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Quick Takes: NC State throttles Duke, ugly nights for UC, ‘Bama

February 20, 2020 Leave a comment

Dave2015Opportunity knocked in Raleigh on Wednesday, and NC State seized the moment by throttling Duke.  The victory helps offset an untimely loss to Boston College on Sunday and keeps the Wolfpack squarely in the at-large conversation with Florida State due in town on Saturday.  Adding a win over the Seminoles would further enhance NCSU’s profile heading into the season’s final two weeks.

If there’s a pause, the BC game serves as a perfect backdrop.  The Wolfpack have proven to be enigmatic, having also been swept by Georgia Tech (and losing to UNC).  As for Duke, the Blue Devils head home to face Virginia Tech. Read more…

Bracketology: Valentine hearts for Cincinnati, NC State

February 14, 2020 Leave a comment

Dave2015As the bubble ebbs and flows, we present Valentine hearts to Cincinnati and North Carolina State, both of whom sit squarely along the cutline.  The good news – at least for today – is that both are projected as First Four participants in Dayton.

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Elsewhere, the No. 1 seeds remain entrenched.  Gonzaga and San Diego State will be heavy favorites in most, if not all, of their remaining games.  Baylor can absorb a loss (or two) and still be in prime position.  Kansas, once again, has a dominant record against Quadrant 1 teams.  Are all four locks?  No, but as Selection Sunday approaches, their footholds get stronger. Read more…

Quick Takes: USU stumbles at UNLV

January 2, 2020 Leave a comment

Dave2015Winning conference road games is never easy, regardless of the opponent.  So it’s certainly not shocking to learn that Utah State stumbled at UNLV.  The bigger question is how the Aggies navigate their Mountain West Conference journey moving forward.

USU’s non-conference profile includes neutral-court wins over LSU and Florida and losses to Saint Mary’s and BYU.  As it stands this morning, San Diego State and perhaps New Mexico (coming off a loss at San Jose State – gulp) are the best opportunities for Quad 1 and/or 2 wins moving forward – making Saturday’s home date with SDSU an important marker on the Aggies’ Team Sheet. Read more…

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…

Bracketology: Good times in Philadelphia

February 5, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015It’s a good morning to be a Philadelphia sports fan.  After winning a thrilling Super Bowl, the Eagles stand alone atop the National Football League world.  Then there’s Villanova, who after defeating Seton Hall earlier on Sunday, continues to hold the No. 1 overall spot in today’s bracket.

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Joining Villanova on the top line are Virginia, Purdue, and Xavier.  The Musketeers can thank Kansas and Duke, both of whom lost over the weekend.  They can also thank arch-rival Cincinnati.  Xavier’s non-conference win over the Bearcats was enough to push the Musketeers past Auburn for the final No. 1 seed.

The middle and lower portions of the bracket remain quite fluid.  It’s been a wild season in college hoops.  Should we expect anything different now?  Enjoy the countdown. March Madness is right around the corner.

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.

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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.