Posts Tagged ‘Indiana Hoosiers’

Quick Takes: Wisconsin completes huge rally

December 9, 2021 Leave a comment

QuickTakesDown more than 20 points in the first half and by a 42-25 margin at halftime, Wisconsin completed a monumental rally to beat Indiana at the Kohl Center.  The Badgers outscored the Hoosiers 39-17 in the final 20 minutes.  Energizing victory for the hosts.  A challenging loss for the guests.  To date, Indiana’s resume presents us with a two-point victory over St. John’s, along with losses to Syracuse and Wisconsin.  The Hoosiers get Notre Dame at the Crossroads Classic. The rest of their slate is a tray of Holiday treats until a visit to Penn State on January 2.  Overall, it’s been a rather mundane start for the Hoosiers – at least in terms of results. Read more…

Quick Takes: Purdue dominates FSU, makes case for No. 1

December 1, 2021 Leave a comment

QuickTakesPurdue dominated Florida State at Mackey Arena on Tuesday.  The Boilermakers are going to be a tough out – every night.  With loud, raucous fans in the stands, good luck beating them at home.  Regardless, with Duke’s loss at Ohio State, Purdue will be the No. 1 overall seed when the bracket updates again on Saturday – assuming the Boilermakers beat Iowa at home on Friday night.

The only thing we haven’t seen Purdue accomplish – a true road victory.  The Boilers first such test is December 9 at Rutgers.  While that one shouldn’t be troublesome on paper, home court advantage is back.  Road wins will matter, again. Read more…

Quick Takes: Indiana edges St. Johns, Maryland falls to George Mason

November 18, 2021 Leave a comment

QuickTakesIndiana edged St. John’s in Bloomington.  Solid victory for IU.  Nothing-to-worry-about loss for St. John’s.  The Red Storm’s rally fell two points short.  That’s the Quick Take version of Wednesday’s result.

Still trying to figure out Maryland, and the Terrapins home loss to George Mason further clouds the issue.  Foremost, credit the Patriots, who moved to 4-0 on the season after knocking down 12 of 24 three-point attempts.  We’ll have to keep an eye on GMU in the Atlantic 10.

Other Quick Takes …

  • Michigan State routed Butler at Hinkle Fieldhouse.  No surprise.  The Bulldogs face tough sledding unless they can improve offensively. BU made just 28 percent of its field goals.  Poor shot selection lends itself to poor results.
  • Florida State survived Tulane.  It’s been a rather ho-hum start for the Seminoles.
  • NC State lost to Oklahoma State.  The Cowboys are, sadly, no longer in the NCAA picture.  Missed chance for the Pack.
  • At the top of the Seed List, UCLA, Texas and Baylor cruised.
  • Connecticut routed another opponent.  The Huskies’ first test arrives next Wednesday against Auburn at the Battle 4 Atlantis.

The Myrtle Beach Invitational and Charleston Classic get underway today.  Daytime basketball, folks! Enjoy.

Bracket Bits: Gonzaga wraps up the West; Wednesday’s Bubble games

March 11, 2020 Leave a comment

Dave2015With its win over Saint Mary’s in the West Coast Conference final, Gonzaga should be expecting another No. 1 Seed in the West Region on Sunday.  The Zags enter the 2020 NCAA tournament at 31-2.  While the Bulldogs’ non-conference schedule wasn’t as robust as usual (overall), metrics love the Zags and the Committee had them as a projected top seed during their reveal in February.  Between then and now, the Zags only loss was at BYU.

Five additional teams joined The Field: Northern Kentucky (Horizon), Yale (Ivy), North Dakota State (Summit), Robert Morris (NEC), Hofstra (Colonial). Read more…

Bracket Bits: Six teams that could still use opening round wins

March 9, 2020 Leave a comment

Dave2015With Utah State securing its Dance Ticket by upsetting San Diego State in the Mountain West championship game, we already have one less at-large spot available.  The Aggies might have made it regardless, but all doubts have been erased.

With that as a backdrop, here is a corresponding disclaimer:  The Bubble extends deeper into the bracket than it appears.

As we sit today, the 11-seed line contains all four play-in participants.  That means teams along the 10-seed line are hovering perilously close to the cutline.  Which also means that the nine-seeds are close enough to the edge of the Field that a poor week could leave them vulnerable to being passed.

Below is a quick peak at six teams above the immediate fray who could still benefit from at least one victory at conference tournaments this week … Read more…