Daily Dribble: Thursday Report Card
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.
First off, I apologize for the lack of updates the last few days. I've been on the road and my laptop broke on me.. so I'm just getting back in the swing of things.
A - Drake
The Bulldogs beat Bradley last night to improve to 15-1 overall and 6-0 in MVC play. The mass media is slowly realizing the shocking season Drake is having (projected to finish 9th in the conference), and our own Jason Tomassini wrote a little something up on their success today. First year head coach Keno Davis (son of former coach Tom) is having the same type of early success that Tony Bennett had out in Washington State. The Bulldogs leading scorer is a sophomore and they even have two quality recruits coming in next year in Sean Jones and Alex Weldon. Its hard to imagine Drake continuing to roll through the Valley like they have so far, but the future does seem bright.
B - Bob Knight
Knight's been at this coaching thing for over 40 years, so he deserves respect for hitting the 900 win mark. Truly an amazing total, if you consider that it would take 30 years of amazing 30 win seasons to get there. As is, his teams have averaged over 20 wins a season since he started back in 1965. And it might surprise that his Texas Tech squads have won 21 games or more in 5 of his 6 seasons there. At 10-6 though, this years Raiders are destined to miss out on the NIT or NCAA tournaments, the 2nd time in 3 years this will happen. (And only the 1st time since 72-74 that Knight has missed out 2 of 3 years). The reality is that Knight is slowly slipping into irrelevancy outside of an occasional hunting or yelling incident. His career gets an A, but his now gets a C.
C - Arkansas
Just when it seemed like Arkansas finally found some consistency, having won 4 straight including road games at Baylor and Auburn and a home win over Alabama, they throw up a dud against mediocre South Carolina. At 14-3 and 3-0 in SEC play, the Razorbacks would have been in contention for serious Top 25 consideration, but a home loss to a .500 team is unacceptable.
D - Rutgers
The Knights are already 0-5 in Big East play, and its hard to imagine them winning a game anytime soon. Last night's game against Syracuse was over after 7 minutes when Rutgers was down 10-2. The closest they've come to winning a game is a 12-point defeat to Georgetown on ESPN. January 30th against Seton Hall at home seems like the first winnable game.
F - HP Laptops
As I mentioned above, my laptop broke on me while out in Los Angeles. This is the 2nd time the motherboard has been "fried" since I've owned this bad boy, and HP already had to rebuild this machine less than a year ago. Next time I'm getting a Sony.
Previous Best / Worst
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