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Quick Takes: Injury impacts

December 19, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015Injuries are an unfortunate byproduct of sports.  College hoops is no exception.  Injuries take a toll on both the player and his team.  Arizona’s Allonzo Trier left Monday’s game against North Dakota State with what was deemed a bruised knee; let’s hope that’s all it is.  Texas is currently without leading scorer Andrew Jones (wrist); the Longhorns barely escaped Tennessee State.  We also learned that Texas AM will be without guard Admon Gilder for two or three weeks with a knee injury.  These and other situations will be monitored by the Selection Committee.

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Quick Takes: Keep an eye on Texas AM

November 11, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015As this is our first in-season Quick Takes, let me offer a brief reminder: one game does not a season nor a resume make.  Nonetheless, Texas AM put together an impressive debut Friday night.  The Aggies beat a good West Virginia team at Ramstein Air Base in Germany without Robert Williams (one of their best players) and point guard J.J. Caldwell.  Did I mention they were also down 13 points early?  The takeaway?  When fully assembled, Texas AM appears more than capable of challenging Kentucky and Florida for top billing in the SEC.

A few other Quick Takes from opening night: Read more…

Quick Takes: Can FSU take it on the road?

January 11, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015Florida State keeps piling up quality wins.  After beating Duke in Tallahassee on Tuesday, the Seminoles are 4-0 in the ACC and have seven wins against the Top 50 of the RPI – the most of any team in the nation.  The only remaining question is this: Can FSU take it on the road?  We ask because, to date, the Seminoles only true road game has been their win at UVA.  Next up, a trip to Chapel Hill.  There’s also a three-game road swing at the end of January.  Navigate those and FSU will be in the No. 1 seed discussion as the calendar flips to February.

No real surprise that Baylor lost at West Virginia.  The margin might be a little surprising, but the Mountaineers are a tough matchup, particularly in Morgantown.  We’ll see how the Bears respond. Read more…

Bracketology: The race for No. 1 seeds

December 30, 2016 Leave a comment

Dave2015It’s New Year’s weekend.  Conference play has started.  The race toward March is upon us, and with it, the race for No. 1 Seeds.  Today, those slots belong to Villanova, Kansas, Baylor, and UCLA.  Villanova’s survival against DePaul, and UCLA’s last-second loss at Oregon do not change those team’s positions.  Opinions vary, of course, but the next four spots on the Seed List look like this: Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Gonzaga.  If you have a different order, that’s fine.  For me, UCLA’s win at Kentucky still trumps a one-loss Duke team, whose best win is Florida on a neutral court.

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Indiana and Texas AM take the biggest slides.  When the Hoosiers are good, they’re really good – as noted by wins over Kansas and Carolina.  But IU has also been inconsistent and played a rather ugly non-conference schedule for a team with its roster and pedigree.  The result?  IU has an RPI of 122 (as of this posting), with the loss at Fort Wayne and then at home to Nebraska.  The Hoosiers are too talented to be concerned, but a protected seed has to be earned.  With that in mind, Louisville awaits on Saturday. Read more…

Bracket Bits: The gift of Saturday hoops

December 18, 2015 Leave a comment

Dave2015Given the Christmas season, it’s appropriate that Saturday is wrapped with an extravaganza of college hoops.  You can start with the Crossroads Classic and meander through a variety of resume-worthy matchups.

Visit the Schedule page for a complete list of games worth tracking.

Here’s a quick peek at a few of the more important resume games on tap …

Utah vs. Duke – After a drubbing at the hands of Wichita State (with Fred VanVleet in the lineup), the Utes are searching for a signature win and this is their last chance before Pac-12 play begins.

Wichita State at Seton Hall – The Shockers certainly look like a different team with VanVleet on the court.  But with four early losses on the docket, every quality win counts.  As for Seton Hall, beating a healthy(ier) WSU team would add another notch to the  Pirates’ profile that already features wins over Ole Miss and Georgia. Read more…

December 1 Seed List: Syracuse, Xavier climb

December 1, 2015 Leave a comment

Dave2015Syracuse and Xavier are among the biggest Seed List movers as December arrives.  Ahead of an exciting Big Ten-ACC Challenge, the Orange sit at No. 10 (a three-seed) and Xavier at No. 13 (top four seed).

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It’s certainly been a wild couple of weeks in college hoops.  We’ve already written about the Monmouth Hawks, one of several mid-majors to put notable non-conference wins on their resumes.  The challenge will be maintaining momentum in the weeks and months ahead.  Fast starts do not always equate to strong finishes.

It’s early, so the Seed List will continue to ebb and flow.  We’ve seen unexpected slow starts from teams like Indiana, California, and LSU.  Not to mention Wichita State, which has been devastated by injuries and a heap of early losses.

With such a small sample size, it’s too soon to draw lasting conclusions.  But November has certainly left several power-conference teams with work to do in December.  We’ll see how it plays out.  As a quick reminder, SMU is not listed on the Seed List because the Mustangs are not eligible for post-season play.  Enjoy another week of hoops!

Bracket Bits: Inside the ACC-Big Ten Challenge

December 1, 2014 Leave a comment

dave1Ask someone which ACC-Big Ten Challenge game they are most looking forward to and you’ll likely hear a common answer: Duke at Wisconsin.  That’s certainly the headliner, with two projected No. 1 seeds battling at the Kohl Center.

But let’s dig a bit deeper – because barring a collapse, both the Blue Devils and Badgers will be Dancing as high seeds.  This is a much more important event for teams like Florida State, Indiana, Pittsburgh, Purdue, and NC State.  Let’s take a look:

Nebraska at Florida State – The Seminoles have staggered out of the gate, at one point losing three straight to Northeastern, Providence, and Massachusetts.  A victory over Nebraska would begin to rebuild a non-conference resume that finds a victory over Manhattan as its best asset.  For the Huskers, who dropped an OT decision at Rhode Island, a road win at FSU would build some momentum ahead of a date with rival Creighton on Sunday. Read more…

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