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Quick Takes: Region by Region picks

March 16, 2022 Leave a comment

QuickTakesLet’s begin here: use the following information at our own risk.  With that caveat complete, here are my Quick Takes on each Region for the 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament …

WEST REGION

Favorite: Gonzaga. The Bulldogs enter as the No. 1 overall seed and rank first in three predictive metrics (Ken Pom, BPI, Sagarin).  Last year’s National Runner-Up has a great chance to return to the Final Four.
Dark Horse: Alabama.  Lest we forget that prior to SEC play, the Crimson Tide owned victories over Gonzaga, Baylor and Houston, when the Cougars were at full strength.  They have been inconsistent since January, but a resurgent hot streak isn’t out of the equation. Read more…

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Quick Takes: First Four Picks

March 15, 2022 Leave a comment

QuickTakesThe 2022 First Four begins tonight in Dayton with eight teams vying for four spots in the 64-team field.  After a canceled season in 2020 – and a season with games held only in Indianapolis in 2021 –  watching games at multiple locations in packed arenas rekindles great memories.  Let the Madness begin!

Here are my quick picks for the First Four:

TUESDAY: Texas Southern over Texas AM-CC
Texas Southern ranks 44 slots higher in the NET ratings and beat Florida in early December.  Predictive metrics also lean heavily in Southern’s favor – so I’m going with the Tigers to advance and face Kansas in Fort Worth. Read more…

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Bracket Watch: Gonzaga headlines Field of 68

March 13, 2022 Leave a comment

home-tournament-64-thumb.jpgWe’ve made it to Selection Sunday.  And to no one’s surprise, the Gonzaga Bulldogs lead the latest Field of 68, followed on the No. 1 seed line by Arizona, Kansas and Baylor.  The order became clear following Kentucky’s loss to Tennessee and the Jayhawks’ victory over Texas Tech in the Big 12 title game.

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Bracket Report: Kansas, Kentucky move up

March 12, 2022 Leave a comment

home-tournament-64-thumb.jpgOne more day.  That’s all that stands between us and Selection Sunday.  What a ride it’s been.  And we’re not done.  We could still lose three more at-large positions with Virginia Tech, Texas AM and a potential bid thief in the Atlantic 10 still in play.

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Kansas and Kentucky now control their paths to the No. 1 seed line.  With Baylor losing and Kansas advancing, the Jayhawks have likely garnered another top seed.  If Kentucky wins the SEC tournament, the final spot should belong to the Wildcats.  They may earn it either way – provided they beat Tennessee today in the SEC semifinals.  Baylor remains a strong option should UK slip. Read more…

Bracket Report: Long waits for Xavier, Wake Forest

March 10, 2022 Leave a comment

home-tournament-64-thumb.jpgWake Forest and Xavier exited Stage Left on Wednesday – opening the door for a host of other bubble teams who are taking the court today and Friday.  All Wake and XU can do now is wait – and it may not end well for either.  Until we see results additional results, both the Demon Deacons and Musketeers hold onto spots in the Field – slated to face each other in Dayton.  By 6:00 p.m. today – that could change.

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Notable bubble teams in action today:
Indiana vs. Michigan – The Wolverines might survive a loss; it’s much less likely for the Hoosiers.
Florida vs. Texas AM – Feels like an elimination game.
Oklahoma (vs. Baylor) – The Sooners need a run to the B12 title game.
Virginia Tech vs. Notre Dame – The Irish are among the Last 4 Byes, so this game matters to both.  In an odd way, Virginia Tech and Virginia can help Wake’s case.
Virginia (vs. North Carolina) – The Cavaliers survived Louisville, but have to beat red-hot Carolina.

Among No. 1 seed contendersArizona takes the court against Stanford.  The Wildcats are trying to garner a No. 1 seed in the South Region since it appears Gonzaga owns the West.