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Preseason: Familiar names top Seed List

November 4, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015As we embark on another journey toward Selection Sunday, our preseason leader in the clubhouse is … Arizona.  Despite some off-season turmoil, the Wildcats have their sights set on a Final Four appearance in San Antonio.  Who joins them as projected No. 1 seeds? How about these Blue Bloods: Duke, Michigan State, and Kansas.

Preseason Seed List

You can debate the order.  Some prefer Duke or Michigan State in first place.  Solid cases can be made for both.  As for the Jayhawks, they keep reloading, favored to win yet another Big 12 crown.  Will all four reach the Final Four?  History suggests otherwise.  There are simply too many variables, especially during a one-and-done tournament.  But each team has the roster, coaching, and cache to make the final weekend of college hoops. Read more…

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Quick Takes: First Four Picks …

March 14, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015While the Noon tip on Thursday will always feel like the true beginning of March Madness, we’ve seen some really good First Four games in recent years.  If nothing else, after a full day without any college hoops, it’s time to rekindle the fire.  It’s going to be a great three weeks. The NCAA tournament rarely disappoints.

I’ll share my full bracket picks on Wednesday, with this caveat: they are for entertainment purposes only.  I’m no better at picking actual tournament games than anyone else.

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Bracketology: Villanova earns No. 1 overall seed

March 12, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015Selection Sunday is here. Tonight, the Selection Committee will reveal its 2017 NCAA tournament bracket.  While there will be a healthy debate about whether Duke’s late-season run should vault them onto the No. 1 seed line, what we do know – or at least believe – is that reigning champ Villanova will be the No. 1 overall seed.

Bracketology  |   Seed List

For now, North Carolina remains the top seed in the South Region.  It may change this afternoon.  Either way, your top line figures to end up with Villanova (East), Kansas (Midwest), North Carolina/Duke (South), Gonzaga (West).

With league favorites winning most of their conference tournaments, potential bid thieves have largely been eliminated.  The biggest bubble debate figures to be centered around Syracuse.  Will the Orange’s high quality wins outweigh its losses, record-high RPI, and poor record away from the Carrier Dome?  That’s something we won’t know for sure until tonight.

Bracketology: Duke looks dangerous

March 11, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015As the final seconds ticked away in Brooklyn on Friday night, Duke celebrated a victory over rival North Carolina.  With it, the Blue Devils may also have secured the No. 2 seed in the East Region behind Villanova.  They certainly look dangerous.  Arizona tripped UCLA in the Pac-12, setting up a rematch with Oregon.  The winner will likely be the No. 2 seed out West.

Bracketology   |   Seed List

Vanderbilt continues its climb and could become the first at-large team with 15 losses, assuming they fall short in the SEC tourney.  Elsewhere on the bubble, teams like Kansas State, Wake Forest, USC, and Illinois State must sit and watch; their resumes complete.  Pay special attention to the Atlantic 10 semifinals.  Rhode Island is close to grabbing a spot, and two potential bid thieves lurk opposite the sets of Rams (URI, VCU).  Today, it’ll be time to re-scrub the seed list again as more resumes fill up.

Quick Takes: Moving Day in college hoops

March 9, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015If you’re a golf fan, you’ll understand the reference to Moving Day. Moving Day in a Major tournament is Saturday.  It’s the day when golfers position themselves for the final round on Sunday.  Today is a Moving Day in college hoops.

Bracketology   |   Seed List

Bubble teams Kansas State, Illinois, Iowa, California, and Vanderbilt- among others – take the court with a lot on the line.  The same can be said, potentially, for Xavier, and even USC, although both helped themselves by avoiding a bad loss on Wednesday.  Elsewhere, middle of the bracket teams like Michigan and Northwestern look to solidify their positions. Read more…

Quick Takes: Big day for Bubble teams

March 8, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015It’s an especially big day for Bubble teams: Syracuse, Wake Forest, and Clemson take the floor at the ACC tourney in Brooklyn.  It’s also the day when California and USC open Pac-12 tournament play, and Xavier gets a renewed matchup with DePaul in the opening round of the Big East.

Bracketology   |   Seed List

Then there’s Illinois State.  The Redbirds must sit and watch as action around them continues. Tomorrow, Illinois and Iowa try to make a final push at the Big Ten tourney. Friday, Rhode Island opens A-10 play.  It’s a worthy reminder than none of these games occur in a vacuum.  Each result has to be measured in context. Read more…

Quick Takes: ACC bubble picture

March 7, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015Three Atlantic Coast Conference bubble teams Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, and Clemson take to the court today in Brooklyn.  For Georgia Tech and Clemson, their ACC journeys probably need to last until at least Friday.  Wake begins with Boston College, an outcome that doesn’t necessarily help, but could certainly hurt. Tomorrow, Syracuse takes its turn, with a first-round match-up against Miami.

Here a Quick Peek at each …

Wake Forest (RPI: 32 |  SOS: 12  |  SOR: 33) – The Demon Deacons helped themselves immensely by beating Louisville (home) and Virginia Tech (road) to close the season.  They have nine (9) Top 100 wins and nothing resembling a bad loss.  If there’s a dent on the resume it’s this: the Deacons are still 3-8 against the best teams on their schedule.  Simply avoiding a loss to Boston College might be enough.  Beating Virginia Tech again would make life a bit easier on Sunday. Read more…