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Seed List: Arizona State reaches top line

December 12, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015Arizona State has earned its position on the No. 1 seed line.  After beating Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse on Sunday, the Sun Devils’ list of non-conference scalps includes these additional names: Xavier, St. John’s, Kansas State, and San Diego State.  Of those, only SDSU came at home.  More likely than not, ASU will be 12-0 heading into its Pac-12 opener at Arizona on December 30.

Seed List update

Villanova now sits at No. 1, followed by Michigan State, Duke, and the aforementioned Sun Devils.

Teams moving up include Xavier, Seton Hall, West Virginia, Florida State, and Arizona (after its rough start in the Bahamas).  Teams falling include Florida, Cincinnati, Minnesota, UCLA, and USC.  The Trojans have dropped from a preseason No. 2 seed all the way to the cutline.  While it’s doubtful the talented Trojans will stay there, they are 0-3 vs. the currently-projected NCAA-level teams on their schedule.

 

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Quick Takes: Eyes on the Seminoles

December 5, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015Eyes on the Seminoles.  Florida State added a huge road win to its resume on Monday, beating rival Florida in Gainesville behind a career-high 25 points from Terance Mann.  There are wins that stick with teams – and this one qualifies.  It also backs up a true road win at Rutgers in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

As it relates to FSU’s early profile, Florida was – by far – the Seminoles best chance for a marquee non-conference victory.  The only other game of note appears to be Oklahoma State.  Which makes Monday’s victory that much more relevant.

Other Quick takes from Monday … Read more…

Quick Takes: Boise State on the move

December 2, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015If you missed it late Friday night, Boise State arrived in Eugene, Oregon and left with a road victory over the Ducks.  Jot that down in your notebook.  A road win against a power conference opponent has staying power.  It also helps the Mountain West Conference as a whole.  With the Big Ten flailing, a couple of additional bracket slots could be open in March.  Thus, if teams like Nevada, UNLV, San Diego State, and Boise State build worthy profiles – especially outside the league – they can be in contention for those at-large positions.

MWC opportunities continue to knock, too.  Before league play begins …

UNLV gets Arizona and Illinois …. Nevada gets cracks at Texas Tech and TCU (and already has a win over Rhode Island) … San Diego State gets Gonzaga (already has a win over Georgia) … and Boise still travels to SMU. Read more…

Quick Takes: Duke building a top seed resume

November 27, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015We’re two weeks into the college basketball season and Duke is well on its way toward another No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.  The Blue Devils’ early resume includes neutral court wins over Michigan State, Texas, and Florida.  Considering that MSU and Florida should both end up as high seeds themselves, that’s impressive – especially given the youth on Duke’s roster.  Marvin Bagley III is as good as advertised – maybe better.   And the Blue Devils will only improve as the season progresses, or one would think.  If you’re a Duke fan, your team’s tournament road through Charlotte and Atlanta (South Region) is looking like a pretty good wager.

Other Quick Takes from Sunday: Read more…

Quick Takes: Arizona lost in Atlantis

November 24, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015Whether its the palm trees, soft sand, or clear waters, the Arizona Wildcats look a little lost in Atlantis.  A preseason No. 1 seed, UA has dropped back-to-backers against NC State and SMU.  Neither is bad, per se, as both are potential tournament teams, but still unexpected.  Yes, Rawle Alkins remains out with an injury, but Arizona is far from depleted with Allonzo Trier and Deandre Ayton on the court.  If there’s any good news, head coach Sean Miller said yesterday the early losses might end up being helpful because everyone was telling them how good they are.  We’ll see if that’s true.  Today, Arizona gets Purdue.  One of those two squads will leave Atlantis 0-3. Think about that for a moment.

Other Thanksgiving Quick Takes: Read more…

Thanksgiving Seed List: Duke now No. 1

November 23, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015Perhaps the Blue Devils should have been No. 1 on the Seed List after beating Michigan State.  Now, there’s no question.  North Carolina State beat Arizona on Friday in what turned out to be a wild opening day at the Battle 4 Atlantis.  That opened up the top slot for Duke.  The only question now: Will the Blue Devils give it back?

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Back to the Bahamas: Tennessee’s overtime victory over Purdue, along with Northern Iowa’s tipping of SMU, leaves the Atlantis bracket a bit befuddled.  As it relates to today’s update, those neutral-court wins for NC State and UT provided significant vaults.  Winning against quality teams away from home has that effect – especially this early when resumes lack depth. Read more…

Quick Takes: Rocket start for Toledo

November 19, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015How about the start for Toledo?  The Rockets opened their season by beating Saint Joseph’s (Atlantic 10), and followed it up Saturday with a victory over Horizon League favorite Oakland.  Neither of those wins will shake the rafters, per se, but they are solid nonetheless.  The Mid-American Conference (MAC) race appears wide open, and thus far, Toledo has the notched the league’s best two wins.  Up next for the Rockets? A trip to Syracuse.  Opportunity knocks (again).

Other Quick Takes from Saturday: Read more…