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Preseason Poll: No. 1 Seed Favorites

October 9, 2016 Leave a comment

Dave2015Welcome back!

College hoops is right around the corner.  Teams are practicing.  Tip-off is a mere month away.  Can March be far behind?

Okay, maybe that’s a bit dramatic, but here at Bracketville, hoops vacations are relatively short.  So … what better way to kick-off our 2016-17 campaign than a poll where you get to share your opinions about the early front-runners for No. 1 seeds.  Just know this … whether you’re a Duke fan or Blue Devil hater, we’ll be surprised if Coach K’s crew isn’t on a top seed line come Selection Sunday. Read more…

2016 Tourney: Ranking a power-heavy Elite 8

March 26, 2016 Leave a comment

Dave2015Given what we’ve seen this season, we shouldn’t be overly surprised to find a six and ten seed in the Elite 8.  We also shouldn’t be surprised to find six power-heavy teams.  At various points during the 2016 campaign, Kansas, North Carolina, Virginia, Oklahoma, and Villanova all grabbed spots along the No. 1 seed line.  Oregon was among the Top 8 for the better part of February and ended at No. 5 on our list.  They were the final No. 1 seed on the NCAA Board, which fits the theme.

If you believe in destiny (or maybe redemption), then you embrace Notre Dame and Syracuse.  The Irish needed a miraculous tip-in to beat Stephen F. Austin and a pair of late steals/turnovers to upend Wisconsin.  Syracuse was undoubtedly helped by an incredible performance from Middle Tennessee that ousted Michigan State in the opening round.  The Orange deserve all the credit for reaching the Regional Final; they beat the teams they faced.  We can say that and still acknowledge that reaching the Elite 8 required beating a seven seed, 15 seed, and 11 seed.  Good fortune is important in March.

So … heading into the Regional Finals, how would you rank the remaining eight teams?  Based on what I’ve seen the past two weeks, here’s my list: Read more…

Bracket Update: Zags go Dancing again

March 9, 2016 Leave a comment

Dave2015Sleep well, Spokane, Gonzaga is Dancing again.

Meanwhile, Saint Mary’s joins a growing list of at-large teams hoping there’s a ticket left when they reach the front of the line.  That list includes teams like Monmouth, Wichita State, and Valparaiso.  Their resumes are complete.  All they can do is wait and watch what unfolds around them.

Bracketology   |   Seed List

It could be an important day for Syracuse and Pittsburgh at the ACC tournament.  Florida State needs to win a few there as well.  USC and Oregon State will try to hold their positions via the Pac-12.  All-in-all, a busy day to hold serve or build momentum.  And it’s only Wednesday.

Enjoy the Madness.

Bubble Bits: Syracuse, Pitt tussle in ACC

March 8, 2016 Leave a comment

Dave2015It’s fair to say that neither Syracuse nor Pittsburgh is safely in the Field of 68, which makes Wednesday’s early tip at the ACC tournament worth following.  Although the Panthers won both regular season meetings against the Orange, the loser will be nervously awaiting their fate on Selection Sunday.

It’s especially timely given what we’ve seen thus far in Championship Week.  As potential bubble slots disappear, the value of every win increases.

Additional bubble action on Wednesday (March 9) ..

  • Washington (vs. Stanford) – The Huskies need a lengthy stay to get back in the conversation; they may need to win the Pac-12 tourney.
  • Georgia Tech (vs. Clemson) – First game of the ACC tourney for the Yellow Jackets who are back in the mix after winning 5 of 6 down the stretch.
  • USC (vs. UCLA) – Beating their rival may not be required, but it would certainly help ease the Trojans’ nerves. USC has lost 6 of 8 games, and a poor record away from home could become an issue.
  • Oregon State (vs. Arizona State) – While overall power numbers help the Beavers, they have not beaten a tournament team away from home. Losing to ASU a second time might not be the best message to leave the Committee.

Although likely above the bubble, it would still be nice to see Texas Tech beat TCU (Big 12) and Colorado beat Washington State (Pac 12).  A lot could still change between now and Saturday night.

Bracket Update: Long wait ahead for Monmouth

March 8, 2016 Leave a comment

Dave2015This year’s NCAA tournament bubble became that much more intriguing Monday night.  If you love drama, it’s shaping up to be an intense week.  In that past two days, we’ve seen Wichita State, Monmouth, and Valparaiso join the at-large pool as conference champions with legitimate at-large hopes.  That’s three additional resumes for the Selection Committee to review, dissect, and compare at their bunker in downtown Indianapolis.  How it all shakes out by Sunday afternoon is unknown.  What we do know is that it’s going to be a long wait for Monmouth, one of this year’s most talked-about teams.

Bracketology   |   Seed List

We touched on Wichita State yesterday; the Shockers are hoping a dominant run through the Missouri Valley, combined with a strong non-conference SOS and a win over Utah will hold up.  Valparaiso has a win at Oregon State, but probably needs a little more help.

Given the results of the past two days, there should be an even greater sense of urgency for those along the cutline.  If Wichita State and Monmouth both end up earning bids, there are two less slots available.

Bubble Bits: American fare on tonight’s menu

March 3, 2016 Leave a comment

Dave2015If you’re a fan of American fare – basketball fare – then it’s an important night on the NCAA hardwood.  Four of the league’s teams sit along the bubble’s cutline as we wind down the regular season.  Here’s a quick peek at games worth tracking tonight in advance of Friday’s bracket update:

Temple (vs. Memphis) – For a couple of weeks, the Owls have maintained their perch atop the American Conference standings.  Whether their resume is strong enough to hold up on the at-large board is very much in question. Losing at home to Memphis would make that answer easier – in the wrong way.

Connecticut (at SMU) – The home loss to Houston adds a little more importance to this one for the Huskies. A season sweep of the Mustangs would be a nice get.

Cincinnati at Houston – For a group that’s been hovering around the First Four, the Bearcats want to keep their momentum going.  As for the Cougars, their profile is much more iffy.  Beating UConn and Cincinnati in back-to-back games would create some additional interest at the league tourney. Read more…

Seed List update: St. Bonaventure, VCU slide into Field

March 3, 2016 Leave a comment

Dave2015For different reasons, St. Bonaventure and Virginia Commonwealth (VCU) join the Field of 68 in today’s Seed List update.  In the case of VCU, the Rams own the Atlantic 10 lead and thus have a reserved spot as an automatic qualifier (AQ).  As for the Bonnies, their win at Saint Joseph’s moved them ahead of Tulsa.  Alabama falls out following its home loss to Arkansas.  It’s worth noting that Tulsa was actually bumped by VCU regaining the AQ, as it took one at-large spot away.  It’s a good illustration of how the process works during Championship Week.

Seed List

Joining St. Bonaventure in the First Four: Butler, Cincinnati, and Michigan.  The four just above them (final byes) are Vanderbilt, USC, Oregon State, Connecticut.  The margin (if any) between these eight is very small.  It remains true: teams from the 7-line on down still have work to do to reach a safety zone.

The SEC tournament figures to be huge for Vanderbilt, Alabama, Florida, and LSU.  It’s unlikely that more than two from that group will make the final bracket.  On a similar note, the Atlantic 10 tourney could prove decisive for St. Bonaventure, VCU, George Washington, and even Saint Joseph’s.  Without a “bad” loss on their resume, the Hawks are in overall better shape, but if they were to lose to Duquesne and also their first A10 tourney game, it could get a little more interesting. We’ll see.