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…

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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.

Quick Takes: Gonzaga the new No. 1?

November 22, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Stuffed from its Maui feast, Gonzaga returns to the mainland with a victory over Duke and validation that another No. 1 seed in March is within its reach.  The question this Thanksgiving morning: Will the Bulldogs be No. 1 in the polls next week?

Not that it really matters right now – or ever, really.  Polls are fun and all, but largely meaningless when it comes to selection and seeding for the NCAA tournament.  So maybe the better question is actually: Will Gonzaga be No. 1 our next Seed List?  Right now, the answer would be yes.

Kansas and Tennessee play Friday in New York.  Should the Jayhawks beat the Volunteers, it would give KU victories over both Michigan State and Tennessee – which would be pretty good, too.  We’ll weigh the two resumes once the aforementioned results are complete. Read more…

Quick Takes: Duke rolls, Pac-12 rebounds

November 20, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Duke looked like the best team in Maui on Monday, rolling past San Diego State without much trouble.  Next up: Auburn, which needed overtime to dispatch a pesky group of Musketeers.  Maybe the Tigers were looking past Xavier.  Who knows?  Regardless, Auburn better up its game today.

Gonzaga could have been looking ahead, too, or maybe Illinois is a little closer to bouncing back than we thought.  The Illini’s frenetic pace forced the Zags into 22 turnovers, and sophomore Trent Frazier poured in 29 after missing the Georgetown game (concussion protocol).  We’re still up for a potential Gonzaga-Duke final in Maui.  Set your DVR just in case. Read more…

Quick Takes: Tough week for ‘Nova

November 18, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Tough week for Villanova.

It started with the Wildcats being run off their home floor by Michigan and concluded Saturday night with a home loss to Furman.  Which begs the question: What’s wrong with ‘Nova?

The quick answer is easy: Jalen Brunson, Mikal Bridges, Donte DiVincenzo, and Omari Spellman are no longer in uniform. Those guys left some big holes in the lineup.  It’s tough to replace their tenacity and leadership.  As coach Jay Wright noted in Street & Smith’s College Basketball Preview, understanding how to play “Villanova basketball” was going to be an inherit challenge – especially out of the gate.  “Early in the season, it might not look so pretty,” Wright mentioned.

To this point, it hasn’t.  But let’s also remember that we’re two weeks into a long college basketball season.  Read more…

Quick Takes: Hawkeyes soar in New York

November 17, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Two days ago we were oozing about Michigan’s thrashing of Villanova.  Not to be outdone by its Big Ten partner, Iowa cruised into New York and exited with not one – but two – victories, beating up on Oregon and Connecticut at the 2K Classic.  Two weeks in, it appears the Hawkeyes have found a little defense to go along with their potent scoring potential.  If that remains true, they have a chance to be in the B10 race come February.

Speaking of the B10 … it’s worth reiterating how well the league has started as a collective group.  Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, and Ohio State have all posted notable non-conference victories. Michigan State was right there with Kansas; Minnesota beat Utah.  There were eight B10 teams in the preseason bracket; if this keeps up, that number could easily be in play.  Regardless, the Big Ten – ACC Challenge sure looks tasty, doesn’t it? Read more…

Quick Takes: Hello, Michigan – and – B10

November 15, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Hello, Michigan.  Feeling a bit of revenge, perhaps?  Just a tad?

Whether last year’s NCAA Championship game was on their mind or not, the Wolverines put a beat-down on Villanova Wednesday night.  On the road, no less.  It was a mere 44-17 at the half.  Duke’s 34-point win over Kentucky still resonates, obviously, but the Wolverine’s result ranks pretty high on the early-season stunner meter.

The question now … how do both teams respond?

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