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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…

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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.

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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.

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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…

Quick Takes: Big day for Bubble teams

March 8, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015It’s an especially big day for Bubble teams: Syracuse, Wake Forest, and Clemson take the floor at the ACC tourney in Brooklyn.  It’s also the day when California and USC open Pac-12 tournament play, and Xavier gets a renewed matchup with DePaul in the opening round of the Big East.

Bracketology   |   Seed List

Then there’s Illinois State.  The Redbirds must sit and watch as action around them continues. Tomorrow, Illinois and Iowa try to make a final push at the Big Ten tourney. Friday, Rhode Island opens A-10 play.  It’s a worthy reminder than none of these games occur in a vacuum.  Each result has to be measured in context. Read more…

Bracketology: Syracuse banks in a little Madness

February 23, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015The bank was open Wednesday night in Syracuse. John Gillon’s three-pointer at the buzzer lifted Syracuse over Duke at the Carrier Dome and back (again) into the bracket.  It’s been a wild month for the Orange who now need to close the deal.  It was also a big night for Providence, who used a Kyron Cartwright trey to knock off Creighton in Omaha.  And then Dillon Brooks nailed a long-distance dagger to beat California and leave the Bears teetering for bracket survival as February comes to a close.  Are we ready for March yet?

Bracketology  |  Seed List

No changes on the No. 1 seed line.  By a whisker, Villanova holds onto the overall No. 1 seed after its second loss to Butler, a team whose profile is far better than its AP ranking. Kansas, North Carolina, and Gonzaga round out the group.  UNC moves up to No. 3 after dispatching Louisville.

If last night was any indication, it’s going to be a fun late-season ride to Selection Sunday.