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Quick Takes: Early concerns for Florida?

November 18, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015The Florida Gators are four games into a long season; it’s too early to panic.  Too early to be a little concerned?  Maybe not.

Sunday’s loss at Connecticut positions the Gators at 2-2 heading into the Charleston Classic on Thursday.  Their two wins are against North Florida and Towson, and the Gators needed every minute to escape the Tigers in Gainesville.

Beyond the record, it’s the numbers.  Through four games, Florida has made just 38.4 percent of its field goals and 24.1 percent of its three-point attempts.  They are averaging more turnovers (11.8) per game than assists (10.8).  The Gators look completely out of sync. Read more…

Quick Takes: Myles Powell impresses, Florida survives

November 15, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015In a word, what Myles Powell did Thursday night against Michigan State was … impressive.  Powell poured in 37 points and looked every bit the part of a Player-of-the-Year candidate.  All while nursing a reported high ankle sprain.

Cassius Winston was good, too.  He led the Spartans with 21.  But the story of the night for MSU was the impromptu arrival of freshman Malik Hall, who scored 17 points in 19 minutes while posting a perfect shooting night (7-7 from the field, included 3-3 beyond the arc).  For what it’s worth, the Spartans looked the part of a No. 1 seed by forging a tough road win in a hostile environment against a high-level opponent.  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 1 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…

Bracket Bits: Mid-week bubble games worth tracking

March 12, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015It will be a decisive week for several teams along the bubble.  For starters, we have a variety of power conference teams trying to maneuver their way through league tournaments.  We also have some quality mid-major programs with viable profiles who are waiting and watching as events unfold.

With that in mind, here’s a quick peek at some mid-week bubble games that could have significant bracket ramifications come Sunday night …

WEDNESDAY
Clemson vs. NC State (ACC) … Whether both of these ACC bubble teams can make the final bracket remains to be seen.  But this has the look and feel of a potential elimination game.  It likely depends on how the Selection Committee uses its newly minted NET ratings for selection and whether or not the Committee’s prior emphasizes on a team’s non-conference strength of schedule remains part of the current equation.  For what it’s worth, each team’s SOS and NC-SOS are still noted on the NCAA’s official team sheets.

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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…

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…