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Seed List: Ohio State vaults to No. 1

December 14, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015Anyway you slice it, Ohio State has been impressive.  Unblemished at 9-0, the Buckeyes are riding a two-game high that includes a 25-point road win at North Carolina and a 32-point home win over Penn State.  Couple those with a 25-point victory over Villanova and a season-opening win over Cincinnati, and it’s easy to vault OSU into the pole position on the Seed List.

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Next is Kansas, which has been impressive, too, since its turnover-laden opening night loss to Duke.  Louisville falls to third after dropping its first game – which vaulted Texas Tech back up the Seed List a bit.  Gonzaga, fresh off a strong road win at Washington, grabs the final top-line position.

After a relatively quiet week, hoops revs up again this weekend.  It’s hard to believe we’re quickly approaching 2020.

 

Bracketology: Cards, Buckeyes lead at opening turn

December 10, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015At the quarter-turn of our race to Selection Sunday, the Louisville Cardinals lead Ohio State by a nose for the No. 1 overall seed.  Close behind are Michigan, Kansas, Gonzaga and Maryland.  The Buckeyes and Wolverines are the surprise entries among that group, although both have earned their positions with impressive performances out of the gate.

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While the first turn provides a quick glance at the Field,  we still have three-quarters of the race to run – including a daunting backstretch and the turn for home known as conference play.  Those grueling furlongs tend to separate the pretenders and contenders.

Early brackets are notoriously fluid; margins between teams are thin. Early projections also tend to produce some quirkiness – especially related to conference balance.  Keep those things in mind.  By next month we could see a lot of changes.

Quick Takes: Cards, Blue Devils win the night

December 4, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015Louisville’s defense suffocated Michigan.

It’s was that simple Tuesday night at the KFC Yum! Center.  The previously hot Wolverines missed 43 of 58 shots, including 16 of 19 three-point attempts. By game’s end, Big Blue had racked up a whopping 43 points.  For comparison sakes, Michigan averaged 79 points-per-game while sweeping through Iowa State, North Carolina and Gonzaga at the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Assuming the Cardinals dispatch Pittsburgh at home on Friday, they will be the top overall seed in next Monday’s bracket.

Duke wasn’t as defensively dominant in the scoring column, but the Blue Devils rattled Michigan State early and kept the Spartans off balance with an in-your-face mentality in East Lansing.  It was a nice bounce-back victory after last week’s shocking home loss to Stephen F. Austin.  Duke heads to Virginia Tech on Friday. Read more…

Seed List: Oregon, Gonzaga feasting for top line

November 28, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015Beyond our turkey and stuffing today, we can fill our plates with a casserole of college hoops.  The top choice is Oregon and Gonzaga at the Battle 4 Atlantis.  As our first in-season bracket prepares to drop on Monday, the Ducks and Bulldogs are feasting for a spot on the No. 1 seed line.

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Oregon’s late-night rally over Seton Hall on Wednesday gives the Ducks early wins over full-strength Memphis, Houston and Seton Hall, two of those on neutral courts.  It might be hard to find a better true resume right now.

We begin the morning with a No. 1 seed line in this order … Louisville (Midwest), Oregon (West), Kansas (South), Ohio State (East).  Gonzaga, North Carolina and Maryland are next in line – with both the Zags and Tar Heels in Atlantis – and those two could potentially meet in the title game.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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.

Seed List: Cards dealt to top of deck

November 16, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015With Michigan State and Kentucky both dropping early games, our first in-season Seed List update finds the Louisville Cardinals dealt the No. 1 overall hand.  The next three in line as No. 1 seeds: Duke, Michigan State and Kansas.  If you were assigning regions it would look like this … Louisville (Midwest), Duke (East), Michigan State (South), Kansas (West).

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Louisville impressed in its opening road win at Miami, then cruised to a pair of home wins, most recently over Indiana State.  Looking ahead, the Cards schedule stays light until a four-game swing at the end of November and early December that includes Western Kentucky, Michigan, Pittsburgh and Texas Tech in succession.

Ohio State vaults to the two-line with early wins over Cincinnati and Villanova.  Other notable climbers include Washington, Texas, Oklahoma, San Diego State and Missouri within the Field of 68.  Those trending down include Davidson, Alabama and Providence.

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…