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Here at Bracketville, you’ll find insights and updates, seeding-curve rankings, forward-thinking predictions, and fan-interaction. We’ve had eight great seasons online and look forward to another adventure in 2016-17.  You can also look for Bracketology updates on NBCSports.com – College Basketball Talk.

Quick links for our opening 2016-17 postings:

SEED LIST   December 10, 2016  |  NEW

BRACKET PROJECTION  |   December 5, 2016


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Seed List: Syracuse has work to do

December 10, 2016 Leave a comment

Dave2015Ahead of another busy weekend in college hoops, this much is clear: Syracuse has work to do.  While the Orange opened the season ranked in the Top 25, they have done little on the court to prove they are a top flight team.  In fact, as of this morning, ‘Cuse would miss a projected NCAA Tournament bracket. South Carolina (neutral) and Wisconsin (road) are acceptable losses, although the Orange were not overly competitive in either.  Add in this week’s somewhat stunning loss at the Garden to struggling Connecticut, and it’s time to re-think where the Orange are at this point.

Seed List Update

Against a non-conference schedule ranked about 200, Syracuse is 5-3.  The team’s best win is Monmouth at home.  They’ve beaten only one other Top 200 RPI team as of this posting.  The good news is this: Syracuse has a favorable home schedule through early January.  Read more…

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Quick Takes: Duke looks like a No. 1 Seed

December 9, 2016 Leave a comment

Dave2015It’s been one of those weeks in college hoops.  Previously unbeaten and highly-ranked Saint Mary’s lost at home to UT-Arlington last night. We also watched San Diego State lose at Grand Canyon – which leaves us wondering if the Mountain West will again be a one-bid league.  And then there was Valparaiso, which had the unfortunate task of visiting Kentucky the game after they lost to UCLA.  Talk about bad timing.  But the single biggest takeaway from the week might be the improved health (and availability) of Duke’s roster.  While beating Florida at Madison Square Garden, the Blue Devils gave us a glimpse into why we all thought they would be the No. 1 overall seed come March.  Read more…

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Bracketology: Bears, Bruins join top line

December 5, 2016 Leave a comment

Dave2015We’re almost a month into the 2016-17 college basketball season.  In other words, it time for our first in-season bracket projection.  While data can still be unreliable (obviously), at least we have some results to work with.  And on that note, two new names have joined the No. 1 seed line – Baylor and UCLA.  Villanova and Kansas remain from the preseason edition with one exception … the defending champs are now No. 1 overall.

Bracket Projection    |    Seed List

The Baylor Bears have arguably put together the nation’s best resume to date.  Then there’s UCLA’s stellar road win at Kentucky, a feat that may not be repeated this season.  We also pause to recognize West Virginia’s road victory at UVA.  Kudos to the Mountaineers.  Those types of victories carry weight, now and well into March. Read more…

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Seed List: Baylor, UCLA keep climbing

December 5, 2016 Leave a comment

Dave2015While a handful of teams scored important wins away from home this past weekend, none will be talked about more than UCLA’s win at Kentucky in Rupp Arena.  By beating UK on its home floor, the Bruins erased most doubts about how their immense talent would gel on the floor.  One win does not a season make, but the take-away is this … the Bruins should contend for a Pac-12 title and a high seed in March.  We’ll see how it plays out.

Seed List update

Easily forgotten (or overlooked) was Baylor’s win over Xavier.  A strong second-half pushed the Bears to another impressive victory.  Consider the wins on Baylor’s resume through December 4 … Oregon, Michigan State, VCU, Louisville, and Xavier.  They’ve also beaten Florida Gulf Coast and Sam Houston State, two other teams who currently project as potential NCAA teams.  One could argue that on resume alone the Bears should be in the No. 1 overall position on the Seed List. Read more…

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Seed List update: Kentucky leads Field

December 3, 2016 Leave a comment

Dave2015Our eyes tell us that Kentucky is pretty good.  True, the schedule hasn’t exactly been stubborn.  UK’s best win – by far – is a dominant performance over a Michigan State team that has struggled against a tough gauntlet of early games.  The next three weeks will clear up and/or answer questions about just how good the Wildcats are heading into SEC play.  UK hosts UCLA today, then gets Valparaiso, North Carolina, and Louisville (at the KFC Yum! Center).  If Big Blue is still undefeated, they’ll likely enter 2017 as the No. 1 overall seed.

Seed List update

Elsewhere, Baylor continues its assent up the newest Seed List (December 3).  One could easily make the Bears a Top 4 seed right now, with victories over VCU, Michigan State, Louisville, and Oregon (even without Dillon Brooks).  But we’re still early in the process, so the Seed List remains a balancing act of what we’ve seen versus what we still expect versus schedules, etc.  You get the idea.  Kentucky’s profile – as of this morning – would be way behind Baylor’s.  Should Baylor be No. 1 overall right now, ahead of say, even Villanova?  Those are all fun debates.

Read more…

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Bracket Games: UCLA, Kentucky headline stellar weekend

December 2, 2016 Leave a comment

Dave2015Sunday, the college football Selection Committee will announce its Final Four.  And four is a perfectly good number for college football.  Of course, us college hoops fans (even if we’re college FB fans, too), tend to think on a much grander scale, such as 64, or even 68, because what’s another four teams, right?  That way we can have a First Four and a Final Four.  But I digress.

The good news is that while we won’t be deciding any of those 68 slots this weekend, we will be treated to some superb stocking stuffers.  We’ll start with UCLA visiting Kentucky.  Two blue bloods. Two traditional powers. Two teams meshed with young talent and college stars.  And just for fun, both teams are averaging over 95 points-a-game.  If you like buckets, you might want to check it out. Read more…

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Quick Takes: Big Ten-ACC Challenge

December 1, 2016 Leave a comment

Dave2015It’s not surprising that the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) won its annual challenge against the Big Ten.  Both leagues have top-end quality, but the ACC’s depth is superior.  We knew – or at least anticipated – that before the season.  And it really wasn’t a surprise that Indiana beat North Carolina in Bloomington.  Not only are the Hoosiers talented, they are a tough group to take down in Assembly Hall.  IU may not lose a game on its home floor.  As for Duke and Michigan State, neither team is at full strength, and while the Spartans were a game bunch for 20 minutes, the Blue Devils are a tough out in Durham.  Dittos for Louisville beating Purdue at the Yum! Center.  The Cards rarely lose non-conference home games in November. Read more…

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