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Quick Takes: Maui Invitational

Dave2015One of my goals this year is to offer more Quick Takes regarding daily/weekly results along with the upcoming schedule.  Most will be in bullet-point form.  With that, here are your Thanksgiving Quick Takes from the Maui Invitational …

North Carolina looks like an Elite 8 / Final Four contender.  Despite the loss of Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson, the Tar Heels remain balanced, deep, and hungry.  Kennedy Meeks, Isaiah Hicks, Joel Berry, and Justin Jackson, among others, have upped their games.  Along the way, UNC dominated a high-scoring Oklahoma State squad led by Juwan Evans and Phil Forte, and manhandled a Wisconsin group many thought would be the Big Ten frontrunners.

  • Oregon is still going to be pretty good.  The early loss at Baylor (minus Dillon Brooks) and an average performance against struggling Georgetown are still on the Ducks’ resume.  But let’s give it a little time before rendering a decision.  Oregon showed spurts of its potential against Connecticut; we’ll see if those spurts become more sustainable.
  • I thought Oklahoma State would be a bubble team.  Maui confirmed this notion in a positive way.  The Cowboys can score, although they are somewhat susceptible to powerful front lines (aka Carolina).  OSU still has non-conference trips to Maryland, Tulsa, and Wichita State.  We’ll see how they handle those hurdles.
  • Georgetown pulled out a win over Oregon to save an otherwise disappointing trip. They leave the islands with a 2-4 record (overall).  There’s potential, but G’Town enters December squarely behind the 8-ball.  Their December 17 trip to Syracuse looks like their lone remaining chance to add a non-conference win of note.
  • Slow starts are killing Connecticut.  For whatever reason, the Huskies were sluggish out of the gate in Maui and could never climb the mountain.  Disappointing as that is, it’s made worse by their opening home losses to Wagner and Northeastern.  We know teams can right the ship (think Wisconsin last year), but the Huskies don’t look anything like a post-season team right now.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving Day.

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