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Bracket Bits: An early look at the Bubble

January 12, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015We’re fanatics about college basketball, which means we get way too excited, at times, about things we probably shouldn’t – like talking about Bubble teams in early January.  Then again, we are who we are, right?

With that backdrop, let’s take an early – a way too early look  – at how Bubble Talk might appear if we opened up the curtain a smidgen this morning.  It’s a quick peek, nothing more. The real Bubble Talk resumes in early February. Read more…

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Bracket Bits: Five Top 25 NET-rated teams with resume questions

January 5, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015As an early-January exercise, it’s worth taking a look inside the resumes of a few highly-regarded teams based on current NET rankings, the updated tool the NCAA Selection Committee has donned for 2019.  I’ve picked five teams from the Top 25 this morning with varying resume questions.  Keep in mind, this isn’t about how “good” the teams might be, but rather about how their Team Sheet stacks up against their NET rating.  Here’s where we ended up …

NC STATE (13-1)
Ratings: NET (No. 11); KenPom (No. 20); BPI (No. 10); SOR (No. 15)
Inside the resume: The first thing that stands out on the Wolfpack’s Team Sheet is nine (9) home wins against Group 4 – meaning their effective record is a meager 4-1.  It’s also the reason why State’s NC SOS is around 340, which if the Pack struggle in ACC play, could give the Committee reason to pause.  The good news is a home win over Auburn and a neutral-court win over Vanderbilt.  Their other wins are Penn State and Miami, neither of which looks like an NCAA team.
Upcoming games: @North Carolina, Pittsburgh, @Wake Forest, @Notre Dame Read more…

Bracket Bits: An at-large outlook for mid-majors

December 27, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Will any mid-majors earn an at-large bid?
It’s been a rare occurrence in recent years, that’s for sure.  If you look outside the power conferences and their cousins in leagues like the Atlantic 10, American Athletic, and Mountain West, at-large berths to the NCAA tournament have been hard to find.  Look no further than last year’s Saint Mary’s squad that presented a 28-5 profile on Selection Sunday, only to be turned away by a Team Sheet that revealed only one Group 1 wins to go along with 16 wins against Group 4. (RPI was the NCAA’s sorting tool last year).

Given that backdrop, let’s provide an outlook for some mid-majors who hope to be under at-large consideration come Selection Sunday … Read more…

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…

Bracket Bits: Weekend’s Top 10 UTR Bracket Games

December 8, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015With a backdrop of Happy Holidays! resonating in the background, we welcome back Bracket Bits and a festive weekend of college hoops  – highlighted by Gonzaga vs. Tennessee at the Talking Sticks Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Zags are in the middle of a four game stretch that includes wins over Creighton and Washington, and features Sunday’s tip against the Volunteers, followed by a cross-country trip to North Carolina on December 15.  Somewhere, the NET is smiling.

While Zags-Vols may be the talk of the town, so to speak, it takes 36 at-large teams to complete a bracket.  With that in mind, here are my picks for the under-the-radar Top 10 Bracket Games this weekend … Read more…

Bracket Bits: Bubble brewing in the Big East

March 1, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015It wasn’t a particularly good night for the Big East.  Yes, the league’s top two teams won – Xavier bested Providence at home; Villanova survived at Seton Hall.  But those victories – while good for XU’s and Nova’s No. 1 seed hopes – also impacted the resumes of the Friars and Pirates.  Meanwhile, in New York, Butler lost in overtime to St. John’s – meaning the Bulldogs have lost to both Georgetown (home) and St. John’s (road) in their past four games.  All is not well, as they say.

Here’s a quick peek at the aforementioned Big East trio … Read more…

Bracket Bits: What’s next for Texas?

February 27, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015What’s next for Texas?  It’s an important question for the Longhorns, who fell to 17-13 (7-10 in Big 12) after losing at Kansas on Monday.  The loss – especially without Mo Bamba – was almost predictable, but it does create a scenario in which the Longhorns face a 14-loss campaign unless they win Saturday at home against West Virginia and sweep through the Big 12 tournament.  Neither of those options is guaranteed, or even likely.  So, what’s next for Texas?  There’s no definite answer until we see how the next two weeks play out.  At quick glance, it would be best for the Longhorns to find two more wins, however they arrive.

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