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Bracketology: Gonzaga eyes West Region

January 3, 2020 Leave a comment

Dave2015Once again, Mark Few’s Gonzaga Bulldogs have positioned themselves to be a high seed in March.  As the new year dawns, the Zags are clear front-runners for a No. 1 seed in the West Region.

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Elsewhere – as we renew our countdown toward Selection Sunday – the other No. 1 seeds include Kansas, Duke, and Baylor.  Those four are closely followed by three surprising, but deserving teams: Butler, West Virginia and San Diego State.  All three have built impressive resumes through the two months of play.

Given the parity in college hoops, this year’s Selection Committee figures to have some tough choices ahead.

Bracketology: Gonzaga latest to lead Field

December 26, 2019 2 comments

Dave2015Following recent road wins at Washington and Arizona, the Gonzaga Bulldogs move to the top of the Seed List and hold the No. 1 overall seed in our post-Christmas bracket.  With an earlier win over Oregon also on board, the Zags’ biggest challenges to a No. 1 seed in the West are likely an improved West Coast Conference schedule (most notably BYU and Saint Mary’s) and a very real threat from Oregon, who figures to have more Quad 1/2 wins available in the Pac-12.

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The rest of the top line: Ohio State, Kansas, Duke.  Baylor and Oregon are next in line, followed by Louisville and Butler.  The Bulldogs from Indianapolis are tied with Duke for the most wins against Quad 1 teams (4).  Keep this in mind, too: Butler is a one-point road loss at Baylor from potentially being a No. 1 seed this morning.  We’ll see where the Dawgs go from here. The Big East is shaping up to be a monstrous gauntlet. Read more…

Seed List: Ohio State vaults to No. 1

December 14, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015Anyway you slice it, Ohio State has been impressive.  Unblemished at 9-0, the Buckeyes are riding a two-game high that includes a 25-point road win at North Carolina and a 32-point home win over Penn State.  Couple those with a 25-point victory over Villanova and a season-opening win over Cincinnati, and it’s easy to vault OSU into the pole position on the Seed List.

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Next is Kansas, which has been impressive, too, since its turnover-laden opening night loss to Duke.  Louisville falls to third after dropping its first game – which vaulted Texas Tech back up the Seed List a bit.  Gonzaga, fresh off a strong road win at Washington, grabs the final top-line position.

After a relatively quiet week, hoops revs up again this weekend.  It’s hard to believe we’re quickly approaching 2020.

 

Seed List: Oregon, Gonzaga feasting for top line

November 28, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015Beyond our turkey and stuffing today, we can fill our plates with a casserole of college hoops.  The top choice is Oregon and Gonzaga at the Battle 4 Atlantis.  As our first in-season bracket prepares to drop on Monday, the Ducks and Bulldogs are feasting for a spot on the No. 1 seed line.

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Oregon’s late-night rally over Seton Hall on Wednesday gives the Ducks early wins over full-strength Memphis, Houston and Seton Hall, two of those on neutral courts.  It might be hard to find a better true resume right now.

We begin the morning with a No. 1 seed line in this order … Louisville (Midwest), Oregon (West), Kansas (South), Ohio State (East).  Gonzaga, North Carolina and Maryland are next in line – with both the Zags and Tar Heels in Atlantis – and those two could potentially meet in the title game.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Quick Takes: Catapulting toward March

November 20, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015It’s November, but if we catapult ahead to March, it’s easy to see why Anthony Lamb and Vermont might be this year’s version of must-see TV during the first Thursday or Friday of March Madness®.  Lamb put up 30 points against Virginia Tuesday night, carrying his Catamounts to a near-upset of the Cavaliers in Charlottesville.  For context, UVA gave up a total of 34 points to the entire Syracuse team at the Carrier Dome on opening night.

With a win at St. John’s in tow – thanks to Lamb’s last-second heroics – Vermont gets another chance to build its at-large resume during a trip to Cincinnati on December 3.  They also host UNC-Greensboro on December 18.  It’s way too early to think about the bubble, but if Vermont puts together a Belmont-esque resume by Selection Sunday, it’ll be interesting to see how things work out should the Catamounts fall in the America East tournament. 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.

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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 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…