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Quick Takes: Gators, Sooners toast New York

December 5, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Good vibes this morning in Gainesville and Norman.  Both the Florida Gators and Oklahoma Sooners toasted Madison Square Garden while exiting the Jimmy V Classic Tuesday night in New York.  It was a particularly nice win for Florida, which had started 0-3 against the best teams on its schedule, losing to Florida State, Oklahoma (oddly enough), and Butler.  Not that a victory over West Virginia is going to move any huge swamps right now, but it gives the Gators a little momentum heading to Saturday’s showdown with Michigan State. Read more…

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Quick Takes: How will Florida finish?

February 22, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015How will Florida finish its season?  That’s a huge question for the Gators, who face a tough closing stretch and an ultra-competitive SEC tournament.  Why does it matter?  Because for all of the Gators’ quality wins, they are sliding.  Their record is sliding, their RPI is sliding, and their perception as an NCAA team is sliding.

Since winning at Kentucky on January 20, Florida’s two wins of note are Baylor and LSU, both of which reside along the cutline.  The Gators are 3-6 during that stretch (their other win was South Carolina).  And here’s what lies ahead … Auburn (home), Alabama (road), Kentucky (home).  With a record of 17-11, their margin is sliding, too.  If the Gators win both home games, tensions ease.  That would put them at 19-12 heading into the SEC tournament with enough Quadrant 1/2 wins to easily make the NCAA tournament.  But what if they finish 1-2 in those last three?  Or, gulp, 0-3?  In those scenarios, Florida would enter its conference tourney at 18-13 or 17-14.  Vanderbilt snuck in last year with a loss-heavy profile – largely due to it overall strength of schedule.  But do the Gators want to test that theory again?  How will Florida finish?  It’s a huge question for the Gators to answer these next two weeks. Read more…

Quick Takes: Providence, FSU post key wins

February 15, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015How unpredictable has college hoops been this season?  Look no further than Providence.  This past weekend, the Friars lost by double-digits at home to DePaul.  On the same floor Wednesday night, those same Friars took down Villanova.  Opposite ends of the spectrum, for sure.

It was also a big night for Florida State.  Heading into Wednesday night’s game against Clemson, the Seminoles had dropped three of four, including road tilts at Wake Forest and Notre Dame.  Then they found themselves down 18 points to the Tigers.  They needed a rally – and found it.  And that quickly, resume life looks a little more stable again for FSU.

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Quick Takes: Road woes for the Razorbacks

January 31, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Arkansas has a tidy RPI (No. 22 this morning), a non-conference win over Oklahoma, and a worthy SOS (23 overall, 58 NC).  So why would Tuesday’s loss at desperate Texas AM be a concern for the Razorbacks?  In and of itself, it wouldn’t be.  This issue is this … Arkansas is now 1-5 in road games.  Ahead, the Razorbacks have four remaining road trips.  If their road woes continue, they could be facing a 9-9 finish in the SEC, which would keep them much closer to the bubble than expected.  Closing home games include Kentucky and Auburn, so the home road isn’t a cakewalk, either.

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Quick Takes: Sooners shock Wichita State

December 17, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015Oklahoma freshman guard Trae Young tallied 29 points and 10 assists on the road Saturday at Wichita State – a game the visiting Sooners won 91-83.  The nation’s leading scorer, Young put his stat line together at a place where the Shockers rarely lose (only once last year).  It’s a triumph that figures to pay big dividends down the line.  Non-conference road wins against quality opponents generally rank high on the Selection Committee’s seal of approval.

Elsewhere, we had upsets all along the seed list, and a few near misses – with Xavier escaping East Tennessee State at home in the final seconds.

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Quick Takes: Florida stuck in a swamp

December 7, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015There was a dominating win over Stanford, an overtime thriller over Gonzaga, and a close loss to top-seeded Duke.  That was Florida’s resume following the PK-80 event in Portland   Since then?  The Gators have dropped a less-than-competitive game to rival Florida State, and ended up on the wrong side of the scoreboard again Wednesday against Loyola-Chicago.  Both at home.  Sure, the Ramblers were considered a preseason contender in the Missouri Valley, but given how the Gators looked a couple of weeks ago, no one thought they would amble out of the O-Dome with a victory.  Especially with UF coming off back-to-back losses.  The Gators’ three-point shooting and defense has been stuck in a swamp since returning to the Sunshine State.

Next up for Florida? A visit from angry Cincinnati.  If you thought Florida-FSU was intense, you missed UC’s loss to Xavier.  The Bearcats will be ready for a battle.  Florida better be, too.

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Quick Takes: Eyes on the Seminoles

December 5, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015Eyes on the Seminoles.  Florida State added a huge road win to its resume on Monday, beating rival Florida in Gainesville behind a career-high 25 points from Terance Mann.  There are wins that stick with teams – and this one qualifies.  It also backs up a true road win at Rutgers in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

As it relates to FSU’s early profile, Florida was – by far – the Seminoles best chance for a marquee non-conference victory.  The only other game of note appears to be Oklahoma State.  Which makes Monday’s victory that much more relevant.

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