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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.

 

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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.

Other Quick Takes from Sunday: Read more…

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.

Other Quick Takes for Sunday: Read more…

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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…

Preseason Bracket: Arizona, Duke headline Field

November 4, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015The best part of compiling a preseason bracket? Another college basketball season is about to begin.  The worst part? No games have been played.  No data points collected.  No wins or losses.  Nothing to compare and contrast. For the most part, the bracket comes down to speculation, expectation, and some good ole’ fashioned guess work.

Preseason Bracket Projection

Here’s what we think we know: Arizona, Duke, Michigan State, and Kansas are among a handful of teams expected to be good enough to challenge for No. 1 seeds … the Southeastern Conference (SEC) should be much improved, top to bottom …  so should the American, especially with the addition of Wichita State …. the top of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is loaded again, even if the depth of the league has some unanswered questions … and, then there’s the Big East, where Villanova remains the favorite, but strong competition lurks in more than a few places. Read more…

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Preseason: Familiar names top Seed List

November 4, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015As we embark on another journey toward Selection Sunday, our preseason leader in the clubhouse is … Arizona.  Despite some off-season turmoil, the Wildcats have their sights set on a Final Four appearance in San Antonio.  Who joins them as projected No. 1 seeds? How about these Blue Bloods: Duke, Michigan State, and Kansas.

Preseason Seed List

You can debate the order.  Some prefer Duke or Michigan State in first place.  Solid cases can be made for both.  As for the Jayhawks, they keep reloading, favored to win yet another Big 12 crown.  Will all four reach the Final Four?  History suggests otherwise.  There are simply too many variables, especially during a one-and-done tournament.  But each team has the roster, coaching, and cache to make the final weekend of college hoops. Read more…

2016 Tourney Tip-Off: Rapid-Fire Questions by Region

March 17, 2016 Leave a comment

Dave2015In three short, dramatic weeks, a familiar anthem will play.  You can almost hear One Shining Moment in the background.  If our Journey to Houston is as good as Championship Week – buzzer beaters, overtimes, half-court heaves –  it’ll be another event for the ages.

By now you’ve likely read hundreds of previews and tossed a couple of practice brackets in the trash.  Which upsets to pick?  Who’ll reach the Final Four?  Will Cinderella emerge?  So rather than simply provide you a list of picks (boring at best, wrong at worst), let’s take a peek at the possibilities – first as a whole, and then Region-by-Region.  Along the way, I’ll give you my selections for the Final Four.  It’ll give you something to throw in my face next November.

Tournament Questions …

Will a 16-Seed win?  Start with an easy question. No. Although it would be a fun to go Dunk City after FGCU’s dominant win over Fairleigh-Dickinson, let’s remember that the Eagles finished behind North Florida in the Atlantic Sun standings and that Hampton is the only 16-seed to win its league’s regular-season title.  Asking the Pirates to beat Virginia in Raleigh is a tall order. Read more…