The Report Card
A new series of articles I'll be writing daily, 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 - Herb Sendek
Though a home win over Oregon State isn't that big a deal, the Sun Devils improved to 12-2 and 2-0 in Pac-10 play with the win. Those are gaudy win totals for a team that won only 8 games all of last year and went 2-16 in conference play. Sendek deserves all the credit, for bringing in skilled freshman James Harden, and for simply finding ways to win with a lot of the same holdover talent from last year.
B - UNC Asheville / Kenny George
The Bulldogs picked up their 11th win of the season, 61-58 at South Carolina, leaving them just a game behind last year's total. This is a program that hasn't beaten 10 D1 teams since 2003, and who hasn't beaten a BCS conference team in at least the last 10 years (probably more too but I got tired of checking beyond that). What's more amazing is that 7-5 Kenny George is contributing substantially, coming off the bench to average 13 points and 9 boards in just 21 minutes per game. He did it once again with 16 and 13 against the Gamecocks.
C - Presbyterian
The Blue Hose dropped to 1-18 today, losing for their 17th time on the road. But despite the brutal schedule and record, they've been very competitive and pushed NC State to the limit today. The game was tied with just 13 minutes to go before before a 4 minute scoring draught did them in. They get to face Army at home (their last and only 2nd D1 home opponent) this week, so that becomes a must-win.
D - Southern Illinois
To say this team's offense is bad is an understatement. Its absolutely putrid. The Salukis scored just 13 points in the first half against Illinois State, and ended up shooting just 26% on the game. At 6-8, their season is sliding downhill faster than a Tommy Moe spill.
F - Kentucky
For the Wildcats, the so-called "Dream Game" against rival Louisville was more like a nightmare. Ramel Bradley showed up (27 points), but the rest of the team shot 33%. It was UK's unthinkable 4th loss at Rupp in non-conference play. Guess who is the highest ranked opponent UK has beaten so far? 244th ranked Texas Southern. Things don't get any easier with unbeaten Vanderbilt in town next.
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