Archive

Posts Tagged ‘Duke Blue Devils’

Seed List: Arizona State reaches top line

December 12, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015Arizona State has earned its position on the No. 1 seed line.  After beating Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse on Sunday, the Sun Devils’ list of non-conference scalps includes these additional names: Xavier, St. John’s, Kansas State, and San Diego State.  Of those, only SDSU came at home.  More likely than not, ASU will be 12-0 heading into its Pac-12 opener at Arizona on December 30.

Seed List update

Villanova now sits at No. 1, followed by Michigan State, Duke, and the aforementioned Sun Devils.

Teams moving up include Xavier, Seton Hall, West Virginia, Florida State, and Arizona (after its rough start in the Bahamas).  Teams falling include Florida, Cincinnati, Minnesota, UCLA, and USC.  The Trojans have dropped from a preseason No. 2 seed all the way to the cutline.  While it’s doubtful the talented Trojans will stay there, they are 0-3 vs. the currently-projected NCAA-level teams on their schedule.

 

Advertisements

Quick Takes: Minnesota-Bama and PK-80 showdowns

November 26, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Minnesota found itself playing five on three (yes, 5 on 3) to close out its game against Alabama.  And nearly found a way to lose its lead.  You’ve probably seen video and read the story, but if not, read and watch more here (per ESPN).  Crimson Tide freshman Collin Sexton scored 40 points and got ‘Bama within three before the final margin (89-84) was etched in the books. Crazy.  I’ve seen a triangle-and-two defense before; not sure I’ve ever seen a triangle-and-none.

Somewhere down the road, the Selection Committee might be reviewing game results and come across this interesting twist.  Minnesota earned a neutral-court win; Alabama a close loss.  But the final score doesn’t tell the story.  Chance are, this will be a game neither team needs to make the NCAA tournament.  Could it affect seed line?  It may never come up, but if it does, it would be fun to be a fly on the wall in the Committee room.

Other Quick Takes for Sunday: Read more…

Categories: Current Updates

Thanksgiving Seed List: Duke now No. 1

November 23, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015Perhaps the Blue Devils should have been No. 1 on the Seed List after beating Michigan State.  Now, there’s no question.  North Carolina State beat Arizona on Friday in what turned out to be a wild opening day at the Battle 4 Atlantis.  That opened up the top slot for Duke.  The only question now: Will the Blue Devils give it back?

Seed List

Back to the Bahamas: Tennessee’s overtime victory over Purdue, along with Northern Iowa’s tipping of SMU, leaves the Atlantis bracket a bit befuddled.  As it relates to today’s update, those neutral-court wins for NC State and UT provided significant vaults.  Winning against quality teams away from home has that effect – especially this early when resumes lack depth. Read more…

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: Purdue, ASU post under-the-radar wins

November 15, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015Overshadowed by the Champions Classic at the United Center in Chicago, Purdue and Arizona State posted under-the-radar wins on Tuesday.  The Boilermakers notched a road victory at Marquette.  Arizona State handled San Diego State at home.  While neither of those Ws are likely to draw headlines, they still figure to be worthwhile resume points down the line.

Other Quick Takes from Tuesday:  Read more…

Preseason Bracket: Arizona, Duke headline Field

November 4, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015The best part of compiling a preseason bracket? Another college basketball season is about to begin.  The worst part? No games have been played.  No data points collected.  No wins or losses.  Nothing to compare and contrast. For the most part, the bracket comes down to speculation, expectation, and some good ole’ fashioned guess work.

Preseason Bracket Projection

Here’s what we think we know: Arizona, Duke, Michigan State, and Kansas are among a handful of teams expected to be good enough to challenge for No. 1 seeds … the Southeastern Conference (SEC) should be much improved, top to bottom …  so should the American, especially with the addition of Wichita State …. the top of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is loaded again, even if the depth of the league has some unanswered questions … and, then there’s the Big East, where Villanova remains the favorite, but strong competition lurks in more than a few places. Read more…

Categories: Current Updates

Preseason: Familiar names top Seed List

November 4, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015As we embark on another journey toward Selection Sunday, our preseason leader in the clubhouse is … Arizona.  Despite some off-season turmoil, the Wildcats have their sights set on a Final Four appearance in San Antonio.  Who joins them as projected No. 1 seeds? How about these Blue Bloods: Duke, Michigan State, and Kansas.

Preseason Seed List

You can debate the order.  Some prefer Duke or Michigan State in first place.  Solid cases can be made for both.  As for the Jayhawks, they keep reloading, favored to win yet another Big 12 crown.  Will all four reach the Final Four?  History suggests otherwise.  There are simply too many variables, especially during a one-and-done tournament.  But each team has the roster, coaching, and cache to make the final weekend of college hoops. Read more…