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Preseason: How would you rank the Mountain West?

October 20, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015How do you think the Mountain West season will play out?

Will Nevada succeed as the early league favorite?  Will this be a bounce-back season for San Diego State?  Will there be a new challenger?  Will Wyoming surprise?  Will Boise State, Colorado State or UNLV be a contender?  Will New Mexico be back in the mix?

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Preseason: How would you rank the A10?

October 19, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015How do you think the Atlantic 10 season will play out?

Will Rhode Island live up to expectations and claim the league title?  Who challenges the Rams?  The league has quite a few question marks.  Will VCU continue its recent NCAA tradition?  Will Saint Joseph’s returning group challenge for a title?  Will St. Bonaventure take another step?  How will new pieces fit together at Saint Louis?

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Preseason: How would you rank the American?

October 19, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015How do you think the American (AAC) season will play out?

Will Wichita State’s returning talent be enough for the Shockers to win a league title in their inaugural year?  Will a strong Cincinnati team claim the crown?  Will Central Florida (UCF) take another step toward an NCAA berth?  How will SMU fare given its lack of depth?  Will Temple or Connecticut regain footing atop the league?

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Preseason: How would you rank the SEC?

October 18, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015How do you think the SEC season will play out?

Will young, but talented Kentucky win another title?  Will Florida challenge Big Blue for the conference crown?  How will Texas AM and Arkansas rebound from last year?  Will Vanderbilt overcome some key losses?  Will Georgia put enough together to earn a bid on Selection Sunday?  How will a talented, new-look Missouri team fare under new leadership?

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Preseason: How do you rank the Pac-12?

October 18, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015How do you think the Pac-12 season will play out?

How confident are you in Arizona?  How seriously will Southern Cal (USC) threatened the Wildcats?  How will off-season investigations affect these two programs?  How will Oregon respond to key losses from last year?  How will UCLA fair after replacing Lonzo Ball and others?  Who will surprise this season?

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Quick Takes: 4 key Final Four questions

March 31, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015As North Carolina, Oregon, Gonzaga, and South Carolina complete final workouts in advance of Saturday’s Final Four, four key questions come to mind.  They are …

How healthy are Joel Berry ankles?  Given his game-winning shot against Kentucky, it would be tempting to look at Luke Maye’s bench production (12.5 ppg in NCAAs vs. 4.9 ppg in regular season) and wonder if he can sustain those numbers in Phoenix.  No question, North Carolina would like that to continue.  But the Tar Heels chances of reaching Monday’s title game and avenging last year’s loss hinge more on the health of Berry’s ankles.  How many minutes can he play?  How effective will he be?  Will his ankles be 70 percent? 80? We don’t know.  He may not either until he takes the court.  Standing between Carolina and another NCAA title are three solid defensive teams.  Oregon shut down Kansas, and South Carolina and Gonzaga are elite defensive groups.  As we saw against Duke in the ACC tourney, UNC can struggle when Berry’s off the floor. How healthy are Joel Berry’s ankles? The answer could well map out UNC’s final journey. Read more…

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Quick Takes: Five tasty weekend matchups

March 18, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015Between Thursday and Friday, three eleven seeds won.  We also had the usual 12 over 5-seed.  And yet, the first two days of the 2017 NCAA tournament feel rather chalky.  Maybe that’s because the twelve seed, Middle Tennessee State, was actually favored to win its matchup with Minnesota.  Also, were we surprised to see Xavier beat Maryland? Or Rhode Island trip up a less-than-healthy Creighton?  If there was a surprise, it’s USC.  The Trojans rallied from double-digit deficits twice, beating Providence in the First Four, and then SMU on Friday.

While the results might leave us a little hungry, the Round of 32 looks might tasty. My Quick Takes on the weekend’s top five matchups …

Gonzaga vs. Northwestern – We could rename this game: Ultimate Underdog vs. New Kids on the Block.  While Gonzaga is respected for its consistent excellence, the Bulldogs have never reached a Final Four and remain many people’s pick as first No. 1 seed to lose.  Thus, the pressure is squarely on the Zags, who struggled to score against South Dakota State (shooting 39 percent overall and 27 percent from 3).  The good news: Gonzaga no longer relies on its offense to carry the day.  Flipping the page, Northwestern might be the feel good story of the year. They survived a late rally by Vanderbilt to win their first-ever NCAA tournament game in their first-ever appearance. And who doesn’t enjoy those sidelines shots of Doug Collins and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, right? Read more…

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