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SL: Fallout from a wild Saturday

February 27, 2022 Leave a comment

SeedListGraphicWhat a Saturday!

In nearly two decades of projecting NCAA Tournament brackets, never have all four No. 1 seeds lost on the same day – and in succession.  Furthermore, of the top seven teams on Saturday morning’s seed list, six of them absorbed defeats.  Baylor rallied past Kansas in a showcase between two teams who could both still end up as top seeds when the Selection Committee releases its 2022 tournament bracket.  The Bears and Jayhawks split their season series, each winning at home.

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Where does that leave us?  For starters, with an interesting and heated race for exactly how the No. 1 and No. 2 seed lines emerge on Selection Sunday.  It matters for regional placement, and it matters for pod location preference, potentially.  March is two days away. Read more…

QT: Huge win for Hogs, Purdue shows its mettle

February 9, 2022 Leave a comment

QuickTakesA huge win for the Arkansas Razorbacks Tuesday in Fayetteville, as the Hogs handed Auburn just its second defeat of the season.  Big picture, nothing much changes for the Tigers (at least not yet), whose overall resume remains quite strong, and whose two defeats both arrived via overtime against solid opponents away from home (one neutral, one road).  It’s a victory that helps Arkansas more than it hurts Auburn.

Purdue used a dominant second half to beat Illinois at Mackey Arena and give the Boilermakers a season sweep of the Illini.  We’ll see if that effort jump-starts a dominant finish.  With a month to go,  Purdue is squarely in the No. 1 seed conversation.  An NCAA tournament path through Indianapolis and Chicago would be might tasty for the Black and Gold. Read more…

Bracketology: Stretch run for No. 1 seeds

February 4, 2022 Leave a comment

Dave2015As we head into the first weekend of February, Auburn and Gonzaga are the strongest bets to retain No. 1 seed status a month from now.  That leaves two positions open for the stretch run.  This morning, those spots are occupied by Baylor and Kansas.  While possible, it’s unlikely both ultimately end up on the top line together.

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Who are the other contenders?  Let’s take a quick peek (in no particular order):

Purdue – The Boilermakers own favorable metrics and performance numbers, and are the loss at Rutgers away from being on the No. 1 line today.  The Big Ten also allows for plenty of Quad 1/2 opportunities between now and Selection Sunday. Read more…

Quick Takes: Rutgers shocks Purdue, Seton Hall topples Texas

December 10, 2021 Leave a comment

QuickTakesIf nothing else, Thursday night in Piscataway, NJ reminded us that the RAC can be raucous and that true road wins are something to treasure.  Ron Harper was tremendous for the Scarlet Knights, capped by his half-court game winner at the buzzer.  The result was all the more unexpected for two reasons: 1) Purdue had been dominating opponents with its size and depth; 2) Rutgers had been sputtering – with losses to Lafayette and Massachusetts – and a rather ugly 35-point thrashing at the hands of Illinois in Champaign.

Maybe the victory reinvigorates Rutgers.  The Scarlet Knights battle Seton Hall in Newark on Sunday.  In the FWIW category – Thursday’s tilt was Purdue’s first true road test of the season.  The Boilers’ victories over North Carolina and Villanova were in Uncasville, CT.

Speaking of Seton Hall, the Pirates took down Texas at home. SHU now boasts early victories over Michigan (road) and the Longhorns.  The Pirates’ lone loss?  Ohio State in Fort Myers. Read more…

Quick Takes: Purdue dominates FSU, makes case for No. 1

December 1, 2021 Leave a comment

QuickTakesPurdue dominated Florida State at Mackey Arena on Tuesday.  The Boilermakers are going to be a tough out – every night.  With loud, raucous fans in the stands, good luck beating them at home.  Regardless, with Duke’s loss at Ohio State, Purdue will be the No. 1 overall seed when the bracket updates again on Saturday – assuming the Boilermakers beat Iowa at home on Friday night.

The only thing we haven’t seen Purdue accomplish – a true road victory.  The Boilers first such test is December 9 at Rutgers.  While that one shouldn’t be troublesome on paper, home court advantage is back.  Road wins will matter, again. Read more…