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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…

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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)

Seed List Update

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.

Quick Takes: Gonzaga the new No. 1?

November 22, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Stuffed from its Maui feast, Gonzaga returns to the mainland with a victory over Duke and validation that another No. 1 seed in March is within its reach.  The question this Thanksgiving morning: Will the Bulldogs be No. 1 in the polls next week?

Not that it really matters right now – or ever, really.  Polls are fun and all, but largely meaningless when it comes to selection and seeding for the NCAA tournament.  So maybe the better question is actually: Will Gonzaga be No. 1 our next Seed List?  Right now, the answer would be yes.

Kansas and Tennessee play Friday in New York.  Should the Jayhawks beat the Volunteers, it would give KU victories over both Michigan State and Tennessee – which would be pretty good, too.  We’ll weigh the two resumes once the aforementioned results are complete. Read more…

Quick Takes: Saturday’s wild W’s and L’s

February 11, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Well, that was a wild Saturday!  We had some impressive victories – none more than Virginia Tech win at Virginia.  We also had some head-scratching losses – Providence dropping a home game to DePaul by double-digits?

One could spend hours trudging through the full, madness-filled day that was Saturday.  But this is Quick Takes, so here are a few of the most notable takeaways through the prism of winners and losers …

Saturday’s winners:

  • Virginia Tech’s win at Virginia tops the list.
  • Texas AM – watch out for the Aggies who appear to have righted their previously wayward ship.  They’ve won four straight after beating Kentucky on Saturday, which came after a win at Auburn.
  • North Carolina – took care of NC State on the road after beating Duke; thus, avoiding a let-down.
  • Michigan State – by beating Purdue, the Spartans are back in the Big Ten race.  They’ve also positioned themselves to be in the conversation for a top-two seed on Selection Sunday if they close with a flurry.
  • Oklahoma State and Baylor – the Cowboys won at West Virginia; Baylor beat Kansas. Both are back into the bubble picture again.
  • Gonzaga – exacted revenge by going on the road to beat Saint Mary’s.

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Quick Takes: Duke building a top seed resume

November 27, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015We’re two weeks into the college basketball season and Duke is well on its way toward another No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.  The Blue Devils’ early resume includes neutral court wins over Michigan State, Texas, and Florida.  Considering that MSU and Florida should both end up as high seeds themselves, that’s impressive – especially given the youth on Duke’s roster.  Marvin Bagley III is as good as advertised – maybe better.   And the Blue Devils will only improve as the season progresses, or one would think.  If you’re a Duke fan, your team’s tournament road through Charlotte and Atlanta (South Region) is looking like a pretty good wager.

Other Quick Takes from Sunday: Read more…

Quick Takes: 4 key Final Four questions

March 31, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015As North Carolina, Oregon, Gonzaga, and South Carolina complete final workouts in advance of Saturday’s Final Four, four key questions come to mind.  They are …

How healthy are Joel Berry ankles?  Given his game-winning shot against Kentucky, it would be tempting to look at Luke Maye’s bench production (12.5 ppg in NCAAs vs. 4.9 ppg in regular season) and wonder if he can sustain those numbers in Phoenix.  No question, North Carolina would like that to continue.  But the Tar Heels chances of reaching Monday’s title game and avenging last year’s loss hinge more on the health of Berry’s ankles.  How many minutes can he play?  How effective will he be?  Will his ankles be 70 percent? 80? We don’t know.  He may not either until he takes the court.  Standing between Carolina and another NCAA title are three solid defensive teams.  Oregon shut down Kansas, and South Carolina and Gonzaga are elite defensive groups.  As we saw against Duke in the ACC tourney, UNC can struggle when Berry’s off the floor. How healthy are Joel Berry’s ankles? The answer could well map out UNC’s final journey. Read more…

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