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Bracketology: Baylor moves back to the top line

January 24, 2022 Leave a comment

Dave2015Following back-to-back road wins against West Virginia and Oklahoma – combined with Wisconsin’s home loss to Michigan State – the Baylor Bears reclaim their spot on the top line in our latest bracket update.  Baylor is 7-1 against Quad 1 and a perfect 5-0 in road games.

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Given BYU’s placement requirements, and a jumble of Big 12 teams in the middle of the bracket, BYU and Texas earn procedural bumps to the 7-line.  While the Committee tries to avoid these types of scenarios, required bracketing principles trumped the true seed list.

QT: Big 12 title race now three teams wide

January 12, 2022 Leave a comment

QuickTakesIf you’re a spotter on the oval, the Big 12 title race went three teams wide following Texas Tech’s win at Baylor on Tuesday.  Fresh off a home victory over Kansas, the Red Raiders pulled alongside the Bears and Jayhawks heading toward the next turn.  While TTU has a quirky resume (all but one of its games are either Quad 1 or Quad 4), beating KU and Baylor in a span of four days is impressive.  Following three losses in four games, Iowa State is slightly behind, but let’s not dismiss the Cyclones, either.  We have a long way to go.

Switching to NASCAR central, Auburn beat Alabama in Tuscaloosa. The Tigers are likely headed for a No. 1 seed in the next bracket; their lone loss is in overtime to Connecticut in November.

Additional Quick Takes …

  • Kansas needed every second to hold off Iowa State in Lawrence.
  • The other unbeaten, USC, lost at Stanford.  The Trojans’ profile is hard to manage.  Why?  USC’s best wins are currently San Diego State and Washington State.
  • Illinois avoided a tough loss at Nebraska, scoring 50 points in the second half.
  • Texas AM moved to 13-2 overall after beating Ole Miss.  Following a potentially tricky trip to Missouri, the Aggies get Kentucky at home, followed by road trips to Arkansas and LSU.
  • It feels like every team in the ACC – other than Duke – is on the bubble.  Florida State edged Miami in Tallahassee after taking care of Louisville last week.  Next up:  FSU hosts Duke and plays three of four on the road.

Bracketology: Baylor opens 2022 at No. 1

January 1, 2022 Leave a comment

Dave2015Happy New Year – with a new bracket!  Baylor opens 2022 at No. 1 on the Seed List.  Duke, Arizona and Purdue also hold their respective positions as region frontrunners.

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With conference play underway in most leagues, Saint Joseph’s (A10) and Boise State (Mountain West) earn Automatic Bids this morning, along with Louisville (ACC).  Those updates created a few changes around the cutline.  While it’s unlikely we’ll see St. Joe’s in the bracket come Selection Sunday, the process reflects the upsets we often do see – which end up taking a spot from someone else.

Huge weekend of college hoops.  The countdown to Selection Sunday is officially upon us.

Bracketology: Baylor, Arizona top overall seeds

December 18, 2021 Leave a comment

Dave2015Ahead of a busy weekend in college hoops, Baylor and Arizona lead the latest Field of 68.  The other No. 1 seeds this morning: Duke and Purdue.  Unbeaten Iowa State was also considered for the top line, followed by Gonzaga, Kansas and Xavier.  The Musketeers have a better-than-you-think resume.

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Elsewhere, the latest NET ratings love LSU and USC.  At this point, however, high-end wins are lacking.  Villanova has shot it poorly in its past two games and been soundly beaten by Baylor and Creighton.  As a result, the Wildcats are one of this morning’s most notable Seed List drops.

Not surprisingly, the middle and lower-end of the bracket – along with those along the cutline – is jumbled and the difference between teams in miniscule.  Enjoy your weekend!

Quick Takes: Duke topples Gonzaga, Iowa State wows in Brooklyn

November 27, 2021 Leave a comment

QuickTakesEasy headlines for the latest Quick Takes: Duke beats Gonzaga, two teams that could end up at the Final Four in New Orleans.  And … Iowa State wows in Brooklyn.

Let’s start with Duke. The Blue Devils added another major asset to their non-conference resume; they opened with a victory over Kentucky.  Next up: Ohio State in the B10-ACC challenge.  An overlooked stat from Friday night?  Duke induced Gonzaga into 17 turnovers.  Those extra possessions and an eight-point edge at the free throw line helped account for the final margin.  Truth be told, neither team fared particularly well at the charity stripe.  Whether that’s a short or long-term issue remains to be seen.

Now, for Iowa State.  Picked to finish near the bottom of the Big 12, the Cyclones arrived in Brooklyn without much fanfare.  Best win was a quickly-fading Oregon State outfit.  ISU left the Big Apple with impressive victories over Xavier and Memphis – by a combined 31 points.  Can the Cyclones sustain their early success?  We’ll find out together.  But it’s a great start, nonetheless.   In early December, ISU travels to Creighton and hosts Iowa.  Win those, and the Cyclones should be 12-0 heading into a January 1 matchup with Baylor. Read more…