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Bracketology: Duke vaults to No. 1 overall seed

November 29, 2021 Leave a comment

Dave2015Now that we’re done with Feast Week and its plethora of holiday tournaments, time for a quick bracket update.  One choice was easy: Duke’s victory over Gonzaga vaulted the Blue Devils into the No. 1 overall seed position.  Duke also owns a neutral-court victory over Kentucky, which resides on the two-line.  Joining Duke as Region leaders: Gonzaga (West), Purdue (Midwest) and UCLA (South).

Seed List

As usual, we have a wide range of early information.  Some teams have played multiple quality opponents.  Others have yet to leave the confines of home – or even be tested.  So take this edition of Bracketology for what it is … a snapshot in time based on a variety of factors.

Early kudos to Iowa State and Arizona, two of the most notable climbers, along with Marquette.  It’s been a mixed bag on the mid-major front.  We’ve seen some big victories and some unfortunate slow starts.  We’ll have a larger at-large conversation ahead of 2022.

Quick Takes: Marquette keeps rolling

November 20, 2021 Leave a comment

QuickTakesMarquette started its seed-list climb with an upset victory over Illinois during the Gavitt Tip Off games.  The Golden Eagles have since added wins over Ole Miss and West Virginia at the Charleston Classic.  Sunday, Shaka Smart’s crew gets a shot at St. Bonaventure in the title game.  Raise your hand if you thought Marquette would be 5-0 with three W’s over potential NCAA teams before Thanksgiving?

Looking ahead, the Golden Eagles host UCLA on December 11 and also get chances against Wisconsin and Kansas State.  Read more…

Quick Takes: Marquette turns over Illinois

November 16, 2021 Leave a comment

QuickTakesMarquette turned Illinois over Monday night.  Literally.  As in, Illinois committed 26 turnovers.  Credit the Golden Eagles “havoc” under new coach Shaka Smart.  Also credit some ill-advised play from the Illini.  Yes, Illinois was without Kofi Cockburn, but … 26 turnovers?  That’s a recipe for losing, regardless.  Good win for Marquette.  Not-so-good loss for Illinois.  

Moving on …

  • Providence held off Wisconsin to win at the Kohl Center.  The Fryers were just outside the “Field” on Monday morning.  This is not a vintage Badger team, but road wins always matter.
  • Belmont outlasted Furman in OT.  Great game between two quality non-majors; both of whom could play in March.  Chattanooga is a quality bunch in the Southern Conference, too.  Keep an eye on the Paladins and Mocs.
  • Oregon State absorbed a loss at Tulsa – meaning the Beavers have dropped back-to-back games.  Tough start for a team hoping for an NCAA tournament encore.
  • Washington State slipped UC-Santa Barbara.  Not a high profile victory, but solid.  UCSB and UC-Irvine should duke it out for the Big West title and a chance to play spoiler down the road.

More great hoops ahead this week.

Bracket Bits: Six teams that could still use opening round wins

March 9, 2020 Leave a comment

Dave2015With Utah State securing its Dance Ticket by upsetting San Diego State in the Mountain West championship game, we already have one less at-large spot available.  The Aggies might have made it regardless, but all doubts have been erased.

With that as a backdrop, here is a corresponding disclaimer:  The Bubble extends deeper into the bracket than it appears.

As we sit today, the 11-seed line contains all four play-in participants.  That means teams along the 10-seed line are hovering perilously close to the cutline.  Which also means that the nine-seeds are close enough to the edge of the Field that a poor week could leave them vulnerable to being passed.

Below is a quick peak at six teams above the immediate fray who could still benefit from at least one victory at conference tournaments this week … Read more…

Quick Takes: USU stumbles at UNLV

January 2, 2020 Leave a comment

Dave2015Winning conference road games is never easy, regardless of the opponent.  So it’s certainly not shocking to learn that Utah State stumbled at UNLV.  The bigger question is how the Aggies navigate their Mountain West Conference journey moving forward.

USU’s non-conference profile includes neutral-court wins over LSU and Florida and losses to Saint Mary’s and BYU.  As it stands this morning, San Diego State and perhaps New Mexico (coming off a loss at San Jose State – gulp) are the best opportunities for Quad 1 and/or 2 wins moving forward – making Saturday’s home date with SDSU an important marker on the Aggies’ Team Sheet. Read more…