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Bracketology: UCLA making its case

February 28, 2020 Leave a comment

Dave2015With just over two weeks until Selection Sunday, this year’s Selection Committee is once again going to have some challenging resumes to dissect. Today’s Case Study is UCLA.

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Relegated to a rebuilding year after a sluggish 6-6 start, the Bruins have won six straight games (7 of 8 overall) in the Pac-12 and enter today tied with Oregon atop the league standings. That’s important, because should the Bruins end in a tie – or win an outright regular-season title – it would add a profile component the Committee values.

Back to the most recent stretch, UCLA’s streak includes road victories at Arizona and Colorado, and a home win last night over Arizona State.  In all, UCLA’s profile now includes five Quadrant 1 wins (including the aforementioned two Top Tier Quad 1 road wins) and four wins against likely NCAA teams. Read more…

Bracketology: Kansas grabs overall No. 1 Seed

February 24, 2020 Leave a comment

Dave2015Following its win at Baylor, Kansas grabs the No. 1 overall seed in today’s bracket update.  That said, it’s basically semantics. Kansas continues to lead the Midwest Region and Baylor the South Region.  The margin between the two is more of a 1-A and 1-B approach.

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The biggest surprise of the weekend was San Diego State losing at home to UNLV.  For now, the Aztecs hold onto their No. 1 seed in the East.  Maryland could have made a strong case had the Terrapins won at Ohio State on Sunday.  Either way, the door is now open for a Big Ten, Big East, or ACC champion to potentially overtake SDSU. Dayton is squarely in the mix, too.

As for the Bubble, the Providence Friars and UCLA Bruins have both recovered from challenging starts to emerge as serious at-large contenders.

 

Bubble Takes: Providence, UCLA emerge as serious contenders

February 23, 2020 Leave a comment

Dave2015Three weeks from Selection Sunday, the once forgotten Providence Friars and UCLA Bruins have emerged as serious at-large contenders.  UCLA also finds itself in position to potentially win the Pac-12 regular season title.  Let that sink in for a moment.

Here’s quick glance at those two teams with three weeks to go – plus some other Bubble Notes from a busy Saturday:

Providence:
With its victory over Marquette, Providence improved to 16-12 overall and 9-6 in the Big East.  While those numbers may not be overwhelming, consider where the Friars started 2020.  They ended the non-conference portion of their schedule at 7-6, with losses to Northwestern, Penn, Charleston, and Long Beach State.  In other words, it was going to take a long, uphill climb to re-emerge in March.  Thus far, mission accomplished.  Now, can the Friars finish the deal? Read more…

Quick Takes: NC State wraps up notable win over Auburn

December 20, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015It wasn’t pretty – NC State and Auburn combined for 47 turnovers – but the Wolfpack wrapped up notable win over the Tigers Wednesday night in Raleigh.  Why so notable?  To put it simply – even with early victories over Vanderbilt and Penn State on neutral courts, the Wolfpack’s resume was somewhat overshadowed by seven Group 4 victories (per NET rankings) and an associated a non-conference schedule ranked around 300.  That’s quite a feast of pre-Holiday cupcakes.  And while a victory over Auburn doesn’t change those facts, it does add validity to the large margin of victory in most of those outcomes.  Up next: a couple more pastries before an opening ACC trip to Miami on January 3. Read more…

Quick Takes: Tough day for Cats, ‘Canes

December 24, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015Kentucky and Miami-FL received a couple of unwelcome presents on Saturday.  UK’s arrived wrapped in UCLA paper; Miami’s covered in a New Mexico State print.  For the Wildcats, who started five freshman against the Bruins, some bumps are expected.  Losing to a re-tooling UCLA outfit qualifies as one of those.  If they bounce back against Louisville on Friday, the Cats will have gone 2-2 against their top non-conference opponents.  And unlike some previous years, plenty of quality wins await in the SEC.  As for the Hurricanes, the loss stings a little more.  First, it means their final game in Honolulu will be against Middle Tennessee instead of USC (even though USC has underachieved).  Second, it leaves us wondering a little about the Canes’ resolve.  Other than an early win at Minnesota (ACC-Big10 Challenge), Miami has played a rather ho-hum schedule.  The loss, perhaps, adds a little urgency to the team’s opening ACC slate, which includes three of five on the road.

Other Christmas Eve Quick Takes … Read more…

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Bracketology: The race for No. 1 seeds

December 30, 2016 Leave a comment

Dave2015It’s New Year’s weekend.  Conference play has started.  The race toward March is upon us, and with it, the race for No. 1 Seeds.  Today, those slots belong to Villanova, Kansas, Baylor, and UCLA.  Villanova’s survival against DePaul, and UCLA’s last-second loss at Oregon do not change those team’s positions.  Opinions vary, of course, but the next four spots on the Seed List look like this: Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Gonzaga.  If you have a different order, that’s fine.  For me, UCLA’s win at Kentucky still trumps a one-loss Duke team, whose best win is Florida on a neutral court.

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Indiana and Texas AM take the biggest slides.  When the Hoosiers are good, they’re really good – as noted by wins over Kansas and Carolina.  But IU has also been inconsistent and played a rather ugly non-conference schedule for a team with its roster and pedigree.  The result?  IU has an RPI of 122 (as of this posting), with the loss at Fort Wayne and then at home to Nebraska.  The Hoosiers are too talented to be concerned, but a protected seed has to be earned.  With that in mind, Louisville awaits on Saturday. Read more…

Quick Takes: Villanova a tough out

December 11, 2016 Leave a comment

Dave2015I don’t know if Villanova is the best team in college basketball, but they’re a tough out. When needed most, against a more-than-game Irish group from Notre Dame, senior guard Josh Hart rallied his troops from an 11-point deficit with a career-high 37 points.  Villanova will lose this year, but someone will have to beat them – for 40 minutes.  Because the reigning National Champions still have heart (and Hart).  Satisfied with last year’s journey?  It doesn’t appear that way.  Despite shooting just 25 percent from beyond the arc, ‘Nova dug in and held Notre Dame to 27 percent.  Then promptly outscored the Irish 20-6 at the free throw line.  There are a lot of ways to win basketball games and Villanova has a knack for knowing what it takes. Read more…

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