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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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Bracket Games: Buffalo-SIU headline UTR matchups this week

November 11, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015College hoops ramps up this week.  We get the Gavitt Tip-Off games, the Charleston Classic, the Myrtle Beach Invitational, and a variety of other goodies.  Headliners include Marquette at Indiana, Michigan at Villanova, Connecticut vs. Syracuse, and Iowa vs. Oregon.  Link to Bracket Games for an updated listing of contests worth tracking.

We also get some really good Under-the-Radar (UTR) matchups; none better than Buffalo at Southern Illinois on Monday.  Let’s take a look …

Buffalo at Southern Illinois (Monday) – MAC favorite Buffalo arrives in Carbondale fresh off its upset of West Virginia in Morgantown.  Southern Illinois isn’t WVU, but they are one of this year’s MVC favorites and hung with Kentucky in Lexington until late in the game.  Think of this as a kind of retired “Bracket Buster” game we used to see in February. Read more…

Seed List: Duke jumps to No. 1

November 10, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015I have no idea who would win if Duke and Kansas played today.  But I do know that Duke beat Kentucky by 34 points at the Champions Classic and looked the part of a No. 1 overall seed.  So as of this morning – five days into the season – that’s where the Blue Devils now reside on the Seed List.

Seed List 

Elsewhere, Buffalo moves up after an overtime win at West Virginia. More importantly, the Bulls banked a power-worthy non-conference victory that has the chance to garner some major interest down the road. Read more…

Quick Takes: Duke dominates, Buckeyes happy in ‘Nati

November 8, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015With the 2018-19 college basketball season underway, it’s time to bring back Quick Takes.  So let’s get to it …

Duke dominated Kentucky in Indianapolis on opening night, sending a few shockwaves though the college hoops world along the way.  That said, let’s reign in the talk of an undefeated season.  The Blue Devils still have a host of worthy non-conference opponents in front of them, not to mention some tricky road trips through the Atlantic Coast Conference.  Does Duke look like a title contender? Absolutely.  Are they unbeatable?  That’s a question better reserved for February or March.

Kansas looked pretty good, too, mind you.  As did Michigan State – particularly in the second half.  KU get’s the benefit of an early resume boost, but nothing else changed.  Both teams looked the part of being high seeds come Selection Sunday. Read more…

Under-the-Radar ‘Bracket’ Games: Opening week

November 3, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015The 2018-19 college hoops season kicks off with a pair of heavyweight matchups at the State Farm Classic in Indianapolis on Tuesday, November 6: Kansas vs. Michigan State and Kentucky vs. Duke.  There’s also the Florida vs. Florida State rivalry.  If those three don’t get your hoops’ juices flowing then, well, we’ll just leave it at that.

The reality, though, is that all six of those schools are likely to end up with solid seeds come Selection Sunday.  So let’s focus here on some Under-the-Radar (UTR) matchups of Opening Week. Read more…

Preseason: Kansas, Kentucky lead opening bracket

October 29, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015A new college basketball season is upon us, which means another journey toward Selection Sunday and March Madness.  With that in mind, we offer up our annual preseason bracket projection, an exercise that is most certainly more art than science.

Preseason Bracket   |   Seed List

What we think we know is that Kansas, Kentucky, Duke, and Gonzaga are among a handful of teams that figure to be in the conversation for No. 1 seeds.  Another strong group includes such names as North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, and, yes, even Villanova. And then there’s Nevada, a hungry and hearty Wolfpack with their own Final Four aspirations.

One thing’s for certain, the bracket will look a lot different come March.  That’s the beauty of college hoops.  Enjoy the ride!

Preseason: Mid-Major quests for elusive NCAA bids

October 28, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Peering through the rearview mirror, we can still see Sister Jean and her Loyola Ramblers crashing the NCAA’s Final Four ballroom.  What a ride it was!  And yet, we are left to wonder: Had Illinois State won the Missouri Valley title game, would the Ramblers have made the NCAA tournament?

That is the dubious question so often faced by teams affectionately known as Mid-Majors.  Quite simply, there are no guarantees.  We’ll have to wait and see how the NCAA’s new metric – the NET – ranks and correlates results, but the most tried and true method of predictability remains: who did you play, where did you play, and who did you beat.

Thus, for teams in leagues like the Valley, non-conference scheduling and results against non-league competition are critical come Selection Sunday.  Note: For this post, teams in the Atlantic 10, American, and Mountain West are not included as those leagues (as currently constructed) have routinely sent multiple teams to the NCAA tournament.

Below are sneak peaks at some of this year’s most promising mid-major at-large hopefuls as we begin another college hoops season: Read more…

Preseason preparation for 2018-19

October 18, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015As another college basketball season prepares to dawn, a group of familiar names greets us with the anticipation of March Madness and April glory.  Teams like Kansas, Kentucky, Duke, and even Gonzaga are considered title contenders.  Prognosticators are also rightfully intrigued by Nevada, Tennessee, North Carolina, and even a re-focused Virginia outfit trying to bounce back from an historic upset at the hands of UMBC.

Then there’s defending National Champion, Villanova, with some fresh faces among its returning talent.  Dismiss the Wildcats at your own risk.

By most accounts, the SEC will be strong again, and the Big Ten is likely to send more than a handful of teams to the Dance.  The race for bids is tightening even before we tip in early November.  Will the Missouri Valley send multiple teams?  While someone beyond Nevada emerge as a second or third NCAA team from the Mountain West?  How many bids can the Atlantic 10 garner?  Can both both Marshall and Western Kentucky survive Conference USA and Selection Sunday?  And what about the MAC?  Both Buffalo and Eastern Michigan are contenders. Read more…