Monday Report Card: Giants Win, WSU Struggles
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 - The New York Football Giants
Lack of updates on the site this weekend thanks to the Giants.. who consumed my Sunday. Most expect the National Champion to come out of UNC, Kansas, Memphis, or UCLA.. so the Giants win should give hope to all the other contenders or non-contenders out there.
B - The Big 5
Conference games can sometimes get repetitive, so its nice to see the Big 5 bring together Villanova and St. Joseph's in an important non-conference game tonight. Nova comes in reeling while the Hawks come in flying.. both teams fighting for their postseason lives. Unfortunately this game isn't on TV or it would be must watch for college hoops fans. Even though St. Joe's has been getting more respect in the polls and the computers, they still had less than exciting non-conference success. Sadly, a home win over Penn State is their best non-league performance so far, so they need a win tonight in the worst way.
C - Quentin Thomas
Ty Lawson scored the first four points in UNC's win over FSU, the Tar Heels got off to an early 8-1 lead.. and then Lawson got hurt and UNC limped to a close overtime victory. Depending on the severity of Lawson's ankle pain, Thomas will be getting extended minutes coming up.. something the senior isn't used to. Back in February of 06 was the only other time the former Top 100 prospect got at least 20 minutes of playing time. Should be interesting to see how the career 3rd-stringer fares if forced to play 30+ minutes against Duke.
D- College Basketball TV Ratings
Even during the NCAA Tournament, college basketball ratings are never that exciting. But this year, there does seem to be a lack of interest in most games, especially on network television. Part of that is simply unfortunate scheduling, as a lot of the major CBS games have been uncompetitive duds. But last weekend, the nationally televised CBS games got a 1.1 or 1.2 rating, almost 3 times less than the US Figure Skating Championships and barely half as many viewers as Friday Night Smackdown.
F - Washington State
The Cougars, who had basically been on a roll for a year and a half, suddenly look human. They've lost three of four, including back to back home losses to Stanford and Cal, and the lone win in there was by 1-point against mediocre Arizona State. They next face #5 UCLA, seeking revenge for an earlier defeat, and a bad effort will drop them to 5-5 in league play.. a record unworthy of a team that's been in the Top 10 all year. If you ask what's changed.. the answer is nothing. Its not like they've been getting blown out. Just a matter of a few baskets here and there not going their way as opposed to earlier in the year.
Previous Best / Worst
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