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Quick Takes: Gators, Sooners toast New York

December 5, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Good vibes this morning in Gainesville and Norman.  Both the Florida Gators and Oklahoma Sooners toasted Madison Square Garden while exiting the Jimmy V Classic Tuesday night in New York.  It was a particularly nice win for Florida, which had started 0-3 against the best teams on its schedule, losing to Florida State, Oklahoma (oddly enough), and Butler.  Not that a victory over West Virginia is going to move any huge swamps right now, but it gives the Gators a little momentum heading to Saturday’s showdown with Michigan State. Read more…

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Quick Takes: Gonzaga show road mettle

December 3, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Road wins.  The Holy Grail for college hoops teams.

So on this Monday, here’s to Gonzaga, among others.  The Zags exited Omaha on Saturday with a better-than-you-think victory over Creighton.  If the game were a first semester exam, Gonzaga passed with flying colors.  Coming off a Maui championship, and missing a couple of key players, the Zags could easily have let one get away without much fanfare.

Theme in mind, let’s also extend some notable kudos to Louisville, Arizona, Nevada, and Texas Tech.  All four posted true road wins this weekend, too.  You want to separate yourself for selection or seeding in March?  Pile up road victories. Read more…

Quick Takes: Michigan completes a perfect November

November 29, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015With its victory over North Carolina on Wednesday, the Michigan Wolverines completed a perfect November.  Big Blue hosts Purdue on Saturday, the first day of December.  Their 7-0 start includes a road victory at Villanova (by 27 points), a neutral-court win over Providence, and last night’s 17-point margin at home against the Tar Heels.  Consider this, too … if Michigan beats Purdue this weekend, the Wolverines will be heavy favorites to complete a perfect December – which means UM could be 13-0 heading into January.  Not a bad reprise for last year’s national runner-up. Read more…

Quick Takes: Tx-Southern strikes again

November 27, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Texas Southern has spent the opening four weeks of its college basketball season traveling the country collecting game checks.  It’s the accepted life of many low-major Division I programs.  The notable mention, here, is that along the way the Tigers have managed to cash in a couple of victories –  the first on opening night against Baylor in Waco, the second on Monday as the Tigers clipped Oregon in Eugene.  If you’re a fan of Arizona State, Georgia, or Texas AM, beware.  Texas-Southern is coming to a campus near you in December. Read more…

Quick Takes: Gonzaga the new No. 1?

November 22, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Stuffed from its Maui feast, Gonzaga returns to the mainland with a victory over Duke and validation that another No. 1 seed in March is within its reach.  The question this Thanksgiving morning: Will the Bulldogs be No. 1 in the polls next week?

Not that it really matters right now – or ever, really.  Polls are fun and all, but largely meaningless when it comes to selection and seeding for the NCAA tournament.  So maybe the better question is actually: Will Gonzaga be No. 1 our next Seed List?  Right now, the answer would be yes.

Kansas and Tennessee play Friday in New York.  Should the Jayhawks beat the Volunteers, it would give KU victories over both Michigan State and Tennessee – which would be pretty good, too.  We’ll weigh the two resumes once the aforementioned results are complete. Read more…

Quick Takes: Duke rolls, Pac-12 rebounds

November 20, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Duke looked like the best team in Maui on Monday, rolling past San Diego State without much trouble.  Next up: Auburn, which needed overtime to dispatch a pesky group of Musketeers.  Maybe the Tigers were looking past Xavier.  Who knows?  Regardless, Auburn better up its game today.

Gonzaga could have been looking ahead, too, or maybe Illinois is a little closer to bouncing back than we thought.  The Illini’s frenetic pace forced the Zags into 22 turnovers, and sophomore Trent Frazier poured in 29 after missing the Georgetown game (concussion protocol).  We’re still up for a potential Gonzaga-Duke final in Maui.  Set your DVR just in case. Read more…

Quick Takes: Tough week for ‘Nova

November 18, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Tough week for Villanova.

It started with the Wildcats being run off their home floor by Michigan and concluded Saturday night with a home loss to Furman.  Which begs the question: What’s wrong with ‘Nova?

The quick answer is easy: Jalen Brunson, Mikal Bridges, Donte DiVincenzo, and Omari Spellman are no longer in uniform. Those guys left some big holes in the lineup.  It’s tough to replace their tenacity and leadership.  As coach Jay Wright noted in Street & Smith’s College Basketball Preview, understanding how to play “Villanova basketball” was going to be an inherit challenge – especially out of the gate.  “Early in the season, it might not look so pretty,” Wright mentioned.

To this point, it hasn’t.  But let’s also remember that we’re two weeks into a long college basketball season.  Read more…