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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…

Under-the-Radar ‘Bracket’ Games: Opening week

November 3, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015The 2018-19 college hoops season kicks off with a pair of heavyweight matchups at the State Farm Classic in Indianapolis on Tuesday, November 6: Kansas vs. Michigan State and Kentucky vs. Duke.  There’s also the Florida vs. Florida State rivalry.  If those three don’t get your hoops’ juices flowing then, well, we’ll just leave it at that.

The reality, though, is that all six of those schools are likely to end up with solid seeds come Selection Sunday.  So let’s focus here on some Under-the-Radar (UTR) matchups of Opening Week. Read more…

Preseason bracket deals Cards another No. 1 seed

November 7, 2013 Leave a comment

dave1The Road to the Final Four is about to begin, and a host of familiar names sit atop our preseason bracket projection.

Reigning NCAA champion Louisville opens as the top overall seed in the Midwest Region, which again goes through nearby Indianapolis.  The Cardinals are followed by Michigan State (East), Kentucky (South), and Kansas (West) as favorites to reach AT&T Stadium in April.  Close behind are Duke, Arizona, Syracuse, and Oklahoma State.  Need more heavyweights?  How about Michigan, Ohio State, Florida, and North Carolina as possible three-seeds?

2013-14 Preseason Bracket Projection

Beyond conference realignment – and remembering that Syracuse, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh are now in the ACC, for example – the NCAA has changed a few of its bracketing principles for 2014.  If you want to read them for yourself, visit www.ncaa.com.  The most significant updates are an emphasis on maintaining a team’s true seed (from the seed list), and allowing teams from the same conference to potentially meet before a regional final if they played less than three times during the regular season. (Note: This could happen previously but only if more than eight teams from a conference were selected).  There are a lot of variables, but the goal is to provide the Selection Committee with more options during the bracketing process.  In year’s past, bracketing procedures often required moving several teams up or down a seed line to avoid such things as conference conflicts within the region.  While this may still occur, it should be less frequently.   What we can’t predict in the preseason is how many times conference foes will actually meet because conference tournament games are included.

With the arrival of the American Athletic Conference (AAC), there will also be one less at-large bid in 2014.  We now have 32 automatic qualifiers and 36 at-large spots. In our preseason bracket the First Five out are Illinois, California, Providence, Massachusetts, and Xavier.  Purdue, Iowa State, Pittsburgh, Missouri, Washington, and Florida State are next.  A host of other potential at-large candidates were also evaluated.  View the full s-curve for the preseason bracket.

Our opening First Four?  BYU, Indiana State, San Diego State, and SMU (Southern Methodist).

Fortunately, the actual bracket will develop over the course over four and a half months.  At this point, it’s guesswork.  The journey will be tremendous.  Think about the storylines we already have:  Will John Calipari blend his vaunted recruits into a championship team?  Can the Cardinals repeat?  Will Tom Izzo return Michigan State to the Final Four?  Who will be this year’s Wichita State, Butler, VCU, or George Mason?  And the list goes on.

It’s almost time for tip-off.  Grab a seat.  It’s going to be quite a ride toward Selection Sunday.

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2014 Preseason Fan Poll: Choose teams 21-24

October 24, 2013 Leave a comment

We’re down to voting for the final four spots in our readers’ preseason Power 24.  Here is where we stand at this point.

1. Louisville  2. Michigan State  3. Kentucky  4. Kansas

5. Duke  6. Arizona  7. Oklahoma State  8. Syracuse

9. Michigan  10. VCU  11. North Carolina  12. Florida

13. Wichita State  14. Ohio State  15. Memphis  16. Colorado

17. Gonzaga  18. Marquette  19. Connecticut  20. Tennessee

As we’ve noted before, use the poll below to vote for teams 21-24.  Teams already voted into the Power 24 will not be listed.  Use “Other” to include a different team and please list the team in the space provided.

Thanks for your interest.

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Bracket Bits: Poor start will hurt Missouri Valley …

November 24, 2010 Leave a comment

Welcome to Bracketville

If you look at our preseason bracket projection, you’ll notice two teams from the Missouri Valley.  Looked good a month ago.  Now, not so much.  It hasn’t been a November to Remember for the MVC.

Through Tuesday (Nov. 23) Missouri Valley teams are 1-7 versus BCS conference opponents.  The lone win was Bradley over Southern Cal.  And while USC was a sleeper pick to sneak into the field – which isn’t looking good, either – the Braves’ one-point win over the Trojans is not the type of victory that figures to elevate how MVC teams are viewed next spring.

Wichita State and Missouri Statethe MVC’s highest projected teams – have yet to win an NCAA-level game.  The Shockers blew a late lead against Connecticut in Maui and Missouri State lost at Tennessee.  Neither was a bad loss, but both were missed chances.  And Missouri Valley teams don’t get that many chances for marquee out-of-conference wins.  Missouri State also lost at Tulsa – a potential bubble team from Conference USA.   Two other top-half MVC teams – Northern Iowa and Bradley – have lost games to TCU and Milwaukee.  Creighton lost Sunday to Iowa State, and the Cyclones aren’t projected to finish in the top half of the Big 12.

It’s still early and teams do not earn at-large bids in November and December.  But bids can be lost.  There are limited chances to make good impressions. 

Those remaining chances?  Wichita State heads to San Diego State (Dec. 4); Missouri State visits Oklahoma State (Dec. 11); Bradley hosts Utah (Dec. 4) and visits Duke (Dec. 8);  Northern Iowa heads to Indiana (Dec. 22); and Creighton goes to Northwestern (Nov. 28) and hosts BYU (Dec. 1). 

If the Missouri Valley hopes to send more than one team Dancing in March, the next three weeks are critical.  Have a different opinion? Rebounds are always welcome.

Duke earns overall No. 1 seed in first 68-team bracket …

July 24, 2010 Leave a comment

Welcome to Bracketville

Defending champion Duke sits atop our first 68-team NCAA Tournament bracket for 2011. The other teams on the top line: Purdue, Kentucky, and Michigan State.  With the Wildcats moving up (from our April look-ahead), Kansas now headlines a strong group of No. 2-seeds that include Ohio State, Texas, and Villanova. 

UPDATE (8/3):  Since this look-ahead was first published on July 24, Northwestern’s Kevin Coble has decided not to return to the Wildcats for the 2010-2011 season.  With that information, I have updated the bracket, moving NC State into the Opening Round and Northwestern into the First Five out.

The first real question, however, is … which teams face off in the new Opening Round (considered the First Four).  These four games will be played in Dayton, with winners moving into the traditional 64-team bracket design.  The last four at-large teams are paired, along with teams seeded 65-68 on the S-curve.  Our initial projection looks like this … St. John’s vs. NC State | St. Louis vs. Miami-FL | Lehigh vs. Vermont | Jackson State vs. SF Austin

As I have time, I’ll be working on a graphic to showcase these pairings.  For now, these teams are listed in the bracket with a “/” in between; the winner goes on the seed line indicated.  The St. John’s-St.Louis winner becomes a 12-seed in the East, playing Missouri in Tampa.  The Northwestern-Miami winner gets a 12-seed opposite national runner-up Butler (game in Tucson, Southeast Region).  The other winners earn 16-seeds in the Southwest and West.

Enough talk for now.  Several teams moved one seed line to accommodate bracketing issues.  BYU always creates some chaos because the Cougars cannot be placed in Friday-Sunday sites.  Have a different opinion?  Send a rebound.  The breakdown by conference and other teams considered are listed below the bracket.

Continue reading to see the bracket …

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