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Quick Takes: Boise State on the move

December 2, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015If you missed it late Friday night, Boise State arrived in Eugene, Oregon and left with a road victory over the Ducks.  Jot that down in your notebook.  A road win against a power conference opponent has staying power.  It also helps the Mountain West Conference as a whole.  With the Big Ten flailing, a couple of additional bracket slots could be open in March.  Thus, if teams like Nevada, UNLV, San Diego State, and Boise State build worthy profiles – especially outside the league – they can be in contention for those at-large positions.

MWC opportunities continue to knock, too.  Before league play begins …

UNLV gets Arizona and Illinois …. Nevada gets cracks at Texas Tech and TCU (and already has a win over Rhode Island) … San Diego State gets Gonzaga (already has a win over Georgia) … and Boise still travels to SMU. Read more…

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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.

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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: Early sunshine in the Sun Belt

November 21, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015Early in the afternoon on Monday, the Ragin’ Cajuns of Louisiana upended Iowa at the inaugural Cayman Islands Classic.  Beyond the outcome itself, the victory was another early ray of sunshine for the Sun Belt Conference.  Just over a week into the season, Louisiana has its win over Iowa, UT-Arlington has a win at BYU, and Georgia-Southern has a win at Wake Forest and another over Missouri State, a favorite in the Missouri Valley.  How these early successes end up impacting future resumes remains to be seen, of course.  But it’s worth a mention, regardless.

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Quick Takes: 4 key Final Four questions

March 31, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015As North Carolina, Oregon, Gonzaga, and South Carolina complete final workouts in advance of Saturday’s Final Four, four key questions come to mind.  They are …

How healthy are Joel Berry ankles?  Given his game-winning shot against Kentucky, it would be tempting to look at Luke Maye’s bench production (12.5 ppg in NCAAs vs. 4.9 ppg in regular season) and wonder if he can sustain those numbers in Phoenix.  No question, North Carolina would like that to continue.  But the Tar Heels chances of reaching Monday’s title game and avenging last year’s loss hinge more on the health of Berry’s ankles.  How many minutes can he play?  How effective will he be?  Will his ankles be 70 percent? 80? We don’t know.  He may not either until he takes the court.  Standing between Carolina and another NCAA title are three solid defensive teams.  Oregon shut down Kansas, and South Carolina and Gonzaga are elite defensive groups.  As we saw against Duke in the ACC tourney, UNC can struggle when Berry’s off the floor. How healthy are Joel Berry’s ankles? The answer could well map out UNC’s final journey. Read more…

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Bracketology: Tar Heels trek to top line

February 20, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015If today were Selection Sunday, and North Carolina was the ACC champion, the Selection Committee would likely be inclined to reward the Tar Heels with a No. 1 seed over a very good Baylor team whose profile is equally impressive but lacks a conference title. In the world of splitting hairs, we just did.  On that note, two interesting twists await.  First, UNC hosts Louisville on Wednesday, and the Cardinals are No. 6 on the Seed List.  If Louisville wins in Chapel Hill, the Cards could make a strong case for the top line on Thursday.  Second, the Tar Heels close with an incredibly tough slate, going to Pittsburgh and Virginia before finishing at home with Duke.  Baylor can easily play its way back up.

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In the race for No. 1 seeds, Villanova and Kansas are sitting in strong positions as the regular season comes to a close. Should Gonzaga finish unbeaten, it would hard to drop the Zags from their No. 1 perch in the West.  Which leaves, at least for now, one top seed up for grabs, and it could go any number of ways.

Another meh and blah weekend along the cutline.  Should we lose solid mid-major programs like Middle Tennessee State, UNC Wilmington, and say, Monmouth or Illinois State during their conference championships, the Committee will have to heavily weigh a bunch of mediocre power teams versus some solid programs who have fewer chances for marquee wins.

Quick Takes: Carolina pushing for No. 1 seed

February 19, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015North Carolina is pushing for a No. 1 seed.  So is Louisville, for that matter.  And Baylor remains firmly in the mix despite four losses in six games, the most recent a two-pointer at home to Kansas in one of Saturday’s best games.  If you’re up for Round 3 of KU-Baylor in the Big 12 tournament, raise your hand.  I thought so.  We also have to keep track of the Pac-12 race.

Bubble Talk debuted on Saturday morning.  We’ll update it again next Saturday, if not before.  There’ll be a new bracket on Monday, along with a Seed List update.

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