Team-by-team report cards for 2010-11
Several teams earned high marks in Pac-10, ACC, SEC and among mid-majors
While it's easy to get caught up in the excitement and results of the NCAA tournament, a college basketball team deserves to be evaluated at season's end on the entirety of their work. So with this in mind, we're dishing out grades for every team based not only on what they did in March, but in the four months of play that preceded it.
We began Friday with the "Big" conferences -- East, Ten, 12 -- and Tuesday we've got the ACC, SEC, Pac-10 and a handful of top schools from outside the six major conferences for you.
Washington Huskies: B+
Great finish, but inconsistency on the road led to their usual third-place finish in the conference. Additionally, the off-court issue with Venoy Overton is not good for karma in Seattle. UW did win the Pac-10 tourney again, but was beaten twice by Washington State and blew several opportunities to beat UNC in the tournament.
UCLA Bruins: B+
On the strength of a good, solid bounce-back year, the Bruins came close to winning the league. On the other hand, they did get beaten badly in some road games and still cannot beat Florida.
Arizona Wildcats: A-
Tremendous finish to a solid season. The Wildcats clearly got better as the year went along. Derrick Williams became a household name by tournament's end and MoMo Jones went from a player they might run off to a go-to scoring guard. Sean Miller continues to establish himself as one of the top coaches in the game.