Posts Tagged ‘Oklahoma Sooners’

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…

Bracketology: West Virginia and a wild weekend

January 8, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Talk about your wild weekends.  In the wake of upsets, uprisings, and some general chaos, here’s a question worth asking … Which teams, if any, will emerge as clear-cut No. 1 seeds?  In most years, we can cite at least one or two of those teams in early January.  This year?  Not so much.  As it stands right now, even the best teams have flaws, which means there’s a legitimate race ahead for those coveted top four spots on the seed list.

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West Virginia held serve Saturday against Oklahoma and, for now, sits atop the South Region.  The Mountaineer are joined by Villanova (East), Oklahoma (Midwest), and Xavier (West) on the one-line.  When a group of bunched teams lose, sometimes a good loss (or an acceptable one) allows for status quo.  Either way, think about the seed list this morning the same as you do the weather.  Don’t like it much?  Give it a day or two; it’s likely to change.

Bracketology: Xavier vaults to top line

January 5, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015College hoops is as unpredictable as ever – which makes for great viewing and a lot movement in early bracket projections.  With Arizona State’s loss Thursday night in Colorado, the Xavier Musketeers slide up a spot on the seed list and enter the weekend as the No. 1 seed in the West Region.  Duke (South), Michigan State (Midwest), and Villanova (East) remain in their same positions.

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One could make a good case for Oklahoma or West Virginia on the top line, too.  Which makes Saturday’s tilt between the Sooners and Mountaineers in Morgantown that much more interesting.  If Oklahoma snags another quality road win tomorrow, (they already have wins at TCU and Wichita State), it’ll be hard to keep the Sooners off the top line regardless of Xavier’s outcome at Providence.

Bracketology: Duke, Michigan State lead trek to Selection Sunday

January 2, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015As the new year dawns, Duke and Michigan State lead our trek toward Selection Sunday.  Neither of those should come as a surprise.  Arizona State and Oklahoma, on the other hand?  That’s a different story.  The Sun Devils and Sooners have put together impressive runs.  ASU and OU anchor the West Region as its top two seeds.

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The new year also means more frequent updates.  Given what we’ve seen so far?  It should be fun.  On a quick housekeeping note, projected conference champions (for the bracket) reflect the current standings. Ties are broken by the RPI leader based on the loss column.

Bracket Bits: Top 5 matchups of New Year’s weekend

December 28, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015New Year’s weekend is a cornucopia for college sports fans – bowl games on the turf and bracket games on the hardwood.  Whether because of rivalry or projected importance, here are my Top 5 matchups of New Year’s weekend …

Arizona State at Arizona (Saturday, Dec. 30) – The Pac-12 title could end up being decided by these in-state rivals.  ASU has been this season’s biggest surprise. Arizona stumbled out of the gate, but has since righted the ship, winning seven straight against teams that include UNLV, Texas AM, and Alabama.  Thus, the winner gets an early leg-up in what could be a two-horse Pac-12 race.  The return game in Tempe is February 15.  Circle that one, too. Read more…