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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 2017-18.  You can also look for Bracketology updates on NBCSports.com – College Basketball Talk.

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Categories: Current Updates

Seed List: Arizona State reaches top line

December 12, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015Arizona State has earned its position on the No. 1 seed line.  After beating Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse on Sunday, the Sun Devils’ list of non-conference scalps includes these additional names: Xavier, St. John’s, Kansas State, and San Diego State.  Of those, only SDSU came at home.  More likely than not, ASU will be 12-0 heading into its Pac-12 opener at Arizona on December 30.

Seed List update

Villanova now sits at No. 1, followed by Michigan State, Duke, and the aforementioned Sun Devils.

Teams moving up include Xavier, Seton Hall, West Virginia, Florida State, and Arizona (after its rough start in the Bahamas).  Teams falling include Florida, Cincinnati, Minnesota, UCLA, and USC.  The Trojans have dropped from a preseason No. 2 seed all the way to the cutline.  While it’s doubtful the talented Trojans will stay there, they are 0-3 vs. the currently-projected NCAA-level teams on their schedule.

 

Quick Takes: Florida stuck in a swamp

December 7, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015There was a dominating win over Stanford, an overtime thriller over Gonzaga, and a close loss to top-seeded Duke.  That was Florida’s resume following the PK-80 event in Portland   Since then?  The Gators have dropped a less-than-competitive game to rival Florida State, and ended up on the wrong side of the scoreboard again Wednesday against Loyola-Chicago.  Both at home.  Sure, the Ramblers were considered a preseason contender in the Missouri Valley, but given how the Gators looked a couple of weeks ago, no one thought they would amble out of the O-Dome with a victory.  Especially with UF coming off back-to-back losses.  The Gators’ three-point shooting and defense has been stuck in a swamp since returning to the Sunshine State.

Next up for Florida? A visit from angry Cincinnati.  If you thought Florida-FSU was intense, you missed UC’s loss to Xavier.  The Bearcats will be ready for a battle.  Florida better be, too.

More Quick Takes … Read more…

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Quick Takes: Eyes on the Seminoles

December 5, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015Eyes on the Seminoles.  Florida State added a huge road win to its resume on Monday, beating rival Florida in Gainesville behind a career-high 25 points from Terance Mann.  There are wins that stick with teams – and this one qualifies.  It also backs up a true road win at Rutgers in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

As it relates to FSU’s early profile, Florida was – by far – the Seminoles best chance for a marquee non-conference victory.  The only other game of note appears to be Oklahoma State.  Which makes Monday’s victory that much more relevant.

Other Quick takes from Monday … Read more…

Quick Takes: Boise State on the move

December 2, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015If you missed it late Friday night, Boise State arrived in Eugene, Oregon and left with a road victory over the Ducks.  Jot that down in your notebook.  A road win against a power conference opponent has staying power.  It also helps the Mountain West Conference as a whole.  With the Big Ten flailing, a couple of additional bracket slots could be open in March.  Thus, if teams like Nevada, UNLV, San Diego State, and Boise State build worthy profiles – especially outside the league – they can be in contention for those at-large positions.

MWC opportunities continue to knock, too.  Before league play begins …

UNLV gets Arizona and Illinois …. Nevada gets cracks at Texas Tech and TCU (and already has a win over Rhode Island) … San Diego State gets Gonzaga (already has a win over Georgia) … and Boise still travels to SMU. Read more…

Bracketology: Duke, MSU ring in December

December 1, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015Welcome to December!  Time for our first in-season peek at the bracket.  A lot has changed since early November.  Arizona has tumbled.  The Big Ten has fumbled.  And several new teams find their names inside the Field of 68.  What hasn’t changed?  That would be No. 1 seed positions for Duke and Michigan State.  The Blue Devils and Spartans opened as top seeds, and three weeks into their journey, they continue to hold those spots.  Kansas remains No. 3.  As the new month begins, Villanova holds the final No. 1 slot, although it was a tight decision among ‘Nova, Texas AM, and Florida.

Bracket Projection

As this juncture, we still face a lot of unknowns.  Example: Cincinnati.  I expect the Bearcats to be very good – and they’ve looked good against the likes of Coppin State, Richmond, and even Wyoming.  Tomorrow (Saturday, Dec. 2) they play Xavier at the Cintas Center.  After that, the Bearcats get Florida, Mississippi State and UCLA.  We’ll have a better indication of just how good Cincy might be after that stretch. Read more…

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Quick Takes: Big Ten takes a beating

November 30, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015Michigan State and Notre Dame wrap up the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in East Lansing tonight, but the results are already clear:  As a league, the Big Ten is a step behind.  Furthermore, the optics of the ACC’s lopsided margin lead us to another question?  How many Big Ten teams will reach the NCAA tournament?

There is no definitive answer three weeks into a four-month journey, but it was nonetheless a lost week for most of the Big Ten.  As of this morning, Michigan State, Minnesota and Purdue remain strong candidates.  After that?  Yeah, that’s the issue.  I’m not suggesting the Big Ten will be a three-bid league, but at the moment it’s equally tough to imagine another eight-bid campaign.

Other Quick Takes from Monday: Read more…

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Quick Takes: Duke building a top seed resume

November 27, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015We’re two weeks into the college basketball season and Duke is well on its way toward another No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.  The Blue Devils’ early resume includes neutral court wins over Michigan State, Texas, and Florida.  Considering that MSU and Florida should both end up as high seeds themselves, that’s impressive – especially given the youth on Duke’s roster.  Marvin Bagley III is as good as advertised – maybe better.   And the Blue Devils will only improve as the season progresses, or one would think.  If you’re a Duke fan, your team’s tournament road through Charlotte and Atlanta (South Region) is looking like a pretty good wager.

Other Quick Takes from Sunday: Read more…