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Quick Takes: Providence, FSU post key wins

February 15, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015How unpredictable has college hoops been this season?  Look no further than Providence.  This past weekend, the Friars lost by double-digits at home to DePaul.  On the same floor Wednesday night, those same Friars took down Villanova.  Opposite ends of the spectrum, for sure.

It was also a big night for Florida State.  Heading into Wednesday night’s game against Clemson, the Seminoles had dropped three of four, including road tilts at Wake Forest and Notre Dame.  Then they found themselves down 18 points to the Tigers.  They needed a rally – and found it.  And that quickly, resume life looks a little more stable again for FSU.

Additional Quick Takes from Wednesday … Read more…

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Quick Takes: Saturday’s wild W’s and L’s

February 11, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Well, that was a wild Saturday!  We had some impressive victories – none more than Virginia Tech win at Virginia.  We also had some head-scratching losses – Providence dropping a home game to DePaul by double-digits?

One could spend hours trudging through the full, madness-filled day that was Saturday.  But this is Quick Takes, so here are a few of the most notable takeaways through the prism of winners and losers …

Saturday’s winners:

  • Virginia Tech’s win at Virginia tops the list.
  • Texas AM – watch out for the Aggies who appear to have righted their previously wayward ship.  They’ve won four straight after beating Kentucky on Saturday, which came after a win at Auburn.
  • North Carolina – took care of NC State on the road after beating Duke; thus, avoiding a let-down.
  • Michigan State – by beating Purdue, the Spartans are back in the Big Ten race.  They’ve also positioned themselves to be in the conversation for a top-two seed on Selection Sunday if they close with a flurry.
  • Oklahoma State and Baylor – the Cowboys won at West Virginia; Baylor beat Kansas. Both are back into the bubble picture again.
  • Gonzaga – exacted revenge by going on the road to beat Saint Mary’s.

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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…

Quick Takes: Road woes for the Razorbacks

January 31, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Arkansas has a tidy RPI (No. 22 this morning), a non-conference win over Oklahoma, and a worthy SOS (23 overall, 58 NC).  So why would Tuesday’s loss at desperate Texas AM be a concern for the Razorbacks?  In and of itself, it wouldn’t be.  This issue is this … Arkansas is now 1-5 in road games.  Ahead, the Razorbacks have four remaining road trips.  If their road woes continue, they could be facing a 9-9 finish in the SEC, which would keep them much closer to the bubble than expected.  Closing home games include Kentucky and Auburn, so the home road isn’t a cakewalk, either.

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Quick Takes: Big weekend for SEC / Big 12 bubble teams

January 26, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015If you’re a fan of an SEC or Big 12 bubble team, it’s a big weekend for you.  More importantly, it’s a big weekend for your team.  That’s what an SEC/Big 12 challenge brings to the table in late January.

While it’s never wise to overreact to a single result, consider this: six SEC teams are currently bunched within 12 at-large seed lines directly along the cutline.  While the separation (and number) is much different for the Big 12, the weekend is no less important to teams like Kansas State, Baylor, and Oklahoma State.

The Saturday slate of SEC/Big 12 matchups includes: Read more…

Quick Takes: Searching for No. 1 seeds

January 17, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015That search for No. 1 seeds?  It’s far from over.  Oklahoma lost at Kansas State on Tuesday, meaning both the Sooners and West Virginia (on Monday) have lost this week – and it’s Wednesday morning.  Ultimately, our search may take a while.  In addition to depth and balance, particularly in the ACC and Big 12, we appear to lack – at least to this point – a handful of truly elite teams, teams you expect to win every night regardless of the opponent or where they play.  Instead, we have collective group of very good teams – fun for game action, but a little cloudy around the edges.

As of this morning, here’s a quick look at a handful of teams in relation to “wins against the field” – i.e. wins against teams currently projected to be at-large teams (based on Monday’s bracket) … Read more…

Quick Takes: Kansas offers a Big 12 reminder

January 16, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015About those 13 straight Big 12 titles: Kansas isn’t conceding No. 14.  Down double-digits at halftime in Morgantown, the Jayhawks rallied to beat West Virginia, and in the process, remind us that the road to a Big 12 title still runs through Lawrence.  There’s this, too: while he played limited minutes, Silvio De Sousa made his Jayhawks’ debut, adding a much-needed body to a thin front line.  As a whole, the Big 12 is as good as its ever been, so one win doesn’t guarantee anything.  But if you had decided, “this was the year,” for Kansas to relinquish its crown, let’s hope you wrote it in pencil.

Other Quick Takes from Monday: Read more…