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Quick Takes: Resume hits for Washington, ASU

March 1, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015February exited with a defiant thud for Pac-12 members Washington and Arizona State.  Hopefully, March will be kinder.

While not a decisive blow on its own, the Huskies absorbed a didn’t-see-it-coming upper cut to their resume by falling at California, the Bears first Pac-12 win of the season.  Cal entered with a 5-22 record and a NET Rating of 275.  The make-up exam comes Sunday when the Huskies lace-em up against Stanford.  We’ll see how quickly UW can erase the Cal debacle from its memory.

Meanwhile, Arizona State absorbed a 28-point loss at Oregon.  Already on the bubble, the Sun Devils’ play two more on the road to close their regular season: Oregon State and Arizona. Nervous times in Tempe. And throughout the Pac-12. Read more…

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Quick Takes: Carolina keeps rolling

February 27, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015North Carolina has won 11 of its past 12 games.  Victories in that stretch include Virginia Tech, Louisville, Duke, Florida State, and Syracuse.  The Tar Heels’ lone loss? Virginia.  If you look at the ACC standings this morning, you’ll find Carolina a half-game up on Virginia; tied in the loss column.  UNC is not only in contention for an ACC regular-season title, the Heels are also in contention for a No. 1 seed.

Kentucky need a little Hero Ball from Tyler Herro, whose 29 points allowed the Wildcats to avoid a home stumble against Arkansas.  The victory will keep UK on the one-line when the next bracket arrives on Thursday. Read more…

Quick Takes: Missed opportunity for UCF

February 22, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015Central Florida (UCF) was this close to an important Quad 1 win Thursday night in Cincinnati.  But the Knights couldn’t quite seal the deal, leaving their resume where it began – squarely on the bubble as it relates to an NCAA at-large bid.

UCF’s best two wins – Alabama and Temple at home – are bubbly on their own.  The Owls and Crimson Tide joined UCF as three of the four teams in our projected First Four on Thursday morning. Assuming the Knights get through SMU and South Florida, they close with this slate: at Houston, Cincinnati, at Temple.  Those three games will likely determine where UCF spends its time in March. Read more…

Quick Takes: Baylor strengthens profile

February 20, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015Baylor exited Ames Tuesday night with a victory over Iowa State – giving the Bears a regular-season sweep of the Cyclones.  Paired with a victory over Texas Tech, a solid road record (5-4), and a combination of 11 Quad 1/2 wins. the Bears profile looks that much stronger this morning – even with those two early-season Q4 losses.

In other words, Baylor is playing its way into the Field of 68, and it would take a notable course reversal for that to change with just under four weeks until Selection Sunday.

We can’t say the same for Alabama or Nebraska this morning. Read more…

Quick Takes: LSU delivers SEC message

February 13, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015Given its 23-point second-half comeback at Louisville, Duke will steal many of the headlines and highlights today.  That’s understandable.  But there was an equally compelling road heist that occurred a few hours earlier and a few miles away in Lexington, where the LSU Tigers rallied past Kentucky at Rupp Arena.  Safe to say, it was a stunning night in the Commonwealth.

With its victory, LSU now stands at 10-1 in the SEC, having won six straight league road games in the process.  In case you were wondering, that’s pretty good.  The Tigers also have the benefit (or detriment in terms of elite wins, I suppose) of only playing Kentucky and Tennessee once during the regular season.  LSU hosts the Volunteers a week from Saturday.  It’s officially a three-horse race for the SEC crown. Read more…

Quick Takes: What’s next for Arizona State?

February 8, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015It was an ugly night in Tempe.  There’s no other way to put it.  Arizona State lost at home to Washington State, a team that until Thursday hadn’t won a true road game, had only won a single Pac-12 game, and had a NET Rating of 230 when it arrived on ASU’s campus.

By itself, it would simply be a bad loss.  Those things happen.  The trouble for ASU is this: it wasn’t their first such hiccup.  Added together, the Sun Devils have dropped three home games to non-NCAA contenders: WSU, Utah, and Princeton.  They also have road losses to Vanderbilt and Stanford.

What’s next for Arizona State?  It’s an interesting question.  As is this: Are the Sun Devils’ wins over Kansas, Mississippi State and Utah State (in particular, as Quad 1 wins) enough to offset those warts? Read more…

Quick Takes: Road woes continue for Kansas

February 6, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015Don’t adjust your rearview mirror.  What you’re looking at is actually there.  It’s just hard to believe – because we’re so used to seeing the Kansas Jayhawks leading the Big 12 parade.  But this year’s team, with its injuries and new pieces, has found their journey a bit more bumpy, especially on the road.

With its loss Tuesday night in Manhattan, KU is now 1-6 in true road games.  That’s unfamiliar territory for a program with a decades-plus worth of Big 12 trophies in its display case.  In a twist of irony, the Jayhawks lone road win came at Baylor back on January 12.  This morning, Baylor is tied with Kansas State (loss column) atop the conference race.

KU’s remaining league road games are TCU, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma. If they want to hold onto their current odds of an opening weekend in Tulsa (NCAA tournament pod), the Jayhawks may need to win at least two of those. Read more…