd place projection to start the season a bit suspect.
B - Pac-10
Even before the season, the Pac-10 was getting respect as one of the country's best (if not the best) leagues. So the fact that so many teams are getting NCAA Tournament kudos is no big surprise. The league can be looking at 7 bids considering that 7 of the 10 teams have an RPI of 60 or better. This is an amazing number considering that in 2006, the league had only 3 teams better than 57th in RPI, and only 4 teams in the top 85. With the exception of Oregon State, who simply provides two free W's to the rest of the league, every team is moving in a positive direction.
C - Wake Forest
Nice job by Coach Gaudio and the staff getting Wake to .500 in ACC play. With games against Duke, UNC, and Maryland coming up, their 5-5 record might become a distant memory. For today though, this is a nice accomplishment for a team that was considered to be just biding time until next year's monster recruiting class comes to town. Next year's starting lineup of lets say Smith, Teague, Aminu, Johnson and one of Woods/Walker at the five looks pretty solid.
Huge loss by the Minutemen to Fordham last night. Coming in, they were in almost everyone's projected field of 65 despite a sub .500 A10 record. Sure, they were 4-5 in league play but 3 of the losses were on the road and the other two were home defeats to tournament teams Xavier and Saint Joseph's. The point being they had no bad losses. But a home loss to Fordham (158th in the RPI) could be a big blow to their tournament chances. No doubt they will fall out of most brackets when the analysts rework the field.. but all hope shouldn't be loss. They have a favorable schedule the rest of the way with games against most of the A10's lower tier teams.
F - Picking Big Ten Games
Just about every night for the Games of the Night series, I pick the results of three big games. For whatever reason, my picks have been a bit off this year compared to previous seasons.. and a big reason why is the Big Ten. When the Big Ten's big four get together (Indiana, Michigan State, Purdue & Wisconsin), I've been wrong just about every time. Indiana at Wisconsin.. wrong. Michigan State at Purdue.. wrong. The list could go on and on. One day I'll figure it out.
The Daily Report Card tells you all you need to know about the day in college hoops. From good to bad and bad to worse, I'll be laying down the law.
Previous Best / Worst
February 13th - Mike Green / Ed Donato
February 11th - Charron Fisher / Tim Morris
February 8th - Big West / Virginia
February 6th - Chris Lofton / Dick Vitale
February 5th - Bob Knight / Josh Heytvelt
February 4th - New York Giants / Washington State
February 1st - Nevada / Penn
January 31st - Kansas State / St. John's
January 29th - Winthrop / Dyson & Wiggins
January 28th - Rutgers / Doris Burke
January 25th - Ron Hunter / Princeton Offense
January 23rd - Kentucky / Archbishop Burke
January 22nd - DJ Augustin / Scott Sutton
January 21st - New York Giants / Marquette
January 20th - Maryland / ESPN.com editors
January 18th - Cleveland State / Marquette
January 17th - Drake / HP Laptops
January 14th - Roy Hibbert / Michigan State
January 10th - Tony Bennett / Saint Louis
January 9th - DJ White / CSTV
January 8th - Robert Morris / Schedule Makers
January 7th - Wayne Ellington / Illinois
January 6th - Herb Sendek / Kentucky