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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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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: 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…

Bracket Bits: Top 5 matchups of New Year’s weekend

December 28, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015New Year’s weekend is a cornucopia for college sports fans – bowl games on the turf and bracket games on the hardwood.  Whether because of rivalry or projected importance, here are my Top 5 matchups of New Year’s weekend …

Arizona State at Arizona (Saturday, Dec. 30) – The Pac-12 title could end up being decided by these in-state rivals.  ASU has been this season’s biggest surprise. Arizona stumbled out of the gate, but has since righted the ship, winning seven straight against teams that include UNLV, Texas AM, and Alabama.  Thus, the winner gets an early leg-up in what could be a two-horse Pac-12 race.  The return game in Tempe is February 15.  Circle that one, too. Read more…

Quick Takes: Injury impacts

December 19, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015Injuries are an unfortunate byproduct of sports.  College hoops is no exception.  Injuries take a toll on both the player and his team.  Arizona’s Allonzo Trier left Monday’s game against North Dakota State with what was deemed a bruised knee; let’s hope that’s all it is.  Texas is currently without leading scorer Andrew Jones (wrist); the Longhorns barely escaped Tennessee State.  We also learned that Texas AM will be without guard Admon Gilder for two or three weeks with a knee injury.  These and other situations will be monitored by the Selection Committee.

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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?

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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…