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Bracket Games: Buffalo-SIU headline UTR matchups this week

November 11, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015College hoops ramps up this week.  We get the Gavitt Tip-Off games, the Charleston Classic, the Myrtle Beach Invitational, and a variety of other goodies.  Headliners include Marquette at Indiana, Michigan at Villanova, Connecticut vs. Syracuse, and Iowa vs. Oregon.  Link to Bracket Games for an updated listing of contests worth tracking.

We also get some really good Under-the-Radar (UTR) matchups; none better than Buffalo at Southern Illinois on Monday.  Let’s take a look …

Buffalo at Southern Illinois (Monday) – MAC favorite Buffalo arrives in Carbondale fresh off its upset of West Virginia in Morgantown.  Southern Illinois isn’t WVU, but they are one of this year’s MVC favorites and hung with Kentucky in Lexington until late in the game.  Think of this as a kind of retired “Bracket Buster” game we used to see in February. Read more…

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Quick Takes: Duke dominates, Buckeyes happy in ‘Nati

November 8, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015With the 2018-19 college basketball season underway, it’s time to bring back Quick Takes.  So let’s get to it …

Duke dominated Kentucky in Indianapolis on opening night, sending a few shockwaves though the college hoops world along the way.  That said, let’s reign in the talk of an undefeated season.  The Blue Devils still have a host of worthy non-conference opponents in front of them, not to mention some tricky road trips through the Atlantic Coast Conference.  Does Duke look like a title contender? Absolutely.  Are they unbeatable?  That’s a question better reserved for February or March.

Kansas looked pretty good, too, mind you.  As did Michigan State – particularly in the second half.  KU get’s the benefit of an early resume boost, but nothing else changed.  Both teams looked the part of being high seeds come Selection Sunday. Read more…

Preseason preparation for 2018-19

October 18, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015As another college basketball season prepares to dawn, a group of familiar names greets us with the anticipation of March Madness and April glory.  Teams like Kansas, Kentucky, Duke, and even Gonzaga are considered title contenders.  Prognosticators are also rightfully intrigued by Nevada, Tennessee, North Carolina, and even a re-focused Virginia outfit trying to bounce back from an historic upset at the hands of UMBC.

Then there’s defending National Champion, Villanova, with some fresh faces among its returning talent.  Dismiss the Wildcats at your own risk.

By most accounts, the SEC will be strong again, and the Big Ten is likely to send more than a handful of teams to the Dance.  The race for bids is tightening even before we tip in early November.  Will the Missouri Valley send multiple teams?  While someone beyond Nevada emerge as a second or third NCAA team from the Mountain West?  How many bids can the Atlantic 10 garner?  Can both both Marshall and Western Kentucky survive Conference USA and Selection Sunday?  And what about the MAC?  Both Buffalo and Eastern Michigan are contenders. Read more…

Quick Takes: Moving Day in college hoops

March 9, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015If you’re a golf fan, you’ll understand the reference to Moving Day. Moving Day in a Major tournament is Saturday.  It’s the day when golfers position themselves for the final round on Sunday.  Today is a Moving Day in college hoops.

Bracketology   |   Seed List

Bubble teams Kansas State, Illinois, Iowa, California, and Vanderbilt- among others – take the court with a lot on the line.  The same can be said, potentially, for Xavier, and even USC, although both helped themselves by avoiding a bad loss on Wednesday.  Elsewhere, middle of the bracket teams like Michigan and Northwestern look to solidify their positions. Read more…

Quick Takes: Championship Week begins

March 4, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015The final Saturday of the regular season is upon us.  Which means Championship Week is officially here.  Were it not for NCAA tournament itself, this would arguably be one of the best weeks in sports.  So much rides on every outcome, especially for those teams fighting for dance tickets.  Friday night gave us a glimpse of the perils ahead, as Ohio Valley Conference favorite Belmont was bounced in the OVC tournament semifinals.  With that, here are the latest updates:

As this is Quick Takes, we won’t go in-depth.  But here are a few highlights and questions regarding the next eight days… Read more…

Bracketology: Kansas leads final march to Selection Sunday

March 2, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015March is here. Madness awaits.  The next ten days will be filled with hope, excitement, and anxiety as teams and fans await their 2017 NCAA Tournament bracket on Selection Sunday.  Between now and then, we still have several things to sort out.  Here’s what we know:  Kansas, fresh off yet another Big 12 title, sits atop the bracket, followed closely by Villanova.  Both the Jayhawks and Wildcats look fairly entrenched on the top line.  The other two spots remain in play.  Will Gonzaga hold on?  Will a Pac-12 team make a jump to the one line?  Can North Carolina survive the ACC tournament and keep its perch in the South?

Bracketology  |  Seed List

Each of those story lines should be fun to watch.  And we haven’t even talked about the bubble.  Illinois, Wake Forest, and Kansas State all helped themselves Wednesday.  USC and California are trying to hold on and state their case.  Xavier continues to struggle, its NCAA outlook now unclear.  Next week’s conference tournaments loom large for final seeding and selection.  If a few bid stealers emerge,  hold on.

Quick Takes: Monmouth captures MAAC title

February 17, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015In the spirit of March, congratulations to the Monmouth Hawks, the first NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball team to clinch a regular-season conference title (MAAC).  By do so, the Hawks guarantee themselves a post-season berth. They narrowly missed the NCAA tournament last year as an at-large team. Motivation will be high at the MAAC tournament with another Dance card at stake.

Quick Takes from Thursday:

  • Michigan grabbed a critical home win against Wisconsin.  The Wolverines close with 4 of 5 on the road, where they’ve managed a 1-6 record.
  • Wisconsin likely needs to find wins over Maryland and Purdue down the stretch (including B10 tourney) to secure a Top 5 seed.  Otherwise, the Badgers’ top-end profile could relegate them to a slightly lesser seed on Selection Sunday.
  • Smooth night out West as Gonzaga, Oregon, and Arizona all roll to wins.

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