The Report Card
A new series, 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.
A - New York Giants
Seriously, who saw this coming? After the Big Blue started 0-2, I figured they had the same chance to make the Super Bowl as Eastern Washington has of winning the national title. Somehow a close loss to New England gave them a new sense of focus and purpose.. and the rest is history.
B - Weber State
The Wildcats are a highly unlikely 4-1 in Big Sky play after beating Montana Sunday night. After a less than impressive 5-7 record in non-conference play, including an embarrassing 62-32 loss to New Mexico, and then a loss to Northern Colorado to start conference play.. you figured their season is done. But somehow Weber has run off four straight wins, including two in a row on the road to find themselves in the Big Sky mix. Assuming they can beat lowly Sacramento State at home on Wednesday, next Friday's game against Northern Arizona will have first place implications.
C - Miami (OH)
Early in the season, it looked like Miami might be one of the year's surprise teams. They beat current CHN Top 50 teams Xavier, South Alabama, and Mississippi State and had down to the wire losses to USC, Louisville, and Dayton. Michael Bramos was shooting the lights out from three, and the Redhawks defense was stifling. But despite beating Buffalo last night, all Miami has to show for their early efforts is a 7-9 overall record, and they're just 1-3 in MAC play. Lingering ankle issues from Bramos have hurt, but also the defense hasn't been quite as tough. No one could break 63 against Miami in their first 10 games, but early MAC foes all put up near 70 or above.
D - Barry Hinson
I like coach Hinson, so I hate giving him this grade. But lets be honest, Missouri State's loss to Northern Iowa yesterday drops the Bears to 10-9 overall and 3-4 in the Valley. Records that scream mediocrity. Barring some kind of epic MVC tournament run, Hinson's tenure (an underrated one in my opinion) is coming to a close.
F - Marquette
Two Report Card's ago, I railed on Marquette for losing to Louisville by 20 and West Virginia by 15 on the road. Even though it's a bit repetitive to rip the team every time they lose a road game, falling by 16 at UCONN last night is another awful effort. To begin the season, Marquette was a fringe Top 10 team, but right now they're barely even Top 10.. in the Big East.
Previous Best / Worst
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