Posts Tagged ‘Oklahoma Sooners’

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: Oklahoma’s Bubble win; Duke’s loss to Wake

February 26, 2020 Leave a comment

Dave2015Let’s start on a positive note.  Oklahoma picked up a needed Quadrant 1 victory against Texas Tech in Norman.  It boosted the Sooners to 4-9 vs. Quad 1 teams (not great, but four of its losses are to Kansas and Baylor); it was also, based on the NCAA’s NET Ratings, their first Quad 1A (Top Tier) victory of the season.  At least for today, OU can smile.  Next up, a trip to Morgantown, followed by dates with Texas (home) and TCU (road).  We’ll see if the Sooners can keep improving an overall mark of 17-11. (See note on Texas Tech below)

Meanwhile, Duke lost at Wake Forest.  Although technically a Quad 2 road loss (so not horrible), it does raise questions as to how the Selection Committee will view Duke’s seeding profile unless the Blue Devils beat Louisville and/or Florida State in the ACC tourney.  While analytics love the Blue Devils (Top 10 in all metrics listed on Team Sheets heading into Tuesday), the ACC simply hasn’t offered its usual chances for high-end wins.  As of this morning, Duke has three (3) wins over current tournament teams and is 4-3 vs. Quadrant 1.  By comparison, the top Big East schools vying for spots on the Top 3 lines have much better totals: Creighton (9-6), Villanova (8-6), Seton Hall (10-5). Read more…

Quick Takes: It’s getting late early for UVA

January 21, 2020 Leave a comment

Dave2015It’s starting to get late early for Virginia.

As the Cavaliers’ offensive struggles continue, so does their NCAA tournament profile.  Ranked 60th in the NCAA’s NET ratings on Monday morning, UVA dropped its third home game of the season, falling by two points to NC State.  If nothing else, it was a missed opportunity to parlay a home game into a victory over another team fighting for a tournament bid.

Further hampering UVA is the simple fact that this year’s ACC isn’t as loaded with NCAA-quality wins.  Which brings us here: there’s both good and bad news ahead.  The Cavaliers’ closing schedule is both challenging and opportunistic.  They have a home date with Florida State next week, two games against Louisville and a visit from Duke.   Assuming UVA avoids further unexpected losses (like South Carolina and Boston College), there’s still time to recover.  But it’s definitely feeling late early in Charlottesville. Read more…

Under-the-Radar matchups for Week 1

November 3, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015Most eyes will be on the State Farm Classic in New York (Kansas vs. Duke / Michigan State vs. Kentucky) when college hoops tips on Tuesday.  Elsewhere, in an interesting twist, the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) opens league play right out of the gate, including first-week matchups such as Louisville at Miami and Virginia at Syracuse.

Those are the headliners of opening week.

Just as fun are the intriguing contests that register as Under-the-Radar (UtR) matchups.  Here are a few to put on your tracking list between Tuesday and Sunday: Read more…

Bracketology: Duke avoids Wake-up call

March 6, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015Duke escaped an around-the-rim, Madness moment Tuesday night in Durham as Wake Forest’s final shot slowly eased around basket before falling away – allowing the Blue Devils to survive an inconceivable upset at Cameron Indoor.

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While a win is a win, and we’ve reached the survive-and-advance portion of the season, Selection Committee members anxiously await news about the return of Zion Williamson.  Duke is an immensely talented team with or without Williamson, but they are clearly not the same team.   If he doesn’t suit up Saturday or in the ACC tournament, a decision will have to be made regarding Duke’s landing spot on the final Seed List.  Stay tuned.

Bubble winners on Tuesday: Minnesota and Oklahoma.  Despite a less-than-ideal Big 12 record, the Sooners seem on solid footing at this point after dispatching Kansas.  Minnesota can also take a sigh of relief – at least for now – after adding a home win over Purdue to its resume.


Quick Takes: Marquette, Oklahoma casting NETs

December 22, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Behind Markus Howard’s 45 points, Marquette won its seventh straight game Friday night, outlasting unbeaten Buffalo in Milwaukee.  It’s been a month since the Golden Eagles lost to Kansas at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.  During that stretch, Marquette has added three Group 1 (NET) victories to its resume: Louisville (neutral), Wisconsin (home), and Buffalo (home).  The Eagles also own a home victory over Kansas State (Group 2 at the moment).  That’s a pretty good month.  At this point, the Eagles only resume deficiency is the lack of a true road win – Marquette has played just one road game, a loss at Indiana.  Opportunities come early in Big East play, however; the Eagles travel to both St. John’s and Creighton in an eight-day stretch to open January.

Oklahoma has no such deficiency after outlasting Northwestern in overtime last night. In fairness, the Sooners had early road wins against UT-Rio Grande and UTSA, but let’s also be honest: neither of those outcomes equate to beating the Wildcats in Evanston. A bit under-the-radar, the 11-1 Sooners take a Christmas break before opening Big 12 play at Kansas on January 2. Oklahoma’s non-conference resume includes a 7-1 mark against Groups 1/2 (NET – as of publication), noting a 6-0 mark against Group 2 teams.  We’ll see how the Sooners fare in conference play, but they’ve certainly cast their proverbial nets successfully so far.  Their lone blemish is a loss to Wisconsin. Read more…

Quick Takes: NC State wraps up notable win over Auburn

December 20, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015It wasn’t pretty – NC State and Auburn combined for 47 turnovers – but the Wolfpack wrapped up notable win over the Tigers Wednesday night in Raleigh.  Why so notable?  To put it simply – even with early victories over Vanderbilt and Penn State on neutral courts, the Wolfpack’s resume was somewhat overshadowed by seven Group 4 victories (per NET rankings) and an associated a non-conference schedule ranked around 300.  That’s quite a feast of pre-Holiday cupcakes.  And while a victory over Auburn doesn’t change those facts, it does add validity to the large margin of victory in most of those outcomes.  Up next: a couple more pastries before an opening ACC trip to Miami on January 3. Read more…