Posts Tagged ‘Bracketology’

Quick Takes: Florida stuck in a swamp

December 7, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015There was a dominating win over Stanford, an overtime thriller over Gonzaga, and a close loss to top-seeded Duke.  That was Florida’s resume following the PK-80 event in Portland   Since then?  The Gators have dropped a less-than-competitive game to rival Florida State, and ended up on the wrong side of the scoreboard again Wednesday against Loyola-Chicago.  Both at home.  Sure, the Ramblers were considered a preseason contender in the Missouri Valley, but given how the Gators looked a couple of weeks ago, no one thought they would amble out of the O-Dome with a victory.  Especially with UF coming off back-to-back losses.  The Gators’ three-point shooting and defense has been stuck in a swamp since returning to the Sunshine State.

Next up for Florida? A visit from angry Cincinnati.  If you thought Florida-FSU was intense, you missed UC’s loss to Xavier.  The Bearcats will be ready for a battle.  Florida better be, too.

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Quick Takes: Eyes on the Seminoles

December 5, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015Eyes on the Seminoles.  Florida State added a huge road win to its resume on Monday, beating rival Florida in Gainesville behind a career-high 25 points from Terance Mann.  There are wins that stick with teams – and this one qualifies.  It also backs up a true road win at Rutgers in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

As it relates to FSU’s early profile, Florida was – by far – the Seminoles best chance for a marquee non-conference victory.  The only other game of note appears to be Oklahoma State.  Which makes Monday’s victory that much more relevant.

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Quick Takes: Boise State on the move

December 2, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015If you missed it late Friday night, Boise State arrived in Eugene, Oregon and left with a road victory over the Ducks.  Jot that down in your notebook.  A road win against a power conference opponent has staying power.  It also helps the Mountain West Conference as a whole.  With the Big Ten flailing, a couple of additional bracket slots could be open in March.  Thus, if teams like Nevada, UNLV, San Diego State, and Boise State build worthy profiles – especially outside the league – they can be in contention for those at-large positions.

MWC opportunities continue to knock, too.  Before league play begins …

UNLV gets Arizona and Illinois …. Nevada gets cracks at Texas Tech and TCU (and already has a win over Rhode Island) … San Diego State gets Gonzaga (already has a win over Georgia) … and Boise still travels to SMU. Read more…

Quick Takes: Big Ten takes a beating

November 30, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015Michigan State and Notre Dame wrap up the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in East Lansing tonight, but the results are already clear:  As a league, the Big Ten is a step behind.  Furthermore, the optics of the ACC’s lopsided margin lead us to another question?  How many Big Ten teams will reach the NCAA tournament?

There is no definitive answer three weeks into a four-month journey, but it was nonetheless a lost week for most of the Big Ten.  As of this morning, Michigan State, Minnesota and Purdue remain strong candidates.  After that?  Yeah, that’s the issue.  I’m not suggesting the Big Ten will be a three-bid league, but at the moment it’s equally tough to imagine another eight-bid campaign.

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Quick Takes: Duke building a top seed resume

November 27, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015We’re two weeks into the college basketball season and Duke is well on its way toward another No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.  The Blue Devils’ early resume includes neutral court wins over Michigan State, Texas, and Florida.  Considering that MSU and Florida should both end up as high seeds themselves, that’s impressive – especially given the youth on Duke’s roster.  Marvin Bagley III is as good as advertised – maybe better.   And the Blue Devils will only improve as the season progresses, or one would think.  If you’re a Duke fan, your team’s tournament road through Charlotte and Atlanta (South Region) is looking like a pretty good wager.

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Quick Takes: Minnesota-Bama and PK-80 showdowns

November 26, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Minnesota found itself playing five on three (yes, 5 on 3) to close out its game against Alabama.  And nearly found a way to lose its lead.  You’ve probably seen video and read the story, but if not, read and watch more here (per ESPN).  Crimson Tide freshman Collin Sexton scored 40 points and got ‘Bama within three before the final margin (89-84) was etched in the books. Crazy.  I’ve seen a triangle-and-two defense before; not sure I’ve ever seen a triangle-and-none.

Somewhere down the road, the Selection Committee might be reviewing game results and come across this interesting twist.  Minnesota earned a neutral-court win; Alabama a close loss.  But the final score doesn’t tell the story.  Chance are, this will be a game neither team needs to make the NCAA tournament.  Could it affect seed line?  It may never come up, but if it does, it would be fun to be a fly on the wall in the Committee room.

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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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