Seed List: Duke moves to No. 1

November 23, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015With victories over Cal and Georgetown at the 2K Empire Classic in New York, Duke’s resume slides past Louisville and moves the Blue Devils to No. 1 overall on the Seed List.  Duke also owns an opening-night win over Kansas on the same Madison Square Garden court.  Maybe it’s the newest incarnation of Cameron Indoor?

Seed List

The rest of the top line remains the same: Louisville, Michigan State and Kansas.  If we were assigning regions, it would look like this … Duke (East), Louisville (Midwest), Michigan State (South) and Kansas (West).

Ohio State, Oregon, Gonzaga and North Carolina are next in line.  The biggest climbers in the past week: Penn State, Georgetown, Connecticut and Temple.  Evansville, Alabama and South Carolina are among those sliding.  All of that noted, we still have several teams who have yet to leave the confines of their home floor and/or play an opponent that provides an insight into where the team stands.  Feast Week provides many of those teams an opportunity to clarify.

Quick Takes: Hoyas look the part against Texas

November 22, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015Georgetown played its best half of the season and looked the part of an NCAA tournament team while pulling away from Texas at Madison Square Garden.  Mac McClung led four Hoyas in double-figures with 19 points, and G’Town won despite limited minutes from Omer Yurtseven, who was saddled with foul trouble.  Just as important, the victory sets up match-up tonight against Duke in the 2K Empire Classic Championship.

A follow-up question might be … How good is Penn State?  The Nittany Lions rolled the Hoyas, 81-66, a week ago in DC.  We’ll see how both advance.

Much of the other action on Thursday went as planned, setting up some tasty pre-holiday matchups today in Charleston and Myrtle Beach – including Villanova vs. Mississippi State, Florida vs. Miami and Xavier vs. Connecticut. Read more…

Quick Takes: Catapulting toward March

November 20, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015It’s November, but if we catapult ahead to March, it’s easy to see why Anthony Lamb and Vermont might be this year’s version of must-see TV during the first Thursday or Friday of March Madness®.  Lamb put up 30 points against Virginia Tuesday night, carrying his Catamounts to a near-upset of the Cavaliers in Charlottesville.  For context, UVA gave up a total of 34 points to the entire Syracuse team at the Carrier Dome on opening night.

With a win at St. John’s in tow – thanks to Lamb’s last-second heroics – Vermont gets another chance to build its at-large resume during a trip to Cincinnati on December 3.  They also host UNC-Greensboro on December 18.  It’s way too early to think about the bubble, but if Vermont puts together a Belmont-esque resume by Selection Sunday, it’ll be interesting to see how things work out should the Catamounts fall in the America East tournament. Read more…

Quick Takes: Early concerns for Florida?

November 18, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015The Florida Gators are four games into a long season; it’s too early to panic.  Too early to be a little concerned?  Maybe not.

Sunday’s loss at Connecticut positions the Gators at 2-2 heading into the Charleston Classic on Thursday.  Their two wins are against North Florida and Towson, and the Gators needed every minute to escape the Tigers in Gainesville.

Beyond the record, it’s the numbers.  Through four games, Florida has made just 38.4 percent of its field goals and 24.1 percent of its three-point attempts.  They are averaging more turnovers (11.8) per game than assists (10.8).  The Gators look completely out of sync. Read more…

Quick Takes: Vols look good, take down Washington

November 17, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015Behind 34 points from Jordan Bowden and Lamonte Turner, Tennessee looked good in its first strong test of the season, taking down Washington in Toronto.  Balanced in their attack, the Volunteers featured four double-digit scorers and collected 19 assists on 25 field goals.

We’ve got a lot of basketball ahead, but Saturday’s win over the Huskies should be a confidence boost for a Vols team that graduated significant scoring in the form of Jordan Bone, Admiral Schofield and Grant Williams.  Looking forward, Tennessee has four more non-conference tests before January: Florida State, Memphis, Cincinnati and Wisconsin.

No major concerns for Washington. The Huskies are young, so some inconsistency is expected.  Grabbing a split between Baylor and Tennessee is solid, and UW’s schedule sets up for a nice run until a December 8 matchup with Gonzaga. Read more…

Seed List: Cards dealt to top of deck

November 16, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015With Michigan State and Kentucky both dropping early games, our first in-season Seed List update finds the Louisville Cardinals dealt the No. 1 overall hand.  The next three in line as No. 1 seeds: Duke, Michigan State and Kansas.  If you were assigning regions it would look like this … Louisville (Midwest), Duke (East), Michigan State (South), Kansas (West).

Seed List update

Louisville impressed in its opening road win at Miami, then cruised to a pair of home wins, most recently over Indiana State.  Looking ahead, the Cards schedule stays light until a four-game swing at the end of November and early December that includes Western Kentucky, Michigan, Pittsburgh and Texas Tech in succession.

Ohio State vaults to the two-line with early wins over Cincinnati and Villanova.  Other notable climbers include Washington, Texas, Oklahoma, San Diego State and Missouri within the Field of 68.  Those trending down include Davidson, Alabama and Providence.

Quick Takes: Myles Powell impresses, Florida survives

November 15, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015In a word, what Myles Powell did Thursday night against Michigan State was … impressive.  Powell poured in 37 points and looked every bit the part of a Player-of-the-Year candidate.  All while nursing a reported high ankle sprain.

Cassius Winston was good, too.  He led the Spartans with 21.  But the story of the night for MSU was the impromptu arrival of freshman Malik Hall, who scored 17 points in 19 minutes while posting a perfect shooting night (7-7 from the field, included 3-3 beyond the arc).  For what it’s worth, the Spartans looked the part of a No. 1 seed by forging a tough road win in a hostile environment against a high-level opponent.  Read more…