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Bracket Bits: The value of road wins

January 8, 2020 Leave a comment

Dave2015When the Selection Committee gathers in two months to select and seed teams for the 2020 NCAA tournament, road wins (and overall road performance) often serve as a separating factor when comparing Team Sheets.  Who did you beat?  And where did you beat them?

That’s not to suggest that home wins aren’t important or that the Committee ignores losses (home or road – or in high numbers), rather, it’s a reminder that true road wins are a bit like gold: hard to find but of great value.

With that caveat in place – and conference play now in full swing – we note a few of Tuesday’s victorious road warriors: Baylor (at Texas Tech), Kentucky (at Georgia), Villanova (at Creighton), Houston (at Temple), Providence (at Marquette) and Florida (at South Carolina).  If we ranked those, it might look like this: Villanova, Baylor, Kentucky, Providence, Houston, and Florida. Read more…

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 Leave a 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…