Posts Tagged ‘Creighton Bluejays’

QT: UK does a U-Turn; Saturday takeaways

January 15, 2023 Leave a comment

QuickTakesWe’ll start with a quick reminder: the NCAA Selection Committee evaluates teams, not conferences.  Understandably, fans (and media) enjoy conversations about how many teams from Conference A will make it, or how many from Conference B should earn a bid.  While such discussions are fun, the reality is, conference affiliation only applies to the mandatory automatic qualifier (AQ) in each league.  Is conference strength a factor?  Sure, because NET ratings within conference groupings can help or hinder a team’s overall profile.  Just know that all Quad 1 or Quad 2 wins are not created equal.  Example: a road win against a team rated No. 120 in the NET counts as a Quad 2 victory, although that team would most likely not be an at-large candidate.

The next reminder: regardless of NET rating, teams still have to win games.  Simply losing to quality opponents is not a path toward at-large selection, nor should it be.  Thus, teams such as West Virginia, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech need victories.  Fortunately for them, the Big 12 offers daily opportunities. Read more…

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QT: Auburn’s resume and Creighton’s woes

December 11, 2022 Leave a comment

QuickTakesThe Auburn Tigers arrived in Atlanta with a No. 11 Associated Press ranking and a nifty 8-0 record.  Those same Tigers were handled rather tamely by another set of Tigers from Memphis.  Perhaps it shouldn’t have been a surprise.

While unbeaten, Auburn’s best wins entering the Holiday Hoopsgiving event were Northwestern (one point) and Saint Louis (five points).   Early NET ratings suggested it was Bradley, although it seems unlikely the Braves will retain their current status.  That isn’t to knock Northwestern or Saint Louis – which beat Memphis at home in November (but also lost by 22 at Iona) – rather, it’s to emphasize that narrowly beating such teams might suggest a tad bit of inflation related to the Tigers’ ranking.

Let’s not overreact to any single outcome, nor determine a teams ultimate destiny in early December.  Let’s also not be stubborn and continue to evaluate teams based upon preseason expectations.  Auburn might well prove to be a Top 25 team.  For now, the Tigers’ resume suggests otherwise. Read more…

QT: Maui and Mississippi State

November 22, 2022 Leave a comment

QuickTakesCreighton and San Diego State posted key wins at the Maui Invitational on Monday.  The Bluejays passed their first test of the season against Texas Tech.  The Aztecs took down Ohio State, adding the Buckeyes to an early victory list that includes BYU and Stanford.  Today: Creighton squares off against Arkansas; SDSU gets Arizona.

Meanwhile, Texas Tech is now in an unenviable spot.  By losing to Creighton, the Red Raiders face Louisville and the winner of Cincinnati-Ohio State on Wednesday.  If it’s UC, TTU could end up facing two team with losing records.

Mississippi State, the final at-large team selection in Monday’s (way too early) bracket projection, edged Marquette to move to 5-0 on the season.  MSU’s other notable win came against Akron in Philadelphia; the Zips throttled Western Kentucky Monday in Grand Cayman.  The Bulldogs could well be 10-0 before their schedule picks up. Read more…

Quick Takes: Creighton making its case for protected seed

February 13, 2020 Leave a comment

Dave2015Overshadowed this season a bit by the likes of Seton Hall, Villanova and even Butler, the Creighton Bluejays are building their own case for a protected seed in March.  With a road victory at Seton Hall on Wednesday, the Bluejays now own road conquests over both the Pirates and Villanova.  In all, Creighton picked up its seventh Quadrant 1 victory, six of those away from Omaha.

With three weeks and conference tournaments ahead, the jockeying for protected spots along the Seed List is likely to be fierce.  Creighton has placed itself squarely in that conversation.

Related, the Big East has separated itself into he haves and have-nots … Seton Hall, Villanova, Butler, Creighton and Marquette are clearly tournament teams (without some type of closing disaster).  Which leaves Xavier and Georgetown (realistically right now) as options for teams six and/or seven from the league. Read more…

Bracket Bits: Mid-week bubble games worth tracking

March 12, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015It will be a decisive week for several teams along the bubble.  For starters, we have a variety of power conference teams trying to maneuver their way through league tournaments.  We also have some quality mid-major programs with viable profiles who are waiting and watching as events unfold.

With that in mind, here’s a quick peek at some mid-week bubble games that could have significant bracket ramifications come Sunday night …

Clemson vs. NC State (ACC) … Whether both of these ACC bubble teams can make the final bracket remains to be seen.  But this has the look and feel of a potential elimination game.  It likely depends on how the Selection Committee uses its newly minted NET ratings for selection and whether or not the Committee’s prior emphasizes on a team’s non-conference strength of schedule remains part of the current equation.  For what it’s worth, each team’s SOS and NC-SOS are still noted on the NCAA’s official team sheets.

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