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Bracket Bits: Weekend’s top UTR matchups

December 14, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015The headliners are easy to find.  This weekend we get Villanova at Kansas and Gonzaga at North Carolina, among others.  Exciting stuff, for sure.  But we’re also blessed with a variety of less-neon-heavy matchups that could, come March, be equally important as teams compile resumes.  So, without further ado, here we go with this weekend’s picks for best UTR (Under-The-Radar) matchups ….

Tennessee at Memphis – Coming off an exciting, last-second victory over Gonzaga, the Volunteers head West on I-40 to take on what should be an energized group of Tigers.  Having dropped all of its “up” games to date, Memphis needs a major resume boost heading into AAC play in January.  Rivalry games are always good, but there could be a little extra juice in this one thanks to the current high in Knoxville. Read more…

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Quick Takes: Michigan completes a perfect November

November 29, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015With its victory over North Carolina on Wednesday, the Michigan Wolverines completed a perfect November.  Big Blue hosts Purdue on Saturday, the first day of December.  Their 7-0 start includes a road victory at Villanova (by 27 points), a neutral-court win over Providence, and last night’s 17-point margin at home against the Tar Heels.  Consider this, too … if Michigan beats Purdue this weekend, the Wolverines will be heavy favorites to complete a perfect December – which means UM could be 13-0 heading into January.  Not a bad reprise for last year’s national runner-up. Read more…

Bracketology: Virginia leads final march to Selection Sunday

February 12, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015The Selection Committee has spoken, having revealed its initial Top 16 teams (seed list) prior to games tipping on Sunday.  There were no overwhelming surprises, although one could debate the plusses and minuses of the Committee slotting Oklahoma as its final No. 4 seed, in particular.  Their reasoning throughout the Top 16, whether you agree or disagree, was pretty clear: the Committee still values traditional measures such quality wins, strength of schedule, road performance, and an RPI-based demarkation for sorting teams (now using Groups or Quadrants rather than merely Top 50 or Top 100).  That doesn’t mean individual or collective members of the Committee will not use or value other metrics (BPI, SOR, Ken Pom, etc) in the process, but the ole standbys appear to be actively in place.

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The Committee selected Virginia as its overall No. 1 seed, followed by Villanova, Xavier, and Purdue.  Purdue’s overall profile – and its small margins in defeat – kept the Boilermakers on the top line.  That said, we have about a month left, and things can change.  We’ve seen teams make late charges; we’ve seen teams go into late-February swoons.  The bubble is once again deep and includes a hodgepodge of resumes that look eerily similar.  In other words, the race is on.

 

Quick Takes: Virginia vaults to No. 1 overall seed

February 8, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015After a wild Wednesday night in college hoops, Virginia slides up a spot and now resides as the overall No. 1 seed on our Seed List.  Beyond beating Florida State in Tallahassee, Villanova lost at home to St. John’s, giving the Cavaliers a clear path to the top spot in Friday’s bracket.

What else happened?  That would be Ohio State going into Mackey Arena and beating Purdue.  It would also be Texas AM continuing to right its ship by going into Auburn and leaving with a victory over the Tigers.  Then there was desperate Marquette putting enough stops together to upset Seton Hall in New Jersey.

I’m not sure any of the events above change the status of the No. 1 seed line on Friday (other than UVA moving to No. 1 overall).  But the results do crack the door for some potential mayhem down the road.  Exhibit A: Purdue’s consolation for losing to Ohio State?  A trip to East Lansing against Michigan State on Saturday. Read more…

Bracketology: Good times in Philadelphia

February 5, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015It’s a good morning to be a Philadelphia sports fan.  After winning a thrilling Super Bowl, the Eagles stand alone atop the National Football League world.  Then there’s Villanova, who after defeating Seton Hall earlier on Sunday, continues to hold the No. 1 overall spot in today’s bracket.

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Joining Villanova on the top line are Virginia, Purdue, and Xavier.  The Musketeers can thank Kansas and Duke, both of whom lost over the weekend.  They can also thank arch-rival Cincinnati.  Xavier’s non-conference win over the Bearcats was enough to push the Musketeers past Auburn for the final No. 1 seed.

The middle and lower portions of the bracket remain quite fluid.  It’s been a wild season in college hoops.  Should we expect anything different now?  Enjoy the countdown. March Madness is right around the corner.

Bracketology: Virginia pushing for No. 1 overall seed

January 29, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Virginia exorcised a road demon Saturday, winning a rare game at Cameron Indoor Stadium against the Duke Blue Devils.  In the process, the Cavaliers inched past Purdue for No. 2 on the overall seed list (Purdue is now No. 3), and they could end up passing Villanova for the No. 1 overall seed with a strong February.

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The Duke loss, as close as it was, also allows Kansas to narrowly inch past the Blue Devils and claim the final No. 1 seed in today’s bracket update.  Basketball minds can agree to disagree on the oh-so-close resumes of the Jayhawks and Blue Devils, but if today were Selection Sunday (as it were), KU would likely get the nod as Big 12 champion.  The good news for Duke fans is this: it would allow Duke to be moved back into the East Region rather than be placed out West.

Bracketology: Purdue, Virginia strengthen No. 1 seed positions

January 26, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015After surviving a game-worthy bunch of Michigan Wolverines on Thursday, the Purdue Boilermakers have only two games remaining against currently-projected NCAA teams: Ohio State at home, Michigan State on the road.  At this point, a split would do nothing to change Purdue’s trajectory as a potential No. 1 seed.  Which means, unless the Boilers trip a couple of times on their way in, a top seed is likely their’s for the taking.

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The same holds true for Virginia, who pulled away from Clemson this week. The Cavaliers, much like Purdue, benefit from an uneven league schedule.  They only play North Carolina and Duke once, and they’ve already beaten the Tar Heels.  Their game with Duke is Saturday.  And while the result matters, of course, UVA is blessed with a two-game lead.  Looking ahead, the ACC is vastly superior to the Big Ten, so it’s not like trips through Florida State, Miami-FL, or Louisville will be easy.  But the Cavaliers’ defense has been dominant enough to think they’ll still have the inside track to an ACC title regardless of Sunday’s outcome.  If Virginia beats Duke, the race could be over.