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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 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…

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…