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Quick Takes: Duke doubles its pleasure with a pair of road wins

Dave2015If you’re old enough to remember the now-retired DoubleMint gum commercials, you’ll understand the headline reference.  If not, never mind. It wasn’t long ago – last week, in fact – that Duke was coming off three losses in five games and had gone winless in its three previous road games.  They were also facing back-to-back road games at Wake Forest and Notre Dame.  Had things not gone so well in Winston-Salem and South Bend, the Blue Devils would have been heading into their upcoming home stretch with an 0-5 road record and sub-.500 Atlantic Coast Conference mark.  But things went quite well and Duke heads home with a chance to re-merge as a contender in the ACC race.  Next up, the Blue Devils host ACC bubble teams Pittsburgh and Clemson along with rival North Carolina.  Getting all three would be ideal, as the Blue Devils closing stretch includes four road games – Virginia, Syracuse, Miami, and UNC.

Additional Quick Takes …

  • Big Ten bubble teams Illinois and Ohio State have both dropped off the pace.  Illinois is 0-5 in true road games, Ohio State is 2-5 (victories at Nebraska, Navy).  Both have huge home games tonight: Illinois hosts Wisconsin, OSU hosts Maryland.
  • Michigan hasn’t been any better on the road, which doesn’t bode well for the Wolverines, either – unless they can fix that resume blemish in February.
  • Surprisingly, Tennessee and Alabama are in the at-large mix.  With a lot of mediocre resumes out there, it’s just something to keep an eye on.  The Volunteers have current “Bracket-level” wins against Kentucky, Kansas State, and Georgia Tech.  Alabama is 6-2 in league play and recently beat Georgia by 20 on the Dawgs’ home court.
  • Georgetown and Oklahoma State are also working themselves back into the mix.  The Cowboys have won four straight after a six-game skid, including two road wins (Texas Tech, Oklahoma) and a home route of Arkansas.  Georgetown has won back-to-back Big East games against Creighton and Butler.
  • Wichita State could be in a tough spot.  Certain metrics love the Shockers.  But WSU is 0-4 vs. Top 100 RPI teams, with their best wins being Tulsa, LSU, and Oklahoma.  Even with no “bad” losses and a gaudy record, the Shockers likely need to beat Illinois State at home and play the Redbirds again in the MVC tourney to end up as an at-large team – unless the rest of the bubble teams continue to puddle around.

Enjoy a busy Tuesday night on the court.

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