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Quick Takes: Region by Region picks

March 16, 2022 Leave a comment

QuickTakesLet’s begin here: use the following information at our own risk.  With that caveat complete, here are my Quick Takes on each Region for the 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament …

WEST REGION

Favorite: Gonzaga. The Bulldogs enter as the No. 1 overall seed and rank first in three predictive metrics (Ken Pom, BPI, Sagarin).  Last year’s National Runner-Up has a great chance to return to the Final Four.
Dark Horse: Alabama.  Lest we forget that prior to SEC play, the Crimson Tide owned victories over Gonzaga, Baylor and Houston, when the Cougars were at full strength.  They have been inconsistent since January, but a resurgent hot streak isn’t out of the equation. Read more…

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QT: What we learned from the Committee

February 23, 2022 Leave a comment

QuickTakesThe 2022 Men’s NCAA Selection Committee revealed its initial Top 16 seeds last Saturday. In terms of teams selected, there were really no surprises – although we were all curious to find out how this year’s committee would manage Houston’s NET (and metrics) vs. its actual results, especially given how the make-up of the team has changed due to unfortunate injuries. Read more…

QT: Dealing with Carolina and the cutline

February 17, 2022 Leave a comment

QuickTakesIn ways that North Carolina would rather not discuss, the Tar Heels’ home loss to Pittsburgh Wednesday night raises an interesting question: How would the Selection Committee manage UNC’s profile?

As of early this morning, UNC’s resume features zero wins against teams currently projected to be In the Field.  The Heels’ best tallies are Michigan, Virginia Tech and Virginia at home.  Until Wednesday, the counter argument was that while UNC was 0-7 against Quad 1 opponents, they had also only lost to Quad 1 opponents.  Sometimes, avoiding anything bad can be enough, even if just barely.  Now, the Tar Heels no longer have that luxury.  Ahead of the ACC tournament, UNC’s best opportunities to add something meaningful are at Virginia Tech this weekend and then at Duke on March 5. Read more…

QT: Huge win for Hogs, Purdue shows its mettle

February 9, 2022 Leave a comment

QuickTakesA huge win for the Arkansas Razorbacks Tuesday in Fayetteville, as the Hogs handed Auburn just its second defeat of the season.  Big picture, nothing much changes for the Tigers (at least not yet), whose overall resume remains quite strong, and whose two defeats both arrived via overtime against solid opponents away from home (one neutral, one road).  It’s a victory that helps Arkansas more than it hurts Auburn.

Purdue used a dominant second half to beat Illinois at Mackey Arena and give the Boilermakers a season sweep of the Illini.  We’ll see if that effort jump-starts a dominant finish.  With a month to go,  Purdue is squarely in the No. 1 seed conversation.  An NCAA tournament path through Indianapolis and Chicago would be might tasty for the Black and Gold. Read more…

QT: Carnage on the cutline, Sooners in trouble

February 6, 2022 Leave a comment

QuickTakesOne word may best describe Saturday’s results for teams along the cutline: carnage.  Of the eight teams that began the day among the First 4 OUT and Next 4 OUT on the Seed List, six of them lost – and another, San Diego State, lost Friday night.  Only Florida, which survived Ole Miss in overtime, escaped an otherwise complete meltdown.

West Virginia losing a close one at home to Texas Tech wasn’t be a big deal, except it was the Mountaineers seventh straight defeat.  Mississippi State hasn’t been able to get over the hump, and losing at Arkansas keeps that status in tact.  The only really bad loss was Texas AM falling at home to Missouri.  That one will sting the Aggies. Read more…