Posts Tagged ‘Oklahoma Sooners’

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…

Quick Takes: Gators, Sooners toast New York

December 5, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Good vibes this morning in Gainesville and Norman.  Both the Florida Gators and Oklahoma Sooners toasted Madison Square Garden while exiting the Jimmy V Classic Tuesday night in New York.  It was a particularly nice win for Florida, which had started 0-3 against the best teams on its schedule, losing to Florida State, Oklahoma (oddly enough), and Butler.  Not that a victory over West Virginia is going to move any huge swamps right now, but it gives the Gators a little momentum heading to Saturday’s showdown with Michigan State. Read more…

Quick Takes: Gonzaga the new No. 1?

November 22, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Stuffed from its Maui feast, Gonzaga returns to the mainland with a victory over Duke and validation that another No. 1 seed in March is within its reach.  The question this Thanksgiving morning: Will the Bulldogs be No. 1 in the polls next week?

Not that it really matters right now – or ever, really.  Polls are fun and all, but largely meaningless when it comes to selection and seeding for the NCAA tournament.  So maybe the better question is actually: Will Gonzaga be No. 1 our next Seed List?  Right now, the answer would be yes.

Kansas and Tennessee play Friday in New York.  Should the Jayhawks beat the Volunteers, it would give KU victories over both Michigan State and Tennessee – which would be pretty good, too.  We’ll weigh the two resumes once the aforementioned results are complete. Read more…

Bracket Bits: Oklahoma needs a U-Turn

February 20, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015With their losing streak now at six games (and 7 of 8 overall), the Oklahoma Sooners need a U-Turn.  The equity they built up by winning 14 of 16 games to open the season?  It’s dwindling.  The cache they built up by the Selection Committee anchoring them as a 4-seed during its mid-February Top 4 seed reveal?  That was three losses ago.  While conference record isn’t the measuring stick it once was, history suggests there are still limits to league under-performance.  Unless the Sooners win two of their last three – and they get Kansas State and Iowa State at home in that stretch – Oklahoma is looking at a Big 12 finish of 7-11 or, even, gulp, 6-12.  That isn’t the type of impression they want to leave on the table come Selection Sunday.   Read more…