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Quick Takes: Gonzaga show road mettle

December 3, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Road wins.  The Holy Grail for college hoops teams.

So on this Monday, here’s to Gonzaga, among others.  The Zags exited Omaha on Saturday with a better-than-you-think victory over Creighton.  If the game were a first semester exam, Gonzaga passed with flying colors.  Coming off a Maui championship, and missing a couple of key players, the Zags could easily have let one get away without much fanfare.

Theme in mind, let’s also extend some notable kudos to Louisville, Arizona, Nevada, and Texas Tech.  All four posted true road wins this weekend, too.  You want to separate yourself for selection or seeding in March?  Pile up road victories. Read more…

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Seed List: Kansas edges Gonzaga for No. 1

November 24, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Last I checked, two is still greater than one.  Thus, when evaluating the No. 1 spot on this morning’s Seed List, Kansas edges Gonzaga.  The Jayhawks have neutral-court wins over both Michigan State and Tennessee.  Gonzaga has a that neutral-court win over Duke.  One can argue that Gonzaga’s win is “better,” but in a close call, KU has done a smidgen more.  As a nice consolation prize, the Zags sit at No. 2 – ahead of Duke and Nevada.  That would mean your No. 1 seed line would be … Kansas (Midwest), Gonzaga (West), Duke (East) and Nevada (South)

Seed List Update

The biggest climbers are Texas, Texas Tech, Arizona State, and Creighton within the current field, and teams such as Utah State, VCU, and Ole Miss in the Top 100.  Florida, Xavier, and TCU are among those moving in the opposite direction.

Nothing definitive yet, but the first in-season bracket could appear next weekend as we move into December.  Enjoy the rest of your Thanksgiving weekend.

Quick Takes: Gonzaga the new No. 1?

November 22, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Stuffed from its Maui feast, Gonzaga returns to the mainland with a victory over Duke and validation that another No. 1 seed in March is within its reach.  The question this Thanksgiving morning: Will the Bulldogs be No. 1 in the polls next week?

Not that it really matters right now – or ever, really.  Polls are fun and all, but largely meaningless when it comes to selection and seeding for the NCAA tournament.  So maybe the better question is actually: Will Gonzaga be No. 1 our next Seed List?  Right now, the answer would be yes.

Kansas and Tennessee play Friday in New York.  Should the Jayhawks beat the Volunteers, it would give KU victories over both Michigan State and Tennessee – which would be pretty good, too.  We’ll weigh the two resumes once the aforementioned results are complete. Read more…

Quick Takes: Early sunshine in the Sun Belt

November 21, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015Early in the afternoon on Monday, the Ragin’ Cajuns of Louisiana upended Iowa at the inaugural Cayman Islands Classic.  Beyond the outcome itself, the victory was another early ray of sunshine for the Sun Belt Conference.  Just over a week into the season, Louisiana has its win over Iowa, UT-Arlington has a win at BYU, and Georgia-Southern has a win at Wake Forest and another over Missouri State, a favorite in the Missouri Valley.  How these early successes end up impacting future resumes remains to be seen, of course.  But it’s worth a mention, regardless.

Other Quick Takes from Monday’s action: Read more…

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Arizona, Duke remain 1-2 on Seed List

November 18, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015Overall, a fun opening week on the hardwood for college hoops.  With a victory over Michigan State in Chicago, one could argue that Duke has the “best” win of the young season.  Is that reason enough to vault the Blue Devils over Arizona on the Seed List?  It could be, but for now I’m keeping Arizona-Duke in the same order in which they started. The Wildcats have won their first three games by an average of 30 points.

Seed List Update

Michigan State remains at No. 3 and Kansas at No. 4; meaning no changes to the top line.  Hard to ding the Spartans for a close loss to a team ranked a spot higher, and KU won its matchup with UK.  Villanova, Kentucky, Wichita State, and USC follow the top four. Read more…

Quick Takes: X marks its spot on the road

November 17, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015Add Xavier to the list of teams posting quality road wins in Week 1.  The Musketeers arrived at the Kohl Center Thursday as part of the Gavitt Games and exited with a victory over Wisconsin.  While this might not (yet) be one of the Badgers best teams, winning in Madison is always worth noting.  Trevon Bluiett made big plays at key times in the final minutes as X marked its spot. Looking ahead: think about this year’s Crosstown Shooting against Cincinnati. Should be fun.

Other Quick Takes from Thursday: Read more…

Quick Takes: Re-evaluating Arizona and Creighton

January 22, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015Allonzo Trier returned from suspension on Saturday and the Arizona Wildcats looked the part of a potential No. 1 seed while beating UCLA on its home floor.  In its first game with Maurice Watson, Jr., Creighton fell at home to Marquette, giving up over 100 points to the Golden Eagles.  These are single games on each team’s resume.  But two important questions arise for Selection Committee members:  How do they evaluate Arizona (with Trier back) and Creighton (with Watson, Jr. out for the season)?

The first consideration is two-fold. One, Trier was suspended, not injured.  Thus, Arizona’s resume will stand on its merits – meaning the Wildcats will likely not receive consideration for Trier’s absence in their two losses (Butler, Gonzaga).  Two, Watson, Jr. is injured, sadly, and will miss the rest of the season.  Thus, Committee members will have to evaluate Creighton’s performance from here to Selection Sunday.  They’ll have a month or so monitor the Bluejays as it relates to possible seeding. Read more…