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Quick Takes: Avoid the risk of overreacting in November

November 13, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015The morning after college basketball reminded us – again – that anything is possible, another reminder is waiting: there are risks to overreacting to single-game results, especially in early November.

As Evansville coach Walter McCarty noted last night after his Aces knocked off No. 1-ranked Kentucky at Rupp Arena, “This is a great day to be a Purple Ace.”  And indeed it was. The Aces outplayed UK throughout and deserved to win.

It was also one result. On one night. On a four-month journey.  Assuredly, both coaches know that as well.

Where do the teams go from here?  Ultimately, the answer to that question is what matters most.  When we look back at each team’s resume in March, will Tuesday’s result be a defining moment or a footnote? Read more…

Quick Takes: Louisville shows its mettle in early ACC road opener

November 8, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015As the first weekend of college hoops arrives, Quick Takes returns.

In full acknowledgement of Kentucky’s win over Michigan State and Duke’s victory over Kansas, we’re going to slip past Manhattan and begin our Quick Takes road trip in Coral Gables.

Still without two of its expected contributors (Malik Williams and David Johnson – both nursing injuries), the Louisville Cardinals burst from a slow start and steamrolled Miami in each team’s ACC opener – yes, that’s a new twist. The Cardinals led by 30-plus points during the second half, with Jordan Nwora pouring in 23 to lead five Cardinals in double figures.  Conference road games are never easy and this was Game 1.  Some impressive early mettle. 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…

Bracketology: Carolina, Kentucky move up

March 11, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015We begin a new week with two new No. 1 seeds … North Carolina and Kentucky.  The Tar Heels arrive after completing a season sweep of Duke.  The Wildcats arrive after beating Florida and having Tennessee fall at Auburn.

Bracketology   |   Seed List

The Blue Devils and Volunteers are next on the Seed List and could move back up with strong tourney showings.  Keep an eye, too, on Michigan State.  The Spartans beat Michigan a second time and winning the Big Ten tournament would put them in the conversation for a one seed.

Along the bubble, a few early-round tournament games might well end up being de-facto elimination games, especially in the ACC, Big East, and Big 10.  The cutline is a very unsettled landscape and it’s likely to change several times between now and Sunday.

Then we have teams like Belmont and Furman, both of whom must sit, wait, and watch.  It’s going to be a long week.

Quick Takes: Carolina keeps rolling

February 27, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015North Carolina has won 11 of its past 12 games.  Victories in that stretch include Virginia Tech, Louisville, Duke, Florida State, and Syracuse.  The Tar Heels’ lone loss? Virginia.  If you look at the ACC standings this morning, you’ll find Carolina a half-game up on Virginia; tied in the loss column.  UNC is not only in contention for an ACC regular-season title, the Heels are also in contention for a No. 1 seed.

Kentucky need a little Hero Ball from Tyler Herro, whose 29 points allowed the Wildcats to avoid a home stumble against Arkansas.  The victory will keep UK on the one-line when the next bracket arrives on Thursday. Read more…

Bracketology: Kentucky returns to top line

February 25, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015Kentucky began its bracket journey as the projected No. 1 seed in the South Region last October.  As March nears, the Wildcats return to the top line, holding the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region.  For context, UK has lost just twice since the start of 2019, by a combined four points.

Bracketology   |    Seed List

Duke continues as the No. 1 overall seed, followed by Virginia and Gonzaga.  Tennessee, North Carolina, Michigan State and Michigan remain in the top-seed discussion.  All eight have a lot at stake these next three weeks.

The cutline is equally compelling.  Will some early contenders make late runs to regain a look?  Will teams like Texas, Minnesota, and Ohio State hold on?  Will this be the year we see an at-large bid or two granted to deserving mid-majors?  The Madness is about to begin.