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Quick Takes: Saturday’s wild W’s and L’s

February 11, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Well, that was a wild Saturday!  We had some impressive victories – none more than Virginia Tech win at Virginia.  We also had some head-scratching losses – Providence dropping a home game to DePaul by double-digits?

One could spend hours trudging through the full, madness-filled day that was Saturday.  But this is Quick Takes, so here are a few of the most notable takeaways through the prism of winners and losers …

Saturday’s winners:

  • Virginia Tech’s win at Virginia tops the list.
  • Texas AM – watch out for the Aggies who appear to have righted their previously wayward ship.  They’ve won four straight after beating Kentucky on Saturday, which came after a win at Auburn.
  • North Carolina – took care of NC State on the road after beating Duke; thus, avoiding a let-down.
  • Michigan State – by beating Purdue, the Spartans are back in the Big Ten race.  They’ve also positioned themselves to be in the conversation for a top-two seed on Selection Sunday if they close with a flurry.
  • Oklahoma State and Baylor – the Cowboys won at West Virginia; Baylor beat Kansas. Both are back into the bubble picture again.
  • Gonzaga – exacted revenge by going on the road to beat Saint Mary’s.

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Bracketology: Villanova, Purdue lead Field

January 15, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015As the dust settles following another wild weekend of college hoops, Villanova and Purdue hold the top two positions on the Seed List.  Oklahoma now sits third, with West Virginia fourth.  This small shift from Friday allows for a quick regional re-assesmment.  Since the mileage for Purdue between Atlanta (South Region) and Omaha (Midwest) is negligible, and Oklahoma is much closer to Omaha than Atlanta, the Boilermakers shift to the South and Oklahoma the Midwest.  Could such a situation occur during final bracket development on Selection Sunday?  Sure.  Thus, it’s a perfect example to use today.

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Elsewhere, the bracket remains fluid.  This shouldn’t be a surprise in mid-January.  We’re still in the process of forming resumes, and conference schedules are not created equal – especially through a few games.  We are at the point, however, where such things as non-conference schedule strength becomes more relevant.  Baylor is today’s example.  The Bears’ boast a not-so-pretty NC SOS of around 280, which puts a drag on an otherwise okay profile.  Fortunately (or unfortunately, I suppose), the Big 12 will help, provided Baylor wins some games, especially away from home.

Quick Takes: Purdue building its resume

January 10, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Somewhat quietly, Purdue is building its resume.  The Boilermakers squeaked out a win at Michigan on Tuesday, adding another “Group 1” victory to its NCAA folder.  These things ebb and flow, but as of this morning, Purdue is 5-1 vs. Group 1, the most wins of any team against that metric on the NCAA’s new team sheets.  What’s more, all six of its Group 1 games have been away from home; three neutral, three on the road.  Impressive work.  Purdue began the week at No. 6 on the Seed List and could reach the top line by Friday.  While the Big Ten is down by past standards, the upper half of the league still has some good teams.   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: Baylor back at it again

November 22, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015One of these preseasons, I’ll learn.  Maybe.  Despite losses and questions, the Baylor Bears will make a favorable early impression and climb the Seed List.  Count on it.  I just need to leave my notes where I can find them next October.  Exhibit A: This year’s den of bear cubs, which started at No. 28 (final 7 seed) on our preseason list, vaulted up to No. 20 this morning (update not posted; Thanksgiving edition planned) after a rather fine trip to Kansas City.  The Bears head back to Waco with wins over Wisconsin and Creighton. Pretty good stuff, I’d say.  Next up? A couple of teams you may have heard of – Xavier and Wichita State.  If Baylor ends up 7-0 after those two (adding in the wins they just garnered), the Bears will have one of the best early resumes in the country.   Even a 1-1 finish puts them in great standing as December arrives.

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Quick Takes: Early sunshine in the Sun Belt

November 21, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015Early in the afternoon on Monday, the Ragin’ Cajuns of Louisiana upended Iowa at the inaugural Cayman Islands Classic.  Beyond the outcome itself, the victory was another early ray of sunshine for the Sun Belt Conference.  Just over a week into the season, Louisiana has its win over Iowa, UT-Arlington has a win at BYU, and Georgia-Southern has a win at Wake Forest and another over Missouri State, a favorite in the Missouri Valley.  How these early successes end up impacting future resumes remains to be seen, of course.  But it’s worth a mention, regardless.

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Bracketology: Tar Heels trek to top line

February 20, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015If today were Selection Sunday, and North Carolina was the ACC champion, the Selection Committee would likely be inclined to reward the Tar Heels with a No. 1 seed over a very good Baylor team whose profile is equally impressive but lacks a conference title. In the world of splitting hairs, we just did.  On that note, two interesting twists await.  First, UNC hosts Louisville on Wednesday, and the Cardinals are No. 6 on the Seed List.  If Louisville wins in Chapel Hill, the Cards could make a strong case for the top line on Thursday.  Second, the Tar Heels close with an incredibly tough slate, going to Pittsburgh and Virginia before finishing at home with Duke.  Baylor can easily play its way back up.

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In the race for No. 1 seeds, Villanova and Kansas are sitting in strong positions as the regular season comes to a close. Should Gonzaga finish unbeaten, it would hard to drop the Zags from their No. 1 perch in the West.  Which leaves, at least for now, one top seed up for grabs, and it could go any number of ways.

Another meh and blah weekend along the cutline.  Should we lose solid mid-major programs like Middle Tennessee State, UNC Wilmington, and say, Monmouth or Illinois State during their conference championships, the Committee will have to heavily weigh a bunch of mediocre power teams versus some solid programs who have fewer chances for marquee wins.