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Bracket Bits: Weekend’s top UTR matchups

December 14, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015The headliners are easy to find.  This weekend we get Villanova at Kansas and Gonzaga at North Carolina, among others.  Exciting stuff, for sure.  But we’re also blessed with a variety of less-neon-heavy matchups that could, come March, be equally important as teams compile resumes.  So, without further ado, here we go with this weekend’s picks for best UTR (Under-The-Radar) matchups ….

Tennessee at Memphis – Coming off an exciting, last-second victory over Gonzaga, the Volunteers head West on I-40 to take on what should be an energized group of Tigers.  Having dropped all of its “up” games to date, Memphis needs a major resume boost heading into AAC play in January.  Rivalry games are always good, but there could be a little extra juice in this one thanks to the current high in Knoxville. Read more…

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Bracket Bits: Weekend’s Top 10 UTR Bracket Games

December 8, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015With a backdrop of Happy Holidays! resonating in the background, we welcome back Bracket Bits and a festive weekend of college hoops  – highlighted by Gonzaga vs. Tennessee at the Talking Sticks Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Zags are in the middle of a four game stretch that includes wins over Creighton and Washington, and features Sunday’s tip against the Volunteers, followed by a cross-country trip to North Carolina on December 15.  Somewhere, the NET is smiling.

While Zags-Vols may be the talk of the town, so to speak, it takes 36 at-large teams to complete a bracket.  With that in mind, here are my picks for the under-the-radar Top 10 Bracket Games this weekend … Read more…

Quick Takes: Gators, Sooners toast New York

December 5, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Good vibes this morning in Gainesville and Norman.  Both the Florida Gators and Oklahoma Sooners toasted Madison Square Garden while exiting the Jimmy V Classic Tuesday night in New York.  It was a particularly nice win for Florida, which had started 0-3 against the best teams on its schedule, losing to Florida State, Oklahoma (oddly enough), and Butler.  Not that a victory over West Virginia is going to move any huge swamps right now, but it gives the Gators a little momentum heading to Saturday’s showdown with Michigan State. Read more…

Quick Takes: Gonzaga show road mettle

December 3, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Road wins.  The Holy Grail for college hoops teams.

So on this Monday, here’s to Gonzaga, among others.  The Zags exited Omaha on Saturday with a better-than-you-think victory over Creighton.  If the game were a first semester exam, Gonzaga passed with flying colors.  Coming off a Maui championship, and missing a couple of key players, the Zags could easily have let one get away without much fanfare.

Theme in mind, let’s also extend some notable kudos to Louisville, Arizona, Nevada, and Texas Tech.  All four posted true road wins this weekend, too.  You want to separate yourself for selection or seeding in March?  Pile up road victories. Read more…

Quick Takes: Michigan completes a perfect November

November 29, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015With its victory over North Carolina on Wednesday, the Michigan Wolverines completed a perfect November.  Big Blue hosts Purdue on Saturday, the first day of December.  Their 7-0 start includes a road victory at Villanova (by 27 points), a neutral-court win over Providence, and last night’s 17-point margin at home against the Tar Heels.  Consider this, too … if Michigan beats Purdue this weekend, the Wolverines will be heavy favorites to complete a perfect December – which means UM could be 13-0 heading into January.  Not a bad reprise for last year’s national runner-up. Read more…

Quick Takes: Tx-Southern strikes again

November 27, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Texas Southern has spent the opening four weeks of its college basketball season traveling the country collecting game checks.  It’s the accepted life of many low-major Division I programs.  The notable mention, here, is that along the way the Tigers have managed to cash in a couple of victories –  the first on opening night against Baylor in Waco, the second on Monday as the Tigers clipped Oregon in Eugene.  If you’re a fan of Arizona State, Georgia, or Texas AM, beware.  Texas-Southern is coming to a campus near you in December. Read more…

Seed List: Kansas edges Gonzaga for No. 1

November 24, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Last I checked, two is still greater than one.  Thus, when evaluating the No. 1 spot on this morning’s Seed List, Kansas edges Gonzaga.  The Jayhawks have neutral-court wins over both Michigan State and Tennessee.  Gonzaga has a that neutral-court win over Duke.  One can argue that Gonzaga’s win is “better,” but in a close call, KU has done a smidgen more.  As a nice consolation prize, the Zags sit at No. 2 – ahead of Duke and Nevada.  That would mean your No. 1 seed line would be … Kansas (Midwest), Gonzaga (West), Duke (East) and Nevada (South)

Seed List Update

The biggest climbers are Texas, Texas Tech, Arizona State, and Creighton within the current field, and teams such as Utah State, VCU, and Ole Miss in the Top 100.  Florida, Xavier, and TCU are among those moving in the opposite direction.

Nothing definitive yet, but the first in-season bracket could appear next weekend as we move into December.  Enjoy the rest of your Thanksgiving weekend.