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Quick Takes: Saturday’s wild W’s and L’s

February 11, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Well, that was a wild Saturday!  We had some impressive victories – none more than Virginia Tech win at Virginia.  We also had some head-scratching losses – Providence dropping a home game to DePaul by double-digits?

One could spend hours trudging through the full, madness-filled day that was Saturday.  But this is Quick Takes, so here are a few of the most notable takeaways through the prism of winners and losers …

Saturday’s winners:

  • Virginia Tech’s win at Virginia tops the list.
  • Texas AM – watch out for the Aggies who appear to have righted their previously wayward ship.  They’ve won four straight after beating Kentucky on Saturday, which came after a win at Auburn.
  • North Carolina – took care of NC State on the road after beating Duke; thus, avoiding a let-down.
  • Michigan State – by beating Purdue, the Spartans are back in the Big Ten race.  They’ve also positioned themselves to be in the conversation for a top-two seed on Selection Sunday if they close with a flurry.
  • Oklahoma State and Baylor – the Cowboys won at West Virginia; Baylor beat Kansas. Both are back into the bubble picture again.
  • Gonzaga – exacted revenge by going on the road to beat Saint Mary’s.

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Bracketology: Xavier vaults to top line

January 5, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015College hoops is as unpredictable as ever – which makes for great viewing and a lot movement in early bracket projections.  With Arizona State’s loss Thursday night in Colorado, the Xavier Musketeers slide up a spot on the seed list and enter the weekend as the No. 1 seed in the West Region.  Duke (South), Michigan State (Midwest), and Villanova (East) remain in their same positions.

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One could make a good case for Oklahoma or West Virginia on the top line, too.  Which makes Saturday’s tilt between the Sooners and Mountaineers in Morgantown that much more interesting.  If Oklahoma snags another quality road win tomorrow, (they already have wins at TCU and Wichita State), it’ll be hard to keep the Sooners off the top line regardless of Xavier’s outcome at Providence.

Bracketology: Duke, Michigan State lead trek to Selection Sunday

January 2, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015As the new year dawns, Duke and Michigan State lead our trek toward Selection Sunday.  Neither of those should come as a surprise.  Arizona State and Oklahoma, on the other hand?  That’s a different story.  The Sun Devils and Sooners have put together impressive runs.  ASU and OU anchor the West Region as its top two seeds.

Bracketology  |  Seed List

The new year also means more frequent updates.  Given what we’ve seen so far?  It should be fun.  On a quick housekeeping note, projected conference champions (for the bracket) reflect the current standings. Ties are broken by the RPI leader based on the loss column.

Seed List: Arizona State reaches top line

December 12, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015Arizona State has earned its position on the No. 1 seed line.  After beating Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse on Sunday, the Sun Devils’ list of non-conference scalps includes these additional names: Xavier, St. John’s, Kansas State, and San Diego State.  Of those, only SDSU came at home.  More likely than not, ASU will be 12-0 heading into its Pac-12 opener at Arizona on December 30.

Seed List update

Villanova now sits at No. 1, followed by Michigan State, Duke, and the aforementioned Sun Devils.

Teams moving up include Xavier, Seton Hall, West Virginia, Florida State, and Arizona (after its rough start in the Bahamas).  Teams falling include Florida, Cincinnati, Minnesota, UCLA, and USC.  The Trojans have dropped from a preseason No. 2 seed all the way to the cutline.  While it’s doubtful the talented Trojans will stay there, they are 0-3 vs. the currently-projected NCAA-level teams on their schedule.

 

Quick Takes: Duke building a top seed resume

November 27, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015We’re two weeks into the college basketball season and Duke is well on its way toward another No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.  The Blue Devils’ early resume includes neutral court wins over Michigan State, Texas, and Florida.  Considering that MSU and Florida should both end up as high seeds themselves, that’s impressive – especially given the youth on Duke’s roster.  Marvin Bagley III is as good as advertised – maybe better.   And the Blue Devils will only improve as the season progresses, or one would think.  If you’re a Duke fan, your team’s tournament road through Charlotte and Atlanta (South Region) is looking like a pretty good wager.

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Quick Takes: Minnesota-Bama and PK-80 showdowns

November 26, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Minnesota found itself playing five on three (yes, 5 on 3) to close out its game against Alabama.  And nearly found a way to lose its lead.  You’ve probably seen video and read the story, but if not, read and watch more here (per ESPN).  Crimson Tide freshman Collin Sexton scored 40 points and got ‘Bama within three before the final margin (89-84) was etched in the books. Crazy.  I’ve seen a triangle-and-two defense before; not sure I’ve ever seen a triangle-and-none.

Somewhere down the road, the Selection Committee might be reviewing game results and come across this interesting twist.  Minnesota earned a neutral-court win; Alabama a close loss.  But the final score doesn’t tell the story.  Chance are, this will be a game neither team needs to make the NCAA tournament.  Could it affect seed line?  It may never come up, but if it does, it would be fun to be a fly on the wall in the Committee room.

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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.

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