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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…

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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…

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…