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Quick Takes: Appreciating Butler, SDSU while unpacking Saturday’s takeaways

January 5, 2020 Leave a comment

Dave2015Before we walk through our bullet-point takeaways from the first full Saturday of college hoops in 2020, let’s take a moment to appreciate Butler and San Diego State.  Neither team was picked to win its conference, let alone be in contention for a protected seed on Selection Sunday.  Looking back, Butler was picked to finish eighth in the Big East and SDSU was slated second behind Utah State in the Mountain West.

This morning, both the Bulldogs and Aztecs hold Top 5 ratings in the NCAA’s NET metric. They are a combined 10-1 vs. Quad 1 teams with that single loss being a one-pointer by Butler against Baylor in Waco.  While the numbers will continue to evolve, only Butler, SDSU and Kansas have five wins vs. Quad 1 opponents as of this writing (per Warren Nolan).

The fact that Butler and San Diego State would be legitimate No. 1 seed contenders were today Selection Sunday is an incredible accomplishment – especially given preseason expectations. Read more…

Quick Takes: USU stumbles at UNLV

January 2, 2020 Leave a comment

Dave2015Winning conference road games is never easy, regardless of the opponent.  So it’s certainly not shocking to learn that Utah State stumbled at UNLV.  The bigger question is how the Aggies navigate their Mountain West Conference journey moving forward.

USU’s non-conference profile includes neutral-court wins over LSU and Florida and losses to Saint Mary’s and BYU.  As it stands this morning, San Diego State and perhaps New Mexico (coming off a loss at San Jose State – gulp) are the best opportunities for Quad 1 and/or 2 wins moving forward – making Saturday’s home date with SDSU an important marker on the Aggies’ Team Sheet. Read more…

Quick Takes: An early look at NC SOS

December 21, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015It’s way too early to have a serious conversation about bubble teams and how a team’s non-conference strength of schedule (known as NC SOS) could ultimately impact a team’s selection and/or seeding.

One thing we do know – at least from a historical perspective – is that uncommonly poor non-conference scheduling, when teams have the choice of who they play and where, tends to draw the attention of the Selection Committee.   Especially if that team is teetering on the edge of a seed line and/or the bubble.

With that in mind, here’s an early (and yet unfinished) look at where some current teams stand in the NC SOS picture – numbers courtesy of Warren Nolan (through Friday’s results). Read more…

Quick Takes: Five under-the-radar teams to watch

December 13, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015It’s easy to get caught up in early-season polls, made-for-TV events and name brands.  We’ve all seen hefty doses of heavyweights and Blue Bloods on national broadcasts.  The challenge, sometimes, (and/or fun) is looking past the headlines.

Who else is playing well?  What teams have exceeded expectations?  Are there any under-the-radar teams worth tracking?

The answer is yes.  While in no way a comprehensive list, as there are more than a handful of worthy options, following is a Quick Takes version of five teams who are currently are flying under-the-radar a bit … Read more…

Quick Takes: Big start for top tier of Big Ten

December 6, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015It’s been a BIG start for the top tier of the Big Ten.

By now, we’re well aware of Michigan’s resume attributes from the Battle 4 Atlantis (wins over Iowa State, North Carolina, Gonzaga).  Maryland hasn’t yet added the same name power, but the Terps do have victories over Temple, Marquette and Notre Dame.  Wednesday night, Ohio State rode a dominant second-half to a lopsided win at North Carolina; that after running past Villanova at home in November.

Those three are a combined 23-1 with the lone loss belonging to Michigan following its Tuesday trip to Louisville.  Pretty good stuff. Read more…

Quick Takes: Cards, Blue Devils win the night

December 4, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015Louisville’s defense suffocated Michigan.

It’s was that simple Tuesday night at the KFC Yum! Center.  The previously hot Wolverines missed 43 of 58 shots, including 16 of 19 three-point attempts. By game’s end, Big Blue had racked up a whopping 43 points.  For comparison sakes, Michigan averaged 79 points-per-game while sweeping through Iowa State, North Carolina and Gonzaga at the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Assuming the Cardinals dispatch Pittsburgh at home on Friday, they will be the top overall seed in next Monday’s bracket.

Duke wasn’t as defensively dominant in the scoring column, but the Blue Devils rattled Michigan State early and kept the Spartans off balance with an in-your-face mentality in East Lansing.  It was a nice bounce-back victory after last week’s shocking home loss to Stephen F. Austin.  Duke heads to Virginia Tech on Friday. Read more…

Quick Takes: Michigan makes case for No. 1 seed on Monday

November 30, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015Anyway you slice it, Michigan has made its case for a No. 1 seed when the first in-season bracket arrives on Monday.  The Wolverines exited the Battle 4 Atlantis with back-to-back wins over North Carolina and Gonzaga.  They also own November wins over Creighton and Iowa State.  That’s a pretty strong quadrant of victories.

Past performances are never an indication of future performance, of course, but Juwan Howard’s crew is worthy of distinction.  If Michigan State, Duke, Kentucky or Kansas had the same collection of wins we’d be gushing over such a strong start.  For what it’s worth, Michigan visits Louisville for the Big-ACC challenge this week.  It’s a game that could overshadow Duke-Michigan State and even Ohio State-UNC. Who thought that three weeks ago? Read more…