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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: Saint Mary’s crashes the Dance

March 13, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015And so it begins …

Saint Mary’s upset Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference final Tuesday night, crashing into the Dance and leaving a yet unknown bubble team in its wake.  We could be in for a wild few days.

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Bubble action revs up today as power conference tournaments advance.  Nowhere is that more true than in the Big East, ACC, and Big 12.  Tomorrow, additional bubble teams take the court in the Big Ten and SEC.  Stay tuned.

Bracketology: Gonzaga reclaims the West

February 4, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015With the Super Bowl behind us, the march to Selection Sunday is officially here.  Today’s bracket finds a new, but familiar face reigning over the West Region: Gonzaga.  Can the Zags hold on?  That’s the million dollar question in Spokane.

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The race is far from over.  We have several heavy hitters in play for all four No. 1 seed positions.  Teams such as Duke, Tennessee, Virginia, Michigan, Michigan State, Kentucky and North Carolina.  All have opportunities for resume building wins.  That’s not a knock on Gonzaga, who sits at No. 2 on the NCAA’s NET Ratings this morning.

February is moving month in college basketball.  The next three weeks will set the stage for March and Championship Week.  Results will define whose in play for this year’s final at-large spots.  Enjoy the ride.

Seed List: Gonzaga eyeing No. 1 Seed in West Region

February 2, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015Put yourself in Gonzaga’s shoes.  The Zags are No. 2 in the latest NET Ratings (only updated through January 30), No. 2 in the BPI, No. 4 at KenPom, and No. 6 in the SOR (Strength of Record) metric.  One of their top rotational players, Killian Tillie, missed the Bulldogs’ two losses (Tennessee, North Carolina).  They also have a victory over Duke.  In other words, another No. 1 seed is a realistic possibility.

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Now, let’s add in Phase 2 of the equation.  Gonzaga watched Michigan fall at Iowa on Friday night.  The Bulldogs also know that Michigan and Michigan State still play each other twice.  Tennessee and Kentucky also play twice between now and Selection Sunday.  And then there’s at least one more meeting between Duke and Virginia.  In other words, other No. 1 seed contenders will lose – potentially putting the Zags in prime position to claim the top seed in the West Region. Read more…

Bracket Bits: Weekend’s Top 10 UTR Bracket Games

December 8, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015With a backdrop of Happy Holidays! resonating in the background, we welcome back Bracket Bits and a festive weekend of college hoops  – highlighted by Gonzaga vs. Tennessee at the Talking Sticks Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Zags are in the middle of a four game stretch that includes wins over Creighton and Washington, and features Sunday’s tip against the Volunteers, followed by a cross-country trip to North Carolina on December 15.  Somewhere, the NET is smiling.

While Zags-Vols may be the talk of the town, so to speak, it takes 36 at-large teams to complete a bracket.  With that in mind, here are my picks for the under-the-radar Top 10 Bracket Games this weekend … Read more…

Quick Takes: Gonzaga show road mettle

December 3, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Road wins.  The Holy Grail for college hoops teams.

So on this Monday, here’s to Gonzaga, among others.  The Zags exited Omaha on Saturday with a better-than-you-think victory over Creighton.  If the game were a first semester exam, Gonzaga passed with flying colors.  Coming off a Maui championship, and missing a couple of key players, the Zags could easily have let one get away without much fanfare.

Theme in mind, let’s also extend some notable kudos to Louisville, Arizona, Nevada, and Texas Tech.  All four posted true road wins this weekend, too.  You want to separate yourself for selection or seeding in March?  Pile up road victories. Read more…

Seed List: Kansas edges Gonzaga for No. 1

November 24, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Last I checked, two is still greater than one.  Thus, when evaluating the No. 1 spot on this morning’s Seed List, Kansas edges Gonzaga.  The Jayhawks have neutral-court wins over both Michigan State and Tennessee.  Gonzaga has a that neutral-court win over Duke.  One can argue that Gonzaga’s win is “better,” but in a close call, KU has done a smidgen more.  As a nice consolation prize, the Zags sit at No. 2 – ahead of Duke and Nevada.  That would mean your No. 1 seed line would be … Kansas (Midwest), Gonzaga (West), Duke (East) and Nevada (South)

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The biggest climbers are Texas, Texas Tech, Arizona State, and Creighton within the current field, and teams such as Utah State, VCU, and Ole Miss in the Top 100.  Florida, Xavier, and TCU are among those moving in the opposite direction.

Nothing definitive yet, but the first in-season bracket could appear next weekend as we move into December.  Enjoy the rest of your Thanksgiving weekend.