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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…

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Quick Takes: NC State wraps up notable win over Auburn

December 20, 2018 2 comments

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…

Quick Takes: Louisville slides onto the bubble

February 6, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Louisville and Syracuse now have something in common: The Bubble.  As the Orange exited the KFC Yum! Center on Monday night, they took a nice gift with them – a road win over a fellow bubble team.  That’s right, Louisville – losers of three straight and four of five – is now a bubble team with a month to go until Selection Sunday.

As recently as a week ago, it was easy to look at the Cardinals’ fast ACC start and believe they were on solid ground – even more so when you saw an upcoming three-game home stretch that included Florida State, Syracuse, and Georgia Tech.  Oh, how things can change.  Louisville has now lost the first two of those home games – adding a lot of pressure to the Cards’ date with Georgia Tech on Thursday.  Louisville’s closing stretch is brutal – it includes trips to Duke, Virginia Tech, and NC State, plus home games with North Carolina and Virginia.  A berth in the 2018 NCAA tournament is squarely on the line.

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Quick Takes: Purdue building its resume

January 10, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Somewhat quietly, Purdue is building its resume.  The Boilermakers squeaked out a win at Michigan on Tuesday, adding another “Group 1” victory to its NCAA folder.  These things ebb and flow, but as of this morning, Purdue is 5-1 vs. Group 1, the most wins of any team against that metric on the NCAA’s new team sheets.  What’s more, all six of its Group 1 games have been away from home; three neutral, three on the road.  Impressive work.  Purdue began the week at No. 6 on the Seed List and could reach the top line by Friday.  While the Big Ten is down by past standards, the upper half of the league still has some good teams.   Read more…