Archive

Archive for the ‘Current Updates’ Category

NCAA Tourney Quick Takes: Double Digit Day 2

March 21, 2021 Leave a comment

Dave2015So much for the chalk theory on Day 2.  Saturday evening took care of that, with Ohio knocking off defending champ Virginia (2019) and Abilene Christian busting additional brackets by trimming the Texas Longhorns.  We’re now into the Round of 32.  In all, three more double-digit seeds advanced, meaning eight (8) squads seeded 10 or higher are still alive.  Some Quick Takes from Saturday:

(14) Abilene Christian edges (3) Texas 
If there’s a statistic that tells the story, it’s this: Texas committed 23 turnovers.  That ugly number contributed to the Wildcats attempting 27 more shots than the Longhorns.

(13) Ohio rallies past (4) Virginia
This result was less surprising given UVA’s COVID-related issues and late arrival in Indy.  Ohio’s Jason Preston put up a double-double, and the Cavaliers’ pace kept the Bobcats in contact.  A late run proved the difference with Ben Vander Plas knocking down a couple of huge three-pointers. Read more…

Categories: Current Updates

NCAA Tourney Quick Takes: A Double-Digit Day 1

March 20, 2021 Leave a comment

Dave2015If Day 1 of the 2021 NCAA tournament was any indication, we are in for a Madness-filled ride.  Three overtimes.  Five double-digit seeds advanced.  You’re next, Saturday.

(15) Oral Roberts knocks out (2) Ohio State
Most importantly, let’s give ORU credit; they played with confidence and never let OSU find its rhythm.  There are also these statistical markers: Ohio State failed to check Max Ambas (29 points) or Kevin Obanor (30 points), the Buckeyes turned it over 16 times, and they made just 9 of 18 free throws, including several late-game misses.

(13) North Texas takes down (4) Purdue
While Trevion Williams and Jaden Ivey played well for the Boilermakers, several key pieces struggled.  Purdue made just 36 percent of its FG’s, while allowing North Texas to connect on over 47 percent of its shots.  Missed free-throws down the stretch were costly, too. Read more…

Categories: Current Updates

Bracket Bits: Midwest Region

March 17, 2021 Leave a comment

Dave2015The Midwest Region features arguably the nation’s hottest team, Illinois, NET-rated darlings Houston and Loyola-Chicago, and an Oklahoma State team with this year’s potential top pick in the NBA Draft, Cade Cunningham.  Then there’s San Diego State, which arrives with its own 14-game winning streak.  Story lines come in bunches.

Favorite: Illinois
Next in Line: Houston
Darkhorse: Rutgers
The Scarlet Knights are battle tested and have a reasonable pathway to the Sweet 16 as it relates to matchups.  They open with Clemson, which can struggle to score at times, and Houston also prefers a physical type of basketball.  Whether or not Rutgers can knock down enough shots remains to be seen, but they can force turnovers, and if they do, it makes their offense come alive. Read more…

Categories: Current Updates

Bracket Bits: South Region

March 17, 2021 Leave a comment

Dave2015The South Region might be the deepest 16-team grouping when it comes to potential Final Four teams.  Let’s start with Baylor.  The Bears haven’t quite found their mojo since a lengthy Covid pause, but a couple of losses down the stretch might be extra motivation.  Ohio State held its place as a projected top seed for a couple of weeks, and both Purdue and Arkansas create matchup problems.

Favorite: Baylor
Next in Line: Ohio State
Darkhorse: Texas Tech
The Red Raiders lost two overtime games to Oklahoma State and one-point games to West Virginia and Kansas.  In other words, this is a team which could easily have been a 3-4 seed with a few breaks.  Perhaps those breaks materialize here in March.  On a quick side note, TTU won at LSU during the Big 12-SEC Challenge, and the Tigers are fresh off a victory over Arkansas, whom Tech might play in Round 2. Read more…

Categories: Current Updates

Bracket Bits: East Region

March 17, 2021 Leave a comment

Dave2015The East Region includes three teams who reached the top-line of the projected bracket at one point during the season: Michigan, Texas and Alabama.  One of the biggest question marks is the health of Michigan’s Isaiah Livers.  He is a difference maker for the Wolverines.  They won’t need him for game one, but could have issues with LSU in game two if the Tigers advance.

Favorite: Michigan
Next in Line: Alabama
Darkhorse: Maryland
The enigmatic Terrapins have some impressive victories, most notably at Illinois.  Eric Ayala and Darryl Morsell are big, athletic guards that can get to the rim and create havoc for opponents.  It’s really about defense, though.  When the Terps are dialed in, they are a tough out. Read more…

Categories: Current Updates