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Quick Takes: Oklahoma’s Bubble win; Duke’s loss to Wake

February 26, 2020 Leave a comment

Dave2015Let’s start on a positive note.  Oklahoma picked up a needed Quadrant 1 victory against Texas Tech in Norman.  It boosted the Sooners to 4-9 vs. Quad 1 teams (not great, but four of its losses are to Kansas and Baylor); it was also, based on the NCAA’s NET Ratings, their first Quad 1A (Top Tier) victory of the season.  At least for today, OU can smile.  Next up, a trip to Morgantown, followed by dates with Texas (home) and TCU (road).  We’ll see if the Sooners can keep improving an overall mark of 17-11. (See note on Texas Tech below)

Meanwhile, Duke lost at Wake Forest.  Although technically a Quad 2 road loss (so not horrible), it does raise questions as to how the Selection Committee will view Duke’s seeding profile unless the Blue Devils beat Louisville and/or Florida State in the ACC tourney.  While analytics love the Blue Devils (Top 10 in all metrics listed on Team Sheets heading into Tuesday), the ACC simply hasn’t offered its usual chances for high-end wins.  As of this morning, Duke has three (3) wins over current tournament teams and is 4-3 vs. Quadrant 1.  By comparison, the top Big East schools vying for spots on the Top 3 lines have much better totals: Creighton (9-6), Villanova (8-6), Seton Hall (10-5). Read more…

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…

Quick Takes: Cards, Blue Devils win the night

December 4, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015Louisville’s defense suffocated Michigan.

It’s was that simple Tuesday night at the KFC Yum! Center.  The previously hot Wolverines missed 43 of 58 shots, including 16 of 19 three-point attempts. By game’s end, Big Blue had racked up a whopping 43 points.  For comparison sakes, Michigan averaged 79 points-per-game while sweeping through Iowa State, North Carolina and Gonzaga at the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Assuming the Cardinals dispatch Pittsburgh at home on Friday, they will be the top overall seed in next Monday’s bracket.

Duke wasn’t as defensively dominant in the scoring column, but the Blue Devils rattled Michigan State early and kept the Spartans off balance with an in-your-face mentality in East Lansing.  It was a nice bounce-back victory after last week’s shocking home loss to Stephen F. Austin.  Duke heads to Virginia Tech on Friday. Read more…

Seed List: Duke moves to No. 1

November 23, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015With victories over Cal and Georgetown at the 2K Empire Classic in New York, Duke’s resume slides past Louisville and moves the Blue Devils to No. 1 overall on the Seed List.  Duke also owns an opening-night win over Kansas on the same Madison Square Garden court.  Maybe it’s the newest incarnation of Cameron Indoor?

Seed List

The rest of the top line remains the same: Louisville, Michigan State and Kansas.  If we were assigning regions, it would look like this … Duke (East), Louisville (Midwest), Michigan State (South) and Kansas (West).

Ohio State, Oregon, Gonzaga and North Carolina are next in line.  The biggest climbers in the past week: Penn State, Georgetown, Connecticut and Temple.  Evansville, Alabama and South Carolina are among those sliding.  All of that noted, we still have several teams who have yet to leave the confines of their home floor and/or play an opponent that provides an insight into where the team stands.  Feast Week provides many of those teams an opportunity to clarify.

Quick Takes: Louisville shows its mettle in early ACC road opener

November 8, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015As the first weekend of college hoops arrives, Quick Takes returns.

In full acknowledgement of Kentucky’s win over Michigan State and Duke’s victory over Kansas, we’re going to slip past Manhattan and begin our Quick Takes road trip in Coral Gables.

Still without two of its expected contributors (Malik Williams and David Johnson – both nursing injuries), the Louisville Cardinals burst from a slow start and steamrolled Miami in each team’s ACC opener – yes, that’s a new twist. The Cardinals led by 30-plus points during the second half, with Jordan Nwora pouring in 23 to lead five Cardinals in double figures.  Conference road games are never easy and this was Game 1.  Some impressive early mettle. Read more…

Bracketology: Michigan State headlines opening Field of 68

October 23, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015Every Selection Sunday journey begins somewhere.  This year, that somewhere is East Lansing.

To no one’s surprise, Michigan State headlines our preseason edition of Bracketology.  The Spartans have the talent, experience and depth to reach another Final Four.

Preseason Bracket
Preseason Seed List

MSU is joined at the top of the bracket by Kentucky, Louisville and Kansas.  A host of other familiar names are close behind: Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Maryland and North Carolina.  Other top four seeds include reigning National Champion Virginia and runner-up Texas Tech.

From there, the bracket is an open canvas. Read more…

Preseason projected Top 4 seeds by Region

October 14, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015The complete preseason bracket arrives next week.  Ahead of that, here’s how the Top 4 seeds in each Region shape up heading into the 2019-20 college basketball season.

It begins with Michigan State.  The Spartans are a rather clear favorite to open the season at No. 1 on the Seed List.  Spots two through six?  Take your pick.  After changing my mind more than once, I settled on Kentucky, Louisville, and Kansas as the other No. 1 seeds.  Florida and Duke received strong consideration, too; they ended up as the top No. 2 seeds.  Given that Gonzaga has reloaded (again) and should pile up victories, a two-seed in the West seems like a fair bet.

The final two seed? Another contested decision, and truth be told, I’m not completely sold on my choice – Maryland.  In the end, though, the Terrapins projected lineup and returning experience won out over North Carolina, Oregon, Seton Hall and Ohio State. Read more…