Bracket Bits: Takeaways from Harvard, Georgia, and Missouri
Harvard – With a one-point loss to Holy Cross now on its resume, three non-conference games take on additional meaning: Massachusetts (Nov. 29), at Virginia (Dec. 21) and at Arizona State (Dec. 28). Win the Ivy League, as projected, and the above games will only affect seeding. Fall short of an automatic bid, and results of these games could very well determine whether Harvard goes Dancing as an at-large team.
Georgia – While an opening defeat at Georgia Tech wasn’t ideal, it’s too early to consider it a “bad” loss – for two reasons: 1) we don’t know how Ga. Tech’s season will play out; 2) it was a road loss to an ACC team. Credit Mark Fox for scheduling a true road game out of the gate; not many coaches or teams would do that. With upcoming non-conference games against Gonzaga (Nov. 26), Colorado (Dec. 7), Seton Hall (Dec. 21), and Kansas State (Dec. 31), Georgia has plenty of chances to build an at-large resume before SEC play begins. Missouri – The Tigers may not be an NCAA team, but losing at home to UM-Kansas City still stings. Whether or not it was a bad game or a predicator of things to come remains uncertain. With games against Arizona, Oklahoma, Xavier, Illinois, and Oklahoma State still on the docket before New Year’s Day, there are plenty of chances to cleanse the palate. One a final note, the much-hyped “platoon” system at Kentucky lasted all of one game. Trailing Buffalo much of the first half and at halftime on Sunday, coach John Calipari switched models and UK pulled away in the second half – just in time for UK’s game with Kansas on Tuesday.