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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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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.

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Quick Takes: Florida, Big 12 States headline wild Saturday

February 5, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015What a Saturday in college hoops – and it’s February!

Four of the top eight teams on Saturday morning’s Seed List lost, two at home and two in blowout fashion on the road.  Another two lost in slots 9-12, and another two in slots 13-16.  Simple math equates to eight of the top 16 teams on the Seed List losing Saturday.  The flip side, of course, is that eight other teams (the winners) posted signature or marquee victories on their resumes.  My initial takeaways are that Florida and three Big 12 “States” benefitted most from a wild Saturday.

Florida’s win over Kentucky added an important piece to the Gators’ otherwise solid profile: a victory over a sure-fire NCAA team.  Prior to Saturday, Florida had nice wins against Arkansas, Seton Hall, and Miami-FL, among others.  But are you confident all of those teams will reach the final Field of 68?  See bullet-point below about the Razorbacks loss at Missouri.  On a related note … with South Carolina’s win over Georgia, the SEC title chase is up for grabs. Read more…

Seed List update: St. Bonaventure, VCU slide into Field

March 3, 2016 Leave a comment

Dave2015For different reasons, St. Bonaventure and Virginia Commonwealth (VCU) join the Field of 68 in today’s Seed List update.  In the case of VCU, the Rams own the Atlantic 10 lead and thus have a reserved spot as an automatic qualifier (AQ).  As for the Bonnies, their win at Saint Joseph’s moved them ahead of Tulsa.  Alabama falls out following its home loss to Arkansas.  It’s worth noting that Tulsa was actually bumped by VCU regaining the AQ, as it took one at-large spot away.  It’s a good illustration of how the process works during Championship Week.

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Joining St. Bonaventure in the First Four: Butler, Cincinnati, and Michigan.  The four just above them (final byes) are Vanderbilt, USC, Oregon State, Connecticut.  The margin (if any) between these eight is very small.  It remains true: teams from the 7-line on down still have work to do to reach a safety zone.

The SEC tournament figures to be huge for Vanderbilt, Alabama, Florida, and LSU.  It’s unlikely that more than two from that group will make the final bracket.  On a similar note, the Atlantic 10 tourney could prove decisive for St. Bonaventure, VCU, George Washington, and even Saint Joseph’s.  Without a “bad” loss on their resume, the Hawks are in overall better shape, but if they were to lose to Duquesne and also their first A10 tourney game, it could get a little more interesting. We’ll see.

 

Bubble Bits: Florida has work to do

February 28, 2016 Leave a comment

Dave2015Of all the bubble results on Saturday, Florida’s loss at LSU is one of the most notable.  And it’s not because losing to a wildly inconsistent group from Baton Rouge is particularly bad. In between their pile of head-wrangling losses to middling teams, this is a Tigers’ team that has won at Vanderbilt and beaten Kentucky and Texas AM.  LSU can be pretty good – we just don’t see that team enough.  The Gators problem is a serious lack of quality wins, as a 2-9 record against Top 50 RPI teams indicates.  And one of those wins is against Saint Joseph’s in November.  Since then, Florida has beaten exactly one (1) team – West Virginia at home – that would be an at-large team in the Field today.  Their remaining Top 100 wins are Georgia and Ole Miss twice and the aforementioned LSU outfit at home.  If there’s a remedy, it’s a visit from Kentucky this coming week before a trip to Missouri.  The Gators really need to win both of those ahead of the SEC tournament.

Elsewhere, it was a pretty good day for bubble teams along the cutline.  Vanderbilt helped itself the most by beating Kentucky in Nashville.  We’ll see if they can keep building on a three-game winning streak.  Alabama and Cincinnati won the games they had to (Auburn, East Carolina) …. On the outside looking in … VCU, St. Bonaventure, and Butler all put victories on the slate, with VCU taking down fellow-bubbler George Washington.  And Gonzaga won at BYU – keeping their at-large hopes in tact.

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Bracket Bits: Can Syracuse, UConn or Florida make a run?

January 31, 2015 Leave a comment

dave1It’s a bit odd to look at the Seed List (on Jan. 31) and find Syracuse, Connecticut, and Florida below the projected NCAA tournament at-large cutline – well below when it comes to the Huskies and Gators. It’s even more odd given that Florida, in particular, was projected to be a top four seed back in November.

The reasons – for all three teams – are pretty obvious.  Combined, Florida (0-7), Connecticut (2-7), and Syracuse (1-3) are 3-17 against current Top 50 teams (RPI).   The Gators and Huskies have had their chances and largely whiffed.  Syracuse beat Iowa in November, but couldn’t sustain anything, dropping decisions to California, Michigan, and St. John’s  (non of which were in the Jan. 30 bracket).

So the question becomes – can Syracuse, UConn, or Florida make a run in February?  It won’t be easy. Here’s a quick look at each team’s chances … Read more…