Office Hours: Getting Started

By David Scott - November 11, 2007

Since we are always talking so much about the "student-athletes" (as mandated by the small chip the NCAA implanted in our scalp during last year's Final Four which we're not supposed to know about), it probably makes sense to keep with the whole schooly theme for a new feature here in Hang Timeville.

Creative we're not, so we'll settle for calling it the "Monday Report Card," unless you have something more compelling. Without further ado, peek into the grade book after Week One of College Hoops 2007-08.

A+: The Atlantic Sun

The Conference and its star pupils Gardner-Webb, Mercer and Belmont combined to hurt the RPIs of Kentucky, USC and Cincinnati, respectively. What a stretch.

F: Kentucky

Of all the upset losses in Week 1, it was the one suffered by Billy Gillispie's new team that is the most egregious and unforgivable. Just a really bad foot to start off on -- especially with a two week stretch between games.

We'll let Gillispie spell it out for you:

"They just came into our place and I thought they whipped us in every phase of the game. The box score was not indicative of how bad they beat us and it was a very tough loss.

"We cut [the lead] late and then we give up lay-ups twice in transition. That's about as bad of transition defense as I've ever seen in my life and that's my fault.

"Hopefully, as bad as it was, it will turn into a great message for us," he said after the game.

A (For Each): Derek Rose and O.J. Mayo

Let the build up for the December 4 Jimmy V. Classic begin. Freshmen Rose (Memphis) and Mayo (USC) had stellar debuts. Even with the Trojans loss to Mercer, the Mayo hype machine got even more fodder with his 32-point performance and Rose was the MVP of the Coaches vs. Cancer Memphis regional in averaging 19 points per game.

A+: Michael Beasley, Kansas State

Another frosh phenom, Michael Beasley notched 32 points and grabbed 24 rebounds in KSU's 94-63 win over Sacramento State on Saturday. Beasley broke the Big 12 record for rebounds in a single game (23) which was shared by Texas’ Kevin Durant from last season and Kansas’ Nick Collison (2003). It was also the highest-scoring debut by a freshman in Big 12 history.

A+: The Ram Ranter, Rhode Island Assistant Coach Pat Skerry

Skerry, who like all good bloggers, hails from north of Boston, has been a virtual blogging maniac with his Rhody Rants blog. Combining some good coaching insight with a steady dose of Boston sports rooting, Skerry is even promising to bring his laptop on the road this week to the sunny Florida and Daytona Beach, where the Rams are partaking in a the Glenn Wilkes Classic. Keep the sand and waves away from the keyboard, Coach.

Rook Look

Also, on Mondays we will a look at the 2006-07 college departees and what they are doing in their next endeavor, wherever it may be:

While the First Al - Al Horford (Florida, No. 3 overall) - has started off quite nicely for the Hawks, the Other Al (Thornton, No. 14) is also finding some floor time in his debut campaign for the 4-2 Clippers.

Horford's body, by the way, already look a whole lot more NBA ready than it was last year at this time.)

(The Hawks also have rookie Acie Law IV (Texas A&M), who has been steady early - especially against the Celtics in a losing effort on Friday. That is one young and potentially scary team right there.)

Information and quotes from school releases, official websites and wire stories were used in this report.

Posted by David Scott at 11:48 PM on November 11, 2007

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