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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.

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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?

Seed List

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…

Arizona, Duke remain 1-2 on Seed List

November 18, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015Overall, a fun opening week on the hardwood for college hoops.  With a victory over Michigan State in Chicago, one could argue that Duke has the “best” win of the young season.  Is that reason enough to vault the Blue Devils over Arizona on the Seed List?  It could be, but for now I’m keeping Arizona-Duke in the same order in which they started. The Wildcats have won their first three games by an average of 30 points.

Seed List Update

Michigan State remains at No. 3 and Kansas at No. 4; meaning no changes to the top line.  Hard to ding the Spartans for a close loss to a team ranked a spot higher, and KU won its matchup with UK.  Villanova, Kentucky, Wichita State, and USC follow the top four. Read more…

Preseason Bracket: Arizona, Duke headline Field

November 4, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015The best part of compiling a preseason bracket? Another college basketball season is about to begin.  The worst part? No games have been played.  No data points collected.  No wins or losses.  Nothing to compare and contrast. For the most part, the bracket comes down to speculation, expectation, and some good ole’ fashioned guess work.

Preseason Bracket Projection

Here’s what we think we know: Arizona, Duke, Michigan State, and Kansas are among a handful of teams expected to be good enough to challenge for No. 1 seeds … the Southeastern Conference (SEC) should be much improved, top to bottom …  so should the American, especially with the addition of Wichita State …. the top of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is loaded again, even if the depth of the league has some unanswered questions … and, then there’s the Big East, where Villanova remains the favorite, but strong competition lurks in more than a few places. Read more…

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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…

Quick Takes: Re-evaluating Arizona and Creighton

January 22, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015Allonzo Trier returned from suspension on Saturday and the Arizona Wildcats looked the part of a potential No. 1 seed while beating UCLA on its home floor.  In its first game with Maurice Watson, Jr., Creighton fell at home to Marquette, giving up over 100 points to the Golden Eagles.  These are single games on each team’s resume.  But two important questions arise for Selection Committee members:  How do they evaluate Arizona (with Trier back) and Creighton (with Watson, Jr. out for the season)?

The first consideration is two-fold. One, Trier was suspended, not injured.  Thus, Arizona’s resume will stand on its merits – meaning the Wildcats will likely not receive consideration for Trier’s absence in their two losses (Butler, Gonzaga).  Two, Watson, Jr. is injured, sadly, and will miss the rest of the season.  Thus, Committee members will have to evaluate Creighton’s performance from here to Selection Sunday.  They’ll have a month or so monitor the Bluejays as it relates to possible seeding. Read more…

Quick Takes: Oregon finding its Mojo

December 31, 2016 Leave a comment

Dave2015In early November, we contemplated when Dillon Brooks would return and how good the Oregon Ducks might be without him.  He returned in Maui, during a loss to Georgetown.  Since then, the Ducks have won 11 straight, including a home sweep of UCLA and USC, both of whom arrived in Eugene without a loss.  It appears that Oregon is finding its Mojo at the perfect time.  If they can navigate a trip through Washington next week, the Ducks could be 7-0 in the Pac-12 heading into road trips to Utah and Colorado.  With Brooks back, Oregon’s position as a protected seed in March looks pretty safe.

Arizona is also hot, winning 10 of 12, with those two losses being to Butler and Gonzaga. And it’s worth noting the Wildcats are doing it without Allonzo Trier, arguably their most talented player.  We still don’t know if, or when, he’ll return.  Final note on the Pac-12 … it’s looking like a four-bid league right now.  The question is whether a team like California or Colorado (or someone else) can join the conversation. Read more…