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Quick Takes: Saturday’s resume builders

January 31, 2021 Leave a comment

Dave2015It’s never a good idea to over react to a single result in college basketball.  We’ve seen plenty of instances when a “big” win is followed by a “questionable” loss.  Even so, let’s have a go at some Quick Take-aways from the final Saturday in January.

We’ll start with Florida.  The Gators went into Morgantown and exited with a victory over West Virginia.  While technically Tennessee is ranked higher in the current NET ratings, beating the Mountaineers on the road qualifies as UF’s biggest resume win to date.  The journey ahead isn’t easy – with trips to LSU, Tennessee and Arkansas on the horizon – but Florida got a major boost to its profile, regardless.  Now they need to make it stick. Read more…

Quick Takes: Michigan State and the Mountain West …

January 29, 2021 Leave a comment

Dave2015Let’s begin Quick Takes with this … we could realistically be looking at an NCAA tournament bracket without these teams: Kentucky, Duke and Michigan State.  Since winning at Duke on December 1, MSU has one win against a tournament team, Rutgers.  And Thursday, those same Spartans lost at Rutgers by 40.  Pauses due to COVID have certainly impacted Sparty, along with many other teams, but MSU’s current resume has more questions than answers.  With more than a month left in the regular season (we hope), there’s ample time for Tom Izzo and Company to right the ship.  We’ll see if last night ends up being a turning point or the edge of a cliff. Read more…

Quick Takes: What to make of the Pac-12, ACC and others?

January 24, 2021 Leave a comment

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Let’s open Quick Takes with a rather obvious observation … Gonzaga and Baylor are currently a step ahead of everyone else. The Zags mowed down another West Conference Conference opponent Saturday night and Baylor put up a 49-spot in the second half at Oklahoma State to move to 14-0 overall and 7-0 in the Big 12. Yes, OSU wasn’t at full strength, but the burst demonstrated again how explosive the Bears can be. A close game turned romp in a matter of moments.

Another potential No. 1 seed, Michigan, is now on pause due to COVID-19 concerns. The Wolverines could miss up to four games (Indiana, at Northwestern, Michigan State and Illinois). Given that it will be the second week of February when they return, it’s likely at least one or two of those games may not be played. It’s one of the many challenges Committee members will face, assuming we reach Selection Sunday.

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Quick Takes: Texas horns another big road win

January 10, 2021 Leave a comment

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It appears that 2021 agrees with the Texas Longhorns. After throttling Kansas in Lawrence on January 2, Texas rallied late to take down West Virginia in Morgantown on Saturday. That’s two road wins against two of the Big 12’s best teams; impressive regardless of the largely empty stands. Looking ahead, UT locks horns with Baylor on February 2; the only time the schools are scheduled to meet in the regular season. If both remain unbeaten in league play, Austin will be the epicenter of college hoops that evening.

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Quick Takes: Michigan on a roll

January 7, 2021 Leave a comment

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Welcome back to Quick Takes! Let’s get started.

Michigan is on quite a roll. The Wolverines thumped Minnesota in Ann Arbor to move to 5-0 in the Big Ten. Looking ahead, the schedule is favorable for Big Blue, too. Michigan only has to play Iowa, Illinois and Rutgers once, all three at home. That’s the type of advantage that could bring a regular season B10 title to Crisler Arena.

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