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Quick Takes: Providence, FSU post key wins

February 15, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015How unpredictable has college hoops been this season?  Look no further than Providence.  This past weekend, the Friars lost by double-digits at home to DePaul.  On the same floor Wednesday night, those same Friars took down Villanova.  Opposite ends of the spectrum, for sure.

It was also a big night for Florida State.  Heading into Wednesday night’s game against Clemson, the Seminoles had dropped three of four, including road tilts at Wake Forest and Notre Dame.  Then they found themselves down 18 points to the Tigers.  They needed a rally – and found it.  And that quickly, resume life looks a little more stable again for FSU.

Additional Quick Takes from Wednesday … Read more…

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Quick Takes: Purdue building its resume

January 10, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Somewhat quietly, Purdue is building its resume.  The Boilermakers squeaked out a win at Michigan on Tuesday, adding another “Group 1” victory to its NCAA folder.  These things ebb and flow, but as of this morning, Purdue is 5-1 vs. Group 1, the most wins of any team against that metric on the NCAA’s new team sheets.  What’s more, all six of its Group 1 games have been away from home; three neutral, three on the road.  Impressive work.  Purdue began the week at No. 6 on the Seed List and could reach the top line by Friday.  While the Big Ten is down by past standards, the upper half of the league still has some good teams.   Read more…

Bracket Bits: Top 5 matchups of New Year’s weekend

December 28, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015New Year’s weekend is a cornucopia for college sports fans – bowl games on the turf and bracket games on the hardwood.  Whether because of rivalry or projected importance, here are my Top 5 matchups of New Year’s weekend …

Arizona State at Arizona (Saturday, Dec. 30) – The Pac-12 title could end up being decided by these in-state rivals.  ASU has been this season’s biggest surprise. Arizona stumbled out of the gate, but has since righted the ship, winning seven straight against teams that include UNLV, Texas AM, and Alabama.  Thus, the winner gets an early leg-up in what could be a two-horse Pac-12 race.  The return game in Tempe is February 15.  Circle that one, too. Read more…

Quick Takes: Tough day for Cats, ‘Canes

December 24, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015Kentucky and Miami-FL received a couple of unwelcome presents on Saturday.  UK’s arrived wrapped in UCLA paper; Miami’s covered in a New Mexico State print.  For the Wildcats, who started five freshman against the Bruins, some bumps are expected.  Losing to a re-tooling UCLA outfit qualifies as one of those.  If they bounce back against Louisville on Friday, the Cats will have gone 2-2 against their top non-conference opponents.  And unlike some previous years, plenty of quality wins await in the SEC.  As for the Hurricanes, the loss stings a little more.  First, it means their final game in Honolulu will be against Middle Tennessee instead of USC (even though USC has underachieved).  Second, it leaves us wondering a little about the Canes’ resolve.  Other than an early win at Minnesota (ACC-Big10 Challenge), Miami has played a rather ho-hum schedule.  The loss, perhaps, adds a little urgency to the team’s opening ACC slate, which includes three of five on the road.

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Quick Takes: Purdue, ASU post under-the-radar wins

November 15, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015Overshadowed by the Champions Classic at the United Center in Chicago, Purdue and Arizona State posted under-the-radar wins on Tuesday.  The Boilermakers notched a road victory at Marquette.  Arizona State handled San Diego State at home.  While neither of those Ws are likely to draw headlines, they still figure to be worthwhile resume points down the line.

Other Quick Takes from Tuesday:  Read more…

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: Five tasty weekend matchups

March 18, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015Between Thursday and Friday, three eleven seeds won.  We also had the usual 12 over 5-seed.  And yet, the first two days of the 2017 NCAA tournament feel rather chalky.  Maybe that’s because the twelve seed, Middle Tennessee State, was actually favored to win its matchup with Minnesota.  Also, were we surprised to see Xavier beat Maryland? Or Rhode Island trip up a less-than-healthy Creighton?  If there was a surprise, it’s USC.  The Trojans rallied from double-digit deficits twice, beating Providence in the First Four, and then SMU on Friday.

While the results might leave us a little hungry, the Round of 32 looks might tasty. My Quick Takes on the weekend’s top five matchups …

Gonzaga vs. Northwestern – We could rename this game: Ultimate Underdog vs. New Kids on the Block.  While Gonzaga is respected for its consistent excellence, the Bulldogs have never reached a Final Four and remain many people’s pick as first No. 1 seed to lose.  Thus, the pressure is squarely on the Zags, who struggled to score against South Dakota State (shooting 39 percent overall and 27 percent from 3).  The good news: Gonzaga no longer relies on its offense to carry the day.  Flipping the page, Northwestern might be the feel good story of the year. They survived a late rally by Vanderbilt to win their first-ever NCAA tournament game in their first-ever appearance. And who doesn’t enjoy those sidelines shots of Doug Collins and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, right? Read more…

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