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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…

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Bracketology: Duke grabs No. 1 overall seed

March 17, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015We could well be in for a few surprises when the Selection Committee announces its pairings this evening.  At full strength, and with an ACC tournament title in hand, the Duke Blue Devils being this year’s No. 1 overall seed will surprise no one.

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As for the remaining No. 1 seeds, Virginia seems like a sure bet for No. 2 overall, slotted to the South.  Then, the debate begins.  North Carolina is playing as well as anyone.  Gonzaga lost only three games all season, although two of those were to UNC and Tennessee.  The final spots will likely come down to UNC, Tennessee, Gonzaga and Michigan State, if the Spartans beat Michigan a third time.  We’ve also seen the Committee make a final decision about the Big 10 before the game is played.

Oregon threw one final wrench into the bubble last night by beating Washington in the Pac-12 title game.  Who the Ducks knocked out remains to be seen.  It could have been one the quality mid-majors on the board, or it could even be conference foe Arizona State.  One final review coming ahead of the mid-afternoon final bracket.

Bracketology: Zion’s impact for Duke

March 15, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015Zion Williamson returned to Duke’s lineup Thursday night and put on quite a show with the Selection Committee watching in New York.  If the Blue Devils beat North Carolina in the ACC semifinals, they will likely be a No. 1 seed on Sunday night.

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Other teams in play for the top line?  That would be your aforementioned Tar Heels, who could all but wrap up a No. 1 seed themselves by ousting the Blue Devils a third time.  We also have Kentucky, Tennessee and LSU from the SEC and Michigan State from the Big 10.

Hefty debates continue along the cutline.  There are a couple of major conference bid thieves still alive (West Virginia, Nebraska).  Xavier is surging in the Big East.  And favorites in the Mid American, Mountain West, and Atlantic 10 continue play today.

Let’s see how the next 24 hours play out.

Bracketology: Duke avoids Wake-up call

March 6, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015Duke escaped an around-the-rim, Madness moment Tuesday night in Durham as Wake Forest’s final shot slowly eased around basket before falling away – allowing the Blue Devils to survive an inconceivable upset at Cameron Indoor.

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While a win is a win, and we’ve reached the survive-and-advance portion of the season, Selection Committee members anxiously await news about the return of Zion Williamson.  Duke is an immensely talented team with or without Williamson, but they are clearly not the same team.   If he doesn’t suit up Saturday or in the ACC tournament, a decision will have to be made regarding Duke’s landing spot on the final Seed List.  Stay tuned.

Bubble winners on Tuesday: Minnesota and Oklahoma.  Despite a less-than-ideal Big 12 record, the Sooners seem on solid footing at this point after dispatching Kansas.  Minnesota can also take a sigh of relief – at least for now – after adding a home win over Purdue to its resume.

 

Bracketology: Virginia leads as March returns

February 28, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015A year ago, the Virginia Cavaliers were in the exact same position – sitting atop the college basketball world as king’s of Bracketology.  Today, as March awaits, UVA is back, leading the latest Field of 68.

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Duke’s seed status will be heavily debated in the Selection Committee room if questions about Zion Williamson’s availability remain unanswered over the next two weeks.  When Selection Sunday arrives, the Committee will have to evaluate the Blue Devils based upon the team anticipated to take the floor in the NCAA tournament.  Given that Williamson’s injury status is day-to-day, we’re working under the assumption that he will, in fact, return at some point.  Time will tell.

The race for No. 1 seeds is far from over.  Kentucky and Tennessee play again this weekend.  Michigan State and Michigan meet again.  Duke has another matchup with North Carolina.

And just for fun, March begins tomorrow.

Bracketology: The Zion factor for Duke

February 21, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015The pertinent question this morning is the health of Zion Williamson.  Foremost, because he’s an exceptional talent and life is bigger than basketball.

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The secondary component is how his injury impacts Duke – both on the court and, subsequently, the Blue Devils’ standing on the Seed List.  If last night were the eve of Selection Sunday, the Committee would be forced to make a tough decision: evaluating Duke while Zion’s future availability is unknown.

Since a decision related to today’s bracket had to be made quickly in the wee hours of the morning with little information, Duke stays put, largely because the Blue Devils own a season sweep of Virginia, and two of its losses occurred with less than a full roster.  Once we know more about Zion’s status, further review will ensue.

As for the bubble, it’s a day-by-day thing.  This morning, Florida returns to the bracket after a huge road win at LSU.

Bracketology: Happy hearts for Duke, LSU

February 14, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015Since it’s Valentine’s Day, we’ll sweep the epic crumbles of futility – otherwise known as this year’s bubble – under the proverbial rug and try not to look.

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Instead, we’ll send Happy Heart greetings to the Duke Blue Devils and LSU Tigers, both of whom celebrated huge road wins in the Commonwealth on Tuesday.  For their efforts, Duke remains the No. 1 overall seed in today’s bracket.  LSU rises to No. 12 on the seed list, good for the final No. 3 seed.

As for those crumbles, today’s cutline decisions included serious consideration for teams like Oklahoma, Indiana, Butler, and Florida, all of whom have significant resume issues. There are no clear answers, especially with regards to how the Selection Committee will use the NCAA’s new NET ratings.  The good news for those four, and others, is we still have games to play.