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 - Kentucky
In the first Report Card of the year, the Wildcats were the F.. so I'm enjoying the symmetry of giving them today's top grade. Outside of Patrick Patterson, the rest of the guys on the roster (including Gillispie) have mostly been creamed by the media.. so you have to respect their fight and effort over recent weeks. It's not enough for UK to rest on their laurels.. because they need to pile on the wins quickly. After beating Vandy, they then dropped 2 straight.. but that simply cant happen with South Carolina and Georgia coming up.
B - Wisconsin
Wisconsin fans have noticed over the course of the season that they've been ranked 3-5 spots lower in the CHN Top 50 then in the polls. What can I say, I'm still not sold on the Badgers despite their 6-0 Big Ten record. Not one of the six teams they've beaten will even sniff the NIT, let alone the Big Dance. No doubt this is an NCAA Tournament team, and no doubt Bo Ryan is a coaching genius, but if this is the 11th best team in the country.. then the other 335 teams should be ashamed..
C - Clemson
Not a good sign for Clemson that it took overtime for them to put away an improving, but still blah, Wake Forest team. The win does keep the Tigers in the upper-half of the table.. and sets up a very intriguing game at Miami this Sunday. Like Clemson, Miami rolled in non-conference play but has looked pedestrian in the ACC.
D - Bruce Weber
Even before losing to Ohio State last night, the Illini's season was already kaput. The real issue here though isn't their awful 1-6 Big Ten record, but the bleak reality for the program's future. It's not like this team is built on great young prospects. McCamey is solid but the other major contributors are seniors or juniors.. and help isn't on the way next year either. Illinois has a commitment from 2010 super-prospect Jereme Richmond.. but unfortunately for Weber, he won't be coaching the team then.
F - Saint Louis Archbishop
So apparently Rick Majerus made some comments that he supports abortion and stem-cell research, and Archbishop Burke want's him to be punished. Obviously you could see why SLU, the Catholic university he works for, potentially would take issue with these comments. But here's the deal.. the comments were made outside of a University affiliated event, SLU doesn't particularly care about the comments, and the University has made efforts to distance itself from the archdiocese in recent years. Further, the University is not controlled whatsoever by the Church. Ultimately, the Archbishop needs to pipe down and worry about more important things.. like praying for the Billikens to break 20 points in a half..
Previous Best / Worst
January 22nd - DJ Augustin / Scott Sutton
January 21st - New York Giants / Marquette
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