Marshall gives Shockers B+/A- grade

Every year Gregg Marshall grades his team in third's of the season: Non-conference play, conference play and the postseason.

This year he gives his team an A-/B+ after the first third.

If I am a very kind grader, it would be somewhere like an A-," said the head coach. "If I were a staunch, tough grader, it would be a B+."

The bottom line is the guys are 10-2 and the 11th ranked team in the nation.

The only two losses came against No. 13 Notre Dame in the final seconds and an extremely good Oklahoma squad.

The Shockers have played the 31st most difficult schedule this season. Which Gregg called the most difficult in his tenure with WSU.

Oh, and Markis McDuffie, their leading scorer, rebounder and steal man from a year ago, missed 11 games. Conner Frankamp and Landry Shamet each missed time too.

"I feel pretty good about it, said Marshall. "The beautiful thing is, we aren't very good right now. We have a long way to go in order to be the best we can be. I will be able to work with them over the break when they get back on the 27th. There is a lot to be learned from this tape and from all of our games. We have a lot of room for improvement. Hopefully we can get there."

They start conference play Dec. 30 at Connecticut.