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Quick Takes: Gonzaga the new No. 1?

Dave2015Stuffed from its Maui feast, Gonzaga returns to the mainland with a victory over Duke and validation that another No. 1 seed in March is within its reach.  The question this Thanksgiving morning: Will the Bulldogs be No. 1 in the polls next week?

Not that it really matters right now – or ever, really.  Polls are fun and all, but largely meaningless when it comes to selection and seeding for the NCAA tournament.  So maybe the better question is actually: Will Gonzaga be No. 1 our next Seed List?  Right now, the answer would be yes.

Kansas and Tennessee play Friday in New York.  Should the Jayhawks beat the Volunteers, it would give KU victories over both Michigan State and Tennessee – which would be pretty good, too.  We’ll weigh the two resumes once the aforementioned results are complete.

More Quick Takes …

  • Even with losses, Auburn, Iowa State, and Arizona had successful trips to Maui.  ISU will be even better when healthy.
  • Tougher trips for Xavier and Illinois.  The Musketeers opened as a bubble team on our seed list, which seems about right; we’ll have to see.
  • Much the same for San Diego State.
  • Creighton is celebrating its Thanksgiving with a victory buffet over Clemson. The Big East has been far from overwhelming thus far, so the title chase could end up being wide open.
  • Arizona State improved to 5-0 after beating Utah State for the MGM title (Vegas).  Their path included a victory over potential SEC contender Mississippi State.
  • Lon Kruger is working a little magic again in Norman – or maybe the Bahamas. Oklahoma surprised Florida at the Battle for Atlantis.  If the Sooners can take a bite out of Wisconsin on Turkey Day, we’ll really be paying attention.
  • Quietly, Minnesota is 5-0 after beating Washington in Vancouver.  Early wins for the Gophers include Utah, Texas AM, and now the Huskies.
  • Unless Southern Illinois can beat Saint Louis and knock off Buffalo (during its second meeting with the Bulls), it’s getting harder and harder to see an at-large berth for the Valley.  Illinois State and Loyola-Chicago have already put some questionable dings on their resumes.  On a positive note, Bradley beat Penn State.
  • Since we’ve noted some unbeaten teams, here’s to Pittsburgh, now 6-0 after beating Saint Louis.  The road gets much tougher next week at Iowa.

Wishing you and your family a safe and blessed Thanksgiving.

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