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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.

Updates: Seed List  |  November 18

Preseason 2017-18:

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Quick Takes: Texas Tech makes statement

November 20, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015Texas Tech departed the Mohegan Sun (Uncasville, CT) on Sunday night with a pair of neutral-court wins on its resume.  The latter, Sunday’s throttling of Northwestern, was particularly impressive.  Last season, the Red Raiders struggled to win away from home, thus adding a potentially important footnote to their successful weekend.  Whether TTU can win on the road remains to be seen – their first true road game isn’t until January 2 at Kansas.  But Sunday’s triumph gives the Red Raiders an early surge of momentum and a victory that should still look good in March.

Additional Quick Takes from Sunday: Read more…

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Quick Takes: Rocket start for Toledo

November 19, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015How about the start for Toledo?  The Rockets opened their season by beating Saint Joseph’s (Atlantic 10), and followed it up Saturday with a victory over Horizon League favorite Oakland.  Neither of those wins will shake the rafters, per se, but they are solid nonetheless.  The Mid-American Conference (MAC) race appears wide open, and thus far, Toledo has the notched the league’s best two wins.  Up next for the Rockets? A trip to Syracuse.  Opportunity knocks (again).

Other Quick Takes from Saturday: Read more…

Arizona, Duke remain 1-2 on Seed List

November 18, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015Overall, a fun opening week on the hardwood for college hoops.  With a victory over Michigan State in Chicago, one could argue that Duke has the “best” win of the young season.  Is that reason enough to vault the Blue Devils over Arizona on the Seed List?  It could be, but for now I’m keeping Arizona-Duke in the same order in which they started. The Wildcats have won their first three games by an average of 30 points.

Seed List Update

Michigan State remains at No. 3 and Kansas at No. 4; meaning no changes to the top line.  Hard to ding the Spartans for a close loss to a team ranked a spot higher, and KU won its matchup with UK.  Villanova, Kentucky, Wichita State, and USC follow the top four. Read more…

Quick Takes: X marks its spot on the road

November 17, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015Add Xavier to the list of teams posting quality road wins in Week 1.  The Musketeers arrived at the Kohl Center Thursday as part of the Gavitt Games and exited with a victory over Wisconsin.  While this might not (yet) be one of the Badgers best teams, winning in Madison is always worth noting.  Trevon Bluiett made big plays at key times in the final minutes as X marked its spot. Looking ahead: think about this year’s Crosstown Shooting against Cincinnati. Should be fun.

Other Quick Takes from Thursday: Read more…

Quick Takes: Purdue, ASU post under-the-radar wins

November 15, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015Overshadowed by the Champions Classic at the United Center in Chicago, Purdue and Arizona State posted under-the-radar wins on Tuesday.  The Boilermakers notched a road victory at Marquette.  Arizona State handled San Diego State at home.  While neither of those Ws are likely to draw headlines, they still figure to be worthwhile resume points down the line.

Other Quick Takes from Tuesday:  Read more…

Quick Takes: Golden road win for Gophers

November 14, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015Winning away from home has always mattered to the Selection Committee. True road wins?  Those are like pure gold, especially outside the conference.  That’s why Minnesota’s victory at Providence on Monday will resonate throughout the season.  The Golden Gophers dominated the paint -and the second half.  Expect both teams to be threats in March.  It was an NCAA-level game.

Other Quick Takes from Monday: Read more…

Quick Takes: Keep an eye on Texas AM

November 11, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015As this is our first in-season Quick Takes, let me offer a brief reminder: one game does not a season nor a resume make.  Nonetheless, Texas AM put together an impressive debut Friday night.  The Aggies beat a good West Virginia team at Ramstein Air Base in Germany without Robert Williams (one of their best players) and point guard J.J. Caldwell.  Did I mention they were also down 13 points early?  The takeaway?  When fully assembled, Texas AM appears more than capable of challenging Kentucky and Florida for top billing in the SEC.

A few other Quick Takes from opening night: Read more…