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Quick Takes: Big start for top tier of Big Ten

December 6, 2019 2 comments

Dave2015It’s been a BIG start for the top tier of the Big Ten.

By now, we’re well aware of Michigan’s resume attributes from the Battle 4 Atlantis (wins over Iowa State, North Carolina, Gonzaga).  Maryland hasn’t yet added the same name power, but the Terps do have victories over Temple, Marquette and Notre Dame.  Wednesday night, Ohio State rode a dominant second-half to a lopsided win at North Carolina; that after running past Villanova at home in November.

Those three are a combined 23-1 with the lone loss belonging to Michigan following its Tuesday trip to Louisville.  Pretty good stuff. Read more…

Quick Takes: Cards, Blue Devils win the night

December 4, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015Louisville’s defense suffocated Michigan.

It’s was that simple Tuesday night at the KFC Yum! Center.  The previously hot Wolverines missed 43 of 58 shots, including 16 of 19 three-point attempts. By game’s end, Big Blue had racked up a whopping 43 points.  For comparison sakes, Michigan averaged 79 points-per-game while sweeping through Iowa State, North Carolina and Gonzaga at the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Assuming the Cardinals dispatch Pittsburgh at home on Friday, they will be the top overall seed in next Monday’s bracket.

Duke wasn’t as defensively dominant in the scoring column, but the Blue Devils rattled Michigan State early and kept the Spartans off balance with an in-your-face mentality in East Lansing.  It was a nice bounce-back victory after last week’s shocking home loss to Stephen F. Austin.  Duke heads to Virginia Tech on Friday. Read more…

Quick Takes: Michigan makes case for No. 1 seed on Monday

November 30, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015Anyway you slice it, Michigan has made its case for a No. 1 seed when the first in-season bracket arrives on Monday.  The Wolverines exited the Battle 4 Atlantis with back-to-back wins over North Carolina and Gonzaga.  They also own November wins over Creighton and Iowa State.  That’s a pretty strong quadrant of victories.

Past performances are never an indication of future performance, of course, but Juwan Howard’s crew is worthy of distinction.  If Michigan State, Duke, Kentucky or Kansas had the same collection of wins we’d be gushing over such a strong start.  For what it’s worth, Michigan visits Louisville for the Big-ACC challenge this week.  It’s a game that could overshadow Duke-Michigan State and even Ohio State-UNC. Who thought that three weeks ago? Read more…

Quick Takes: Michigan, SDSU impress; Iowa makes statement

November 29, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015On a day when Oregon and Gonzaga needed overtime in the Bahamas, two of the most impressive performances on Thanksgiving arrived via Michigan and San Diego State.  The Wolverines thumped North Carolina (a late UNC push made the final score deceiving), and SDSU throttled Creighton.  If you haven’t yet tuned in the Aztecs, it’s time.  Their earlier road win at BYU is looking better all the time, too.

For what it’s worth … Michigan looks like a major player in the Big Ten race – and San Diego State looks like a strong challenger to Utah State in the Mountain West.

Let’s also not overlook Iowa’s surprising victory over Texas Tech in Las Vegas.  Moving forward, we’ll see whether that result tells us more about the Hawkeyes or the re-tooling Red Raiders.  Read more…

Seed List: Oregon, Gonzaga feasting for top line

November 28, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015Beyond our turkey and stuffing today, we can fill our plates with a casserole of college hoops.  The top choice is Oregon and Gonzaga at the Battle 4 Atlantis.  As our first in-season bracket prepares to drop on Monday, the Ducks and Bulldogs are feasting for a spot on the No. 1 seed line.

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Oregon’s late-night rally over Seton Hall on Wednesday gives the Ducks early wins over full-strength Memphis, Houston and Seton Hall, two of those on neutral courts.  It might be hard to find a better true resume right now.

We begin the morning with a No. 1 seed line in this order … Louisville (Midwest), Oregon (West), Kansas (South), Ohio State (East).  Gonzaga, North Carolina and Maryland are next in line – with both the Zags and Tar Heels in Atlantis – and those two could potentially meet in the title game.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Quick Takes: Virginia Tech fills its plate with Spartan stuffing

November 26, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015Collectively, the college basketball world wasn’t expecting too much from Virginia Tech this season.

That narrative may have changed Monday afternoon in Maui.

Tenacious on both ends of the court, the Hokies filled their plate with some Spartan stuffing en route to a huge resume-boosting victory over Michigan State.

In many ways, the Hokies resembled the previous team coached by Mike Young.  Yes, that would be Wofford, whom Young guided to the NCAA tournament five times in his final 10 years at the school.  It’s one game, so let’s not push all of our chips in just yet.  But it’s a huge start that gives Young and the Hokies a nice stack of cache to play with. Read more…

Feast Week: Five teams hoping to fill their resume plates

November 25, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015From afternoon tip-offs to food aplenty, Feast Week is one of the best set-ups in college basketball.  The Maui Invitational features Michigan State and Kansas.  The Battle 4 Atlantis has the deepest field, with the likes of North Carolina, Gonzaga, Oregon and Seton Hall in attendance.  And that’s not factoring in solid groups gathered in Orlando, Anaheim and Las Vegas.  It’s a cornucopia of hoops, for sure.

With that as a backdrop, here are five teams hoping to build up resumes in the next seven days …

Dayton – An under-the-radar pick to potentially win the Atlantic 10, the Flyers open with Georgia in Maui. It’s a big opportunity in itself, but even bigger given the route a victory could provide (a matchup with Michigan State, for example).  With Davidson struggling out of the gate, it remains to be seen how many up games await during the A-10 season.  The Flyers would love to exit the islands with a couple of notables on their team sheet. Read more…