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Quick Takes: Big start for top tier of Big Ten

Dave2015It’s been a BIG start for the top tier of the Big Ten.

By now, we’re well aware of Michigan’s resume attributes from the Battle 4 Atlantis (wins over Iowa State, North Carolina, Gonzaga).  Maryland hasn’t yet added the same name power, but the Terps do have victories over Temple, Marquette and Notre Dame.  Wednesday night, Ohio State rode a dominant second-half to a lopsided win at North Carolina; that after running past Villanova at home in November.

Those three are a combined 23-1 with the lone loss belonging to Michigan following its Tuesday trip to Louisville.  Pretty good stuff.

And that doesn’t account for what we still might see from Michigan State, or even Purdue – which whitewashed Virginia at Mackey this week (after a slower-than-anticipated start).  Nor does it account for what we anticipate as second-tier teams such as Penn State and Indiana.  The Hoosiers have feasted entirely at home to this point, so we’ll see how their victory over Florida State holds up away from Assembly Hall.  Then there’s Iowa, which dumped Texas Tech.

Additional Quick Takes …

  • Arkansas is 8-0 against mostly home-cooking and non-NCAA at-large teams.  The Razorbacks lone victory away from home was an overtime buzzer-beater at Georgia Tech (making them 7-0 vs. Quad 3/4 teams – without a Q1 win).  It’s a bit of a wait and see approach.
  • It was a testy Thursday for two other SEC teams.  Auburn escaped Furman at home in overtime and Mississippi State dropped a buy game to Louisiana Tech.
  • Now, La Tech might end up being Conference USA’s best team.  We’ll see.  The Bulldogs lone losses have come during trips to Creighton and Indiana.
  • BYU’s up-and-down start took a brief downturn with a loss at Utah.  Not a bad loss, per se, but a game the Cougars may look back on down the road.
  • Saturday’s Crosstown Shootout will tell us a lot about Cincinnati.  The Bearcats have been middling through their schedule, including a loss to Bowling Green.
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