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Bracket Games: Tip-Off Marathon

Dave2015If the goal of the Tip-Off Marathon is to save the “best” games for last, Tuesday’s nights Champions Classic tilts between Kentucky-Michigan State and Duke-Kansas are certainly on point.  And while the winners place an early notch on their resume belts, we’re still expecting solid seasons from all four Blue Bloods.

That in mind … which match-ups might end up being more important to March’s bracket?  Let’s take a look:

Princeton at BYU – Two potential bubble teams.  Princeton looks like the class of the Ivy, although Yale upended Washington on the road Sunday night.  And BYU opens the season behind Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s in the WCC.  If either fails to win their league’s automatic bid, the victor could have a nice door prize.

San Diego State at Gonzaga – How good are this year’s Aztecs? For a team that missed on its early chances last season, and missed the NCAA tournament as a result, beating the Zags at The Kennel would be huge.

Dayton at Alabama – Some curiosity here about the Flyers and the Crimson Tide.  Certainly not a make-or-break game for either, but a quality, under-the-radar type affair.

Oregon at Baylor – The Ducks are good; Final Four good if Dillon Brooks returns healthy.  The real story here is Baylor.  How good are the Bears?  We’re about to find out how they measure up early in the season.  If nothing else, break out the sunglasses; the uniforms are bound to be bright.

Elsewhere, we also have some quality Big Ten-Big East match-ups Monday and Tuesday in the Gavitt Games

  • Villanova at Purdue
  • Maryland at Georgetown
  • Wisconsin at Creighton

It’s great to have college hoops back on the schedule.

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