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 - DJ White
Triple-doubles are nice, but a 20-20 game just has a nice ring to it. After a relatively slow start to the season, mainly due to the lack of quality opposition and rest he got, White has been on a tear in recent weeks. He's had double-doubles in 9 of 10 games, culminating in last night's 21 point, 22 rebound game against Michigan. The ridiculous rebounding totals are adding up and he's now moved up into 9th in the country at 10.9 boards per game.
B - Saint Mary's College
Since beating Oregon, everybody's been riding high on the Gaels love-machine. The reality is that Oregon had no business being ranked 11th then, and is simply a solid but not great or even very good team. Coupled with bad losses at Texas and Southern Illinois and you're left with an impressive 13-2 record, based on a lot of home & neutral court wins over solid but not great teams (Drake, San Diego State, Ohio, etc). I give SMC a B on the night though, because they finally won their first true road game of the season, against Fresno State. Not the biggest win ever, but a good omen that they'll be able to win WCC road games against like opponents.
C - Larry Eustachy
It's year four of Larry Eustachy's tenture at Southern Miss, and things seem to be regressing. Last year, taking advantage of a brutally bad non-conference schedule and a weak CUSA, the Golden Eagles managed to bang out 20 wins. At first glance, this year's 8-7 record seems okay, but its a fraud. Four of the wins are against DII teams, they're 0-4 on the road, and have a home loss to Savannah State. The same Savannah State team that only scored 4 points in a half the following game. The team is young, no doubt, but it looks like it will be another 2 years before USM is serious about postseason play.
D - Alabama
The Tide led by as many as 10 in the first half, were up 7 at the break, and even had a 3 point lead with under 10 minutes to go. But yet they lost at home to a Florida team barely older than some top AAU squads. Second half collapses have become a theme this year as Alabama led Georgetown at the break before losing, and played Clemson close at the half before getting killed in the 2nd. Yes, they are without Ronald Steele, but if they can perform for one half without him, then its odd why they can't do it for two.
F - CSTV/A10
Seriously, who gets this channel? Anyone? Is it carried less than the NFL Network? Unfortunately the A10 has a deal with this CBS subsidiary so that virtually no one will be able to see tonight's great URI vs Dayton matchup. Not to mention other big games involving the league's other ranked team, Xavier.
Previous Best / Worst
January 8th - Robert Morris / Schedule Makers
January 7th - Wayne Ellington / Illinois
January 6th - Herb Sendek / Kentucky