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Seed List: Duke moves to No. 1

November 23, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015With victories over Cal and Georgetown at the 2K Empire Classic in New York, Duke’s resume slides past Louisville and moves the Blue Devils to No. 1 overall on the Seed List.  Duke also owns an opening-night win over Kansas on the same Madison Square Garden court.  Maybe it’s the newest incarnation of Cameron Indoor?

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The rest of the top line remains the same: Louisville, Michigan State and Kansas.  If we were assigning regions, it would look like this … Duke (East), Louisville (Midwest), Michigan State (South) and Kansas (West).

Ohio State, Oregon, Gonzaga and North Carolina are next in line.  The biggest climbers in the past week: Penn State, Georgetown, Connecticut and Temple.  Evansville, Alabama and South Carolina are among those sliding.  All of that noted, we still have several teams who have yet to leave the confines of their home floor and/or play an opponent that provides an insight into where the team stands.  Feast Week provides many of those teams an opportunity to clarify.

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.

Preseason Bracket
Preseason Seed List

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…

Quick Takes: Road woes continue for Kansas

February 6, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015Don’t adjust your rearview mirror.  What you’re looking at is actually there.  It’s just hard to believe – because we’re so used to seeing the Kansas Jayhawks leading the Big 12 parade.  But this year’s team, with its injuries and new pieces, has found their journey a bit more bumpy, especially on the road.

With its loss Tuesday night in Manhattan, KU is now 1-6 in true road games.  That’s unfamiliar territory for a program with a decades-plus worth of Big 12 trophies in its display case.  In a twist of irony, the Jayhawks lone road win came at Baylor back on January 12.  This morning, Baylor is tied with Kansas State (loss column) atop the conference race.

KU’s remaining league road games are TCU, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma. If they want to hold onto their current odds of an opening weekend in Tulsa (NCAA tournament pod), the Jayhawks may need to win at least two of those. Read more…

Quick Takes: Who’s the fourth No. 1 seed?

January 16, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015As we peek ahead toward Thursday’s bracket, one question stands out: Who’s the fourth No. 1 seed?  Is it Duke, which lost to Syracuse but was missing key players?  Is it Kansas, who has more Group 1 wins than anyone against the nation’s No. 1 schedule?  Or is it Michigan State, who is tied with KU with nine wins against Groups 1/2 and whose two losses (Kansas, at Louisville) are by a combined 10 points?

One could make a compelling case for any of the three, and since Selection Sunday is still two months away, it’s really not all that important today.  At quick glance, I would favor Kansas by a slight margin for these reasons: the Jayhawks’ top-rated schedule; their superior total of Group 1 wins, especially since two of those wins are Tennessee and Michigan State, and that head-to-head win over MSU as a tiebreaker.  The other No. 1’s on Thursday will be Michigan, Virginia, and the aforementioned Volunteers. Read more…

Seed List: Conference play will separate teams

January 8, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015With conference play underway, we start the process of further separating the haves and have-nots in college hoops.  Don’t get me wrong, non-conference performance matters, as it should – Oklahoma would not have made last year’s NCAA Tournament without an incredible non-conference season (and some might argue they shouldn’t have made it, regardless).  Either way, many teams will make or break their NCAA selection season over the next two months.

Seed List Update

For starters, conference play forces high majors to play true road games in hostile environments.  Secondly, winning away from home is a defining resume trait, for both selection and seeding. Read more…