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Bracketology: Hail to the Wolverines!

December 11, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Hail to the Victors!  As in the Michigan Wolverines, who have vaulted to the No. 1 seed line in our mid-December bracket update.  Joining Big Blue on the top line: Kansas, Gonzaga, and Duke.  Tennessee, Virginia, and Nevada are next in line.

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Given that its Finals week at many schools, college hoops settles a little.  It’s a good time to step back, take a breath, and appreciate some of the incredible action we witnessed since early November. Soon, we’ll begin our weekly trek toward Selection Sunday.

 

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Bracketology: Big Ten, ACC lead early Field of 68

December 1, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015It was quite a November for the Big Ten and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Thus, you will find a heavy dose of Big Ten and ACC teams in our first in-season bracket for the 2018-19 season. Nineteen of the 68 seed lines belong to teams from one of those two groupings.  Whether those numbers are sustainable when the inevitable conference crunching ensues remains to be seen.

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There are a few Big 12 and SEC teams off to slower-than-expected starts. We could say the same for some members of the Big East and Pac-12.  In the marathon of a college hoops season, we’re at about mile six – so stay tuned.

The only change to the top line from our preseason bracket is Virginia.  The Cavaliers edged out Nevada for the final No. 1 seed this morning.  Kentucky was the previous No. 1 seed back in October.  Enjoy your weekend of college hoops.  Welcome to December.

Seed List: Kansas edges Gonzaga for No. 1

November 24, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Last I checked, two is still greater than one.  Thus, when evaluating the No. 1 spot on this morning’s Seed List, Kansas edges Gonzaga.  The Jayhawks have neutral-court wins over both Michigan State and Tennessee.  Gonzaga has a that neutral-court win over Duke.  One can argue that Gonzaga’s win is “better,” but in a close call, KU has done a smidgen more.  As a nice consolation prize, the Zags sit at No. 2 – ahead of Duke and Nevada.  That would mean your No. 1 seed line would be … Kansas (Midwest), Gonzaga (West), Duke (East) and Nevada (South)

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The biggest climbers are Texas, Texas Tech, Arizona State, and Creighton within the current field, and teams such as Utah State, VCU, and Ole Miss in the Top 100.  Florida, Xavier, and TCU are among those moving in the opposite direction.

Nothing definitive yet, but the first in-season bracket could appear next weekend as we move into December.  Enjoy the rest of your Thanksgiving weekend.

Quick Takes: Hawkeyes soar in New York

November 17, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Two days ago we were oozing about Michigan’s thrashing of Villanova.  Not to be outdone by its Big Ten partner, Iowa cruised into New York and exited with not one – but two – victories, beating up on Oregon and Connecticut at the 2K Classic.  Two weeks in, it appears the Hawkeyes have found a little defense to go along with their potent scoring potential.  If that remains true, they have a chance to be in the B10 race come February.

Speaking of the B10 … it’s worth reiterating how well the league has started as a collective group.  Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, and Ohio State have all posted notable non-conference victories. Michigan State was right there with Kansas; Minnesota beat Utah.  There were eight B10 teams in the preseason bracket; if this keeps up, that number could easily be in play.  Regardless, the Big Ten – ACC Challenge sure looks tasty, doesn’t it? Read more…

Quick Takes: Hello, Michigan – and – B10

November 15, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Hello, Michigan.  Feeling a bit of revenge, perhaps?  Just a tad?

Whether last year’s NCAA Championship game was on their mind or not, the Wolverines put a beat-down on Villanova Wednesday night.  On the road, no less.  It was a mere 44-17 at the half.  Duke’s 34-point win over Kentucky still resonates, obviously, but the Wolverine’s result ranks pretty high on the early-season stunner meter.

The question now … how do both teams respond?

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Seed List: Duke jumps to No. 1

November 10, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015I have no idea who would win if Duke and Kansas played today.  But I do know that Duke beat Kentucky by 34 points at the Champions Classic and looked the part of a No. 1 overall seed.  So as of this morning – five days into the season – that’s where the Blue Devils now reside on the Seed List.

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Elsewhere, Buffalo moves up after an overtime win at West Virginia. More importantly, the Bulls banked a power-worthy non-conference victory that has the chance to garner some major interest down the road. Read more…

Bracketology: Virginia reigns over Field of 68

March 11, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015While plenty of questions remain for a handful of teams on the bubble, this much we know: Virginia will be the overall No. 1 seed when the 2018 NCAA tournament bracket is revealed tonight.  The Cavaliers completed a remarkable season Saturday night by beating North Carolina in the ACC title game.  That appears to leave the No. 1 line as it was yesterday – Virginia, Villanova, Kansas, and Xavier.

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The underlying story today is Davidson, which plays Rhode Island in the Atlantic 10 championship.  If the Wildcats pull off an upset, one unlucky team will be bounced from the Field as Davidson would arrive as an automatic qualifier.

Other potential variables in play today (for seeding) include results in the SEC tournament (Tennessee vs. Kentucky) and the American (Cincinnati vs. Houston).  The Committee could build alternate brackets or decide each team’s body of work is basically complete.

However it works out, we’ve reached another Selection Sunday.  Here’s to an incredible journey through the Madness of March.