The Report Card
A - Tony Lee
Despite winning 10 in a row and 15 of 16, Robert Morris is still in a tight battle for the NEC title. Senior guard Tony Lee is the Colonials best and most consistent player.. and quietly putting up some of the best numbers in the country. Averaging 7.0 rpg and 6.6 apg, Lee is one of the game's few true triple double threats. He's already had two this season and came close last night with 12 points, 11 rebounds, and 8 assists. Amazingly, he grabs all those rebounds despite being 6-1, and despite not even playing 30 minutes per game. Lee averages 29.8 mpg and if you prorate his numbers to 40 mpg, you get monster totals of 19 ppg, 9.6 rpg and 9.0 apg.
B - Bracket Busters
Granted, most of the Bracket Busters event is rather useless.. but there are some worthwhile games on tap. Perhaps more intriguing than even Drake/Butler, is Davidson at Winthrop tonight. Davidson's been on a tear and Winthrop is in the midst of the Big South title race. Winthrop is better than their RPI of 107 suggests. They've beaten quality teams like Miami, Georgia Tech, Akron, and Old Dominion. Such wins are much more than Davidson can claim, despite the Wildcats 17-game winning streak. Should be a fun game, especially compared to the usual Friday night slop.
C - Atlantic 10
This conference is a mess right now. Outside of Xavier at the top and Saint Bonaventure on the bottom, the other 12 teams in the middle are good enough to beat each other on any given night. This had led to a muddled ledger in which 10 teams are within 2 wins of each other. There's nothing wrong with parity and depth.. but for NCAA Tournament consideration.. too much quality might be a bad thing. If more teams were automatic losses, it would make the records of the better teams look better.. and the selection committee is easily fooled by looks. UMASS, for example, has as many Top 50 wins in league play as Arizona.. but the committee will be fooled by the letters PAC.
Because of the name on their jersey, Arizona's considered a virtual lock to make the NCAA Tournament. But at 6-7 and with an upcoming game at Washington State.. the Wildcats could easily be in second to last place in the Pac-10 by the end of the weekend. And after that you have home games against USC and UCLA.. by no means easy wins. Someone not named Jerryd Bayless better step up soon.. or Kevin O'Neill's mini-reign in Tucson could be disastrous.
F - Oregon State
It's nothing new to note the Beavers struggles.. so that's not why they're on the list. What kills me about Oregon State is that it's just a free win for the rest of the Pac-10 and makes mediocre Pac-10 teams look good. Washington's 6-8 record doesn't look bad.. and gives a false sense that they have NCAA possibilities. Take away Oregon State, and 4-8 looks hideous. The same thing can be said for Cal.
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Previous Best / Worst
February 20th - Hasheem Thabeet / Aaron Bruce
February 19th - Josh Duncan / Tim Welsh
February 18th - Wake Forest / NJIT
February 15th - Oral Roberts / Big Ten Predictions
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