The Report Card
A- Charron Fisher / Calvin Murphy
Scoring points has never been a problem for Fisher, but he took it to another level by scoring 45 last night. He was neck and neck with VMI's Reggie Williams for the national scoring lead, but moved to 27.6 ppg (0.9 ahead) after last night's outburst. It was the highest total by a Purple Eagle in over a decade and just one off the MAAC record set back in 1986. But what's truly amazing is that it wasn't even one of the Top 10 scoring totals in Niagara history. This due to the unstoppable sums put up by the legendary Calvin Murphy, recently named one of college basketball's Top 25 all-time best players by ESPN. Murphy scored 47 or better 11 times, including a high of 68. That's getting it done.
B - South Alabama
Another ho hum win for the Jags last night, who improved to 20-4, 12-1 on the season. With a solid RPI of 34, its time people give USA more respect as a potential at-large bid. Locked in a tight race with Western Kentucky, the Jaguars will have some serious competition for the Sun Belt title. Their lone big non-conference win was at home over Mississippi State, who looks like they'll make the Tournament at this point. Their lone losses in OOC play were at Ole Miss, at Vandy, and against Miami (OH). All three of those teams were great teams at the time (lets not forget Miami had just beaten Xavier and took USC down to the wire the next time out), while Ole Miss and Vandy didn't lose a game in 2007. The losses to the SEC teams were on the road and extremely close, so USA certainly good have won those games at home or on a neutral court. If
C - Clemson
It's amazing that Clemson still has never beaten UNC on the road. 0-53 now, the longest losing streak at one opponent in NCAA history. You'd figure, just by pure chance over the past 50 years that the Tigers would catch the Heels on a night that their shots weren't falling and that their point guard was out.. Oh wait, last night was that night and they still lost. It's amazing how last night's loss was reminiscent of their results in recent seasons: A great start, getting out to what seems like an insurmountable lead (ie, a tournament lock), before collapsing in an inevitable and comical fashion.
D- Chase Budinger
What happened to Budinger's game? He's been nonexistent in Arizona's last two losses.. combining for 13 points on 5 of 24 shooting (21%). In the two losses to ASU, Budinger's 5 for 25 (20%). Its safe to say the Sun Devils simply own him right now. I'm still not sure what to make out of Arizona right now.. they have a lot of decent wins over Top 100 teams and no really horrible losses. Yet they seem primed to get too high of a seed thanks to the RPI, and then proceed to lose in the 1st or 2nd round.
F - Tim Morris
You've probably seen the clips by now of the Huskies senior throwing the ball of Alfred Aboya's face. There's really nothing to add here that the clip doesn't show.. except for ouch that hurts.
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Previous Best / Worst
February 8th - Big West / Virginia
February 6th - Chris Lofton / Dick Vitale
February 5th - Bob Knight / Josh Heytvelt
February 4th - New York Giants / Washington State
February 1st - Nevada / Penn
January 31st - Kansas State / St. John's
January 29th - Winthrop / Dyson & Wiggins
January 28th - Rutgers / Doris Burke
January 25th - Ron Hunter / Princeton Offense
January 23rd - Kentucky / Archbishop Burke
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