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Quick Takes: Big start for top tier of Big Ten

December 6, 2019 2 comments

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…

Quick Takes: Michigan, SDSU impress; Iowa makes statement

November 29, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015On a day when Oregon and Gonzaga needed overtime in the Bahamas, two of the most impressive performances on Thanksgiving arrived via Michigan and San Diego State.  The Wolverines thumped North Carolina (a late UNC push made the final score deceiving), and SDSU throttled Creighton.  If you haven’t yet tuned in the Aztecs, it’s time.  Their earlier road win at BYU is looking better all the time, too.

For what it’s worth … Michigan looks like a major player in the Big Ten race – and San Diego State looks like a strong challenger to Utah State in the Mountain West.

Let’s also not overlook Iowa’s surprising victory over Texas Tech in Las Vegas.  Moving forward, we’ll see whether that result tells us more about the Hawkeyes or the re-tooling Red Raiders.  Read more…

Quick Takes: Virginia Tech fills its plate with Spartan stuffing

November 26, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015Collectively, the college basketball world wasn’t expecting too much from Virginia Tech this season.

That narrative may have changed Monday afternoon in Maui.

Tenacious on both ends of the court, the Hokies filled their plate with some Spartan stuffing en route to a huge resume-boosting victory over Michigan State.

In many ways, the Hokies resembled the previous team coached by Mike Young.  Yes, that would be Wofford, whom Young guided to the NCAA tournament five times in his final 10 years at the school.  It’s one game, so let’s not push all of our chips in just yet.  But it’s a huge start that gives Young and the Hokies a nice stack of cache to play with. Read more…

Quick Takes: Hoyas look the part against Texas

November 22, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015Georgetown played its best half of the season and looked the part of an NCAA tournament team while pulling away from Texas at Madison Square Garden.  Mac McClung led four Hoyas in double-figures with 19 points, and G’Town won despite limited minutes from Omer Yurtseven, who was saddled with foul trouble.  Just as important, the victory sets up match-up tonight against Duke in the 2K Empire Classic Championship.

A follow-up question might be … How good is Penn State?  The Nittany Lions rolled the Hoyas, 81-66, a week ago in DC.  We’ll see how both advance.

Much of the other action on Thursday went as planned, setting up some tasty pre-holiday matchups today in Charleston and Myrtle Beach – including Villanova vs. Mississippi State, Florida vs. Miami and Xavier vs. Connecticut. Read more…

Quick Takes: Catapulting toward March

November 20, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015It’s November, but if we catapult ahead to March, it’s easy to see why Anthony Lamb and Vermont might be this year’s version of must-see TV during the first Thursday or Friday of March Madness®.  Lamb put up 30 points against Virginia Tuesday night, carrying his Catamounts to a near-upset of the Cavaliers in Charlottesville.  For context, UVA gave up a total of 34 points to the entire Syracuse team at the Carrier Dome on opening night.

With a win at St. John’s in tow – thanks to Lamb’s last-second heroics – Vermont gets another chance to build its at-large resume during a trip to Cincinnati on December 3.  They also host UNC-Greensboro on December 18.  It’s way too early to think about the bubble, but if Vermont puts together a Belmont-esque resume by Selection Sunday, it’ll be interesting to see how things work out should the Catamounts fall in the America East tournament. Read more…