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Bracket Bits: Monmouth makes November count

November 29, 2015 Leave a comment

Dave2015As it relates to building a potential at-large resume, Monmouth certainly made November count.  Mid-majors have to take advantage of opportunities, and the Hawks ended the month with victories over UCLA, Notre Dame, and USC, the latter two as part of the Advocare Invitational in Orlando.  The Hawks only losses this month were at USC and to Dayton in Orlando – both quality opponents. Consider this, too:  Monmouth played all six of its November games away from home.

So what’s next for the Hawks?  How about back-to-back road games against Canisius and Niagara to open Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play.  Then, after a home opener with Wagner on December 13, Monmouth gets another resume opportunity against Georgetown on December 15.

It’s too early to make any March decisions, but Monmouth has put some notable wins on its resume.  Assuming the Hawks keep it going in MAAC play, they should be in the conversation for an at-large bid on Selection Sunday. We’ll see how it plays out. Read more…

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Seed List update: Geo Washington on the rise

November 21, 2015 Leave a comment

Dave2015With their opening week victory over Virginia, the George Washington Colonials are among the biggest movers in our first in-season Seed List update.  They jumped 50 spots from No. 77 to No. 27, which would make them a seven seed as the current Atlantic 10 favorite.

November 21 Seed List

A couple of things to keep in mind … 1) It’s very early; we’re only a week into the season … 2) teams will ebb and flow on the Seed List fluidly over the next couple of months.  It’s a balancing act between schedule played, quality wins, and even a bad or surprising loss.  We’ve seen several of those in the first few days of the college hoops season. Read more…

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Bracket Bits: Opening weekend takeaways

November 16, 2015 Leave a comment

Dave2015How about some upsets, incredible scoring, and a couple of quality road wins to highlight the opening weekend of college hoops?  We had them all.

A few quick takeaways …

Biggest upset: Western Illinois over Wisconsin. Although there were several options, the Leathernecks taking down the Badgers at the Kohl Center is tops here at Bracketville. For starters, Wisconsin rarely loses at home. Second, Western Illinois was 3-13 in the Summit League last year and 8-20 overall.  The Leathernecks were also picked to finish near the bottom of the Summit again in 2015.  Congratulations to coach Billy Wright and his WIU team for providing us one of the weekend’s biggest shockers.  Also considered … Radford over Georgetown, William & Mary over NC State, Monmouth over UCLA, Sacramento State over Arizona State, and Montana over Boise State.  We also considered North Florida over Illinois, but the Ospreys are a likely NCAA team and Illinois was a bit depleted by injuries. Read more…

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Bracket Bits: 5 opening weekend games with March in mind

November 13, 2015 Leave a comment

Dave2015All games matter, but not all results are equal.

If you’re a team that plays in a power conference you can survive an average (or even below average) non-conference slate and still earn an at-large bid.  Last year’s Purdue team is a good example. The Boilermakers dropped non-conference decisions to Kansas State, North Florida, Vanderbilt, and Gardner-Webb.  What Purdue was able to do, however, was win 8 of 9 Big Ten games during a mid-season stretch and finish 12-6 in league play en-route to a 9-seed in the Midwest Region.

If you’re a team from outside the power conferences, non-conference results become much more critical.  Opportunities for resume-changing wins are more limited. With that thought in mind, here are five opening weekend games with March in mind … Read more…

Preseason Bracket: Tar Heels lead march to Selection Sunday

November 10, 2015 Leave a comment

Dave2015The journey to March Madness begins Friday and the North Carolina Tar Heels open as the top overall seed in our preseason bracket projection.  Carolina is joined on the top line by Kentucky, Maryland, and Kansas.

With that out of the way, let’s acknowledge the preseason bracket for what it is.  A series of educated guesses.  Some guesses will be on target (or close) and others will miss their mark completely.  That’s the beauty of college hoops, much of what happens is unpredictable.

Preseason Bracket Projection – November 10, 2015 Read more…

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Preseason Seed List: North Carolina opens at No. 1

November 9, 2015 Leave a comment

Dave2015A year ago, Kentucky was a unanimous choice as the nation’s preseason No. 1 team.  With the 2015-16 campaign upon us, the top spot isn’t quite as clear-cut.  Some favor the Wildcats again, as John Calipari reloads for another run at the Final Four.  Others tab Maryland, loaded with experience and talent.  Both are projected No. 1 seeds on our preseason Seed List.  Who’s No. 1 at Bracketville?  North Carolina.

The Tar Heels are deep, talented, and experienced.  Whether that meshes into an appearance in the national title game remains to be seen, but if point guard Marcus Paige stays healthy, it’s hard to bet against the crew from Chapel Hill. Note: Marcus Paige will miss some early games with a broken hand, but long term, he should be fine and come March, UNC should be at full strength. Roy Williams’ team is blessed with a tall, athletic front line and gifted play-makers. If this group decides to defend consistently, the ceiling is a national title.

The other top-line spot belongs to Kansas.  Despite another strong batch of Big 12 teams – including Oklahoma and Iowa State – the Jayhawks are favored to win their 12th straight conference title, a truly amazing run.  As you’ll note on the Seed List, and in the preseason bracket, the top four teams arrive in this order … North Carolina (East), Kentucky (South), Maryland (Midwest), Kansas (West).

Preseason Seed List  |  Updates begin once the season starts Read more…

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Preseason: Projected Conference Champions

November 5, 2015 Leave a comment

Dave2015For what it’s worth, keep the number 13 in mind.

Why, you ask?

Just a little interesting sidebar: the 2015-16 season opens on Friday, November 13.  Selection Sunday is March 13.  Who knows, maybe it’ll be a good year for some No. 13s …  Angel Rodrigues (Miami), Matt Jones (Duke), Anthony Gill (Virginia), Patricio Garino (George Washington), Phil Forte (Oklahoma State), Henry Ellenson (Marquette), Isaiah Briscoe (Kentucky), or Winston Shepard (San Diego State), among others.

What we do know is that come Selection Sunday, 32 teams will punch their Dance Ticket as an automatic qualifier to the NCAA tournament.  Following is Bracketville’s list of projected conference champions (preseason edition) … Read more…

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