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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…

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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: How will Florida finish?

February 22, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015How will Florida finish its season?  That’s a huge question for the Gators, who face a tough closing stretch and an ultra-competitive SEC tournament.  Why does it matter?  Because for all of the Gators’ quality wins, they are sliding.  Their record is sliding, their RPI is sliding, and their perception as an NCAA team is sliding.

Since winning at Kentucky on January 20, Florida’s two wins of note are Baylor and LSU, both of which reside along the cutline.  The Gators are 3-6 during that stretch (their other win was South Carolina).  And here’s what lies ahead … Auburn (home), Alabama (road), Kentucky (home).  With a record of 17-11, their margin is sliding, too.  If the Gators win both home games, tensions ease.  That would put them at 19-12 heading into the SEC tournament with enough Quadrant 1/2 wins to easily make the NCAA tournament.  But what if they finish 1-2 in those last three?  Or, gulp, 0-3?  In those scenarios, Florida would enter its conference tourney at 18-13 or 17-14.  Vanderbilt snuck in last year with a loss-heavy profile – largely due to it overall strength of schedule.  But do the Gators want to test that theory again?  How will Florida finish?  It’s a huge question for the Gators to answer these next two weeks. Read more…

Quick Takes: Louisville slides onto the bubble

February 6, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Louisville and Syracuse now have something in common: The Bubble.  As the Orange exited the KFC Yum! Center on Monday night, they took a nice gift with them – a road win over a fellow bubble team.  That’s right, Louisville – losers of three straight and four of five – is now a bubble team with a month to go until Selection Sunday.

As recently as a week ago, it was easy to look at the Cardinals’ fast ACC start and believe they were on solid ground – even more so when you saw an upcoming three-game home stretch that included Florida State, Syracuse, and Georgia Tech.  Oh, how things can change.  Louisville has now lost the first two of those home games – adding a lot of pressure to the Cards’ date with Georgia Tech on Thursday.  Louisville’s closing stretch is brutal – it includes trips to Duke, Virginia Tech, and NC State, plus home games with North Carolina and Virginia.  A berth in the 2018 NCAA tournament is squarely on the line.

Other Quick Takes from Monday … Read more…

Bracket Bits: 12 surprising teams of Christmas

December 26, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015As there are traditionally 12 days of Christmas, let’s plug into that theme and launch Bracket Bits.  Our first endeavor?  How about the 12 surprising teams of Christmas? Teams which have brought college hoops a little extra joy this season …

Arizona State – The Sun Devils are a perfect 12-0, own a road win at Kansas, a neutral-court victory over Xavier, a dominate win over San Diego State, and other notable Ws against St. John’s and Kansas State.  Even those of us that thought ASU might contend as a bubble team (they began at No. 80 on the seed list), we never saw this coming.  Extra presents in Tempe!

Oklahoma – The Sooners began preseason play at No. 42 on the seed list.  Behind the incredible Trae Young, those same Sooners are 10-1, a record that features a road win at Wichita State, to go along with victories over USC (when highly ranked), Northwestern, and Oregon.  Young, a freshman, currently leads the NCAA in scoring and assists – a gift that keeps on giving. Read more…

Quick Takes: Bonnies earn resume win

December 23, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015St. Bonaventure earned an early Christmas present Friday in the form of a resume-building win at Syracuse.  Projected as one of our final teams “in” to start the season (preseason bracket), the Bonnies opened with a loss to Niagara.  Since, they’ve beaten Maryland in a close game, lost to TCU, avoided further slip-ups, and added yesterday’s road win at the Carrier Dome.  Which puts them back about where they started.  When the Seed List updates again (Christmas Eve morning), St. Bonaventure figures to be in the mix for one of the final bracket spots.

Other Quick Takes from Friday … Read more…

Quick Takes: Moving Day in college hoops

March 9, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015If you’re a golf fan, you’ll understand the reference to Moving Day. Moving Day in a Major tournament is Saturday.  It’s the day when golfers position themselves for the final round on Sunday.  Today is a Moving Day in college hoops.

Bracketology   |   Seed List

Bubble teams Kansas State, Illinois, Iowa, California, and Vanderbilt- among others – take the court with a lot on the line.  The same can be said, potentially, for Xavier, and even USC, although both helped themselves by avoiding a bad loss on Wednesday.  Elsewhere, middle of the bracket teams like Michigan and Northwestern look to solidify their positions. Read more…