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 - Robert Morris
No Robert Morris is not a player, but an 11-5 team in the Northeast Conference. The Colonials beat Boston College at Conte Forum last night, forcing the Eagles into 20 turnovers and holding them to just 51 points. RMC came extremely close to beating Seton Hall earlier in the year on the road, losing in OT after blowing a 12 point half-time lead. They finally got over the hump last night, beating a Top 100 RPI team for the first time since at least 1998.
B - Matt Howard
Butler's 6-8 freshman gives the team a new inside presence they've lacked in recent years. Against Loyola last night, he ended up with 19 points and 5 boards in 25 minutes of action. Not a dominant performance, but he made big plays down low when it counted in the 2nd half, tipping in a missed shot, and scoring an and-one to turn a relatively close game into an easy Butler victory.
C - Austin Peay
The Ohio Valley Conference is having a BAD year, ranked 30th in the RPI (ahead of the SWAC), and with a combined non-conference record of 16-62. Austin Peay's been the best of the bunch, starting 6-0 in conference play after beating EIU last night, and 10-6 overall. But being the best of he worst only gets you a C grade.
D - Savannah State
4 points in a whole half? Seriously? 1 field goal? Those numbers are hard to imagine.. but that's what Savannah State put up in the 2nd half against Kansas State. The final score was 85-25.. and it could have probably been worse. Despite the 1-23 shooting effort in the 2nd half (the worst of all-time.. in the history of the universe), I refuse to give Savannah State an F. Why? Because they're Savannah State and they've taken enough lumps over the past few years for losing games.
F - College Basketball Schedule Makers
BCS Championship game? Who cares. Give me some college basketball on ESPN instead of World Series of Poker reruns. It doesn't even have to be a great game. I would have taken Robert Morris at Boston College or Butler at Loyola. Anything but watching a 2nd rate Ohio State team get blown out. At least we have a Big Monday starting next week.
Previous Best / Worst
January 7th - Wayne Ellington / Illinois
January 6th - Herb Sendek / Kentucky