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Quick Takes: Providence, FSU post key wins

February 15, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015How unpredictable has college hoops been this season?  Look no further than Providence.  This past weekend, the Friars lost by double-digits at home to DePaul.  On the same floor Wednesday night, those same Friars took down Villanova.  Opposite ends of the spectrum, for sure.

It was also a big night for Florida State.  Heading into Wednesday night’s game against Clemson, the Seminoles had dropped three of four, including road tilts at Wake Forest and Notre Dame.  Then they found themselves down 18 points to the Tigers.  They needed a rally – and found it.  And that quickly, resume life looks a little more stable again for FSU.

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Bracketology: Virginia leads final march to Selection Sunday

February 12, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015The Selection Committee has spoken, having revealed its initial Top 16 teams (seed list) prior to games tipping on Sunday.  There were no overwhelming surprises, although one could debate the plusses and minuses of the Committee slotting Oklahoma as its final No. 4 seed, in particular.  Their reasoning throughout the Top 16, whether you agree or disagree, was pretty clear: the Committee still values traditional measures such quality wins, strength of schedule, road performance, and an RPI-based demarkation for sorting teams (now using Groups or Quadrants rather than merely Top 50 or Top 100).  That doesn’t mean individual or collective members of the Committee will not use or value other metrics (BPI, SOR, Ken Pom, etc) in the process, but the ole standbys appear to be actively in place.

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The Committee selected Virginia as its overall No. 1 seed, followed by Villanova, Xavier, and Purdue.  Purdue’s overall profile – and its small margins in defeat – kept the Boilermakers on the top line.  That said, we have about a month left, and things can change.  We’ve seen teams make late charges; we’ve seen teams go into late-February swoons.  The bubble is once again deep and includes a hodgepodge of resumes that look eerily similar.  In other words, the race is on.

 

Bracketology: Good times in Philadelphia

February 5, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015It’s a good morning to be a Philadelphia sports fan.  After winning a thrilling Super Bowl, the Eagles stand alone atop the National Football League world.  Then there’s Villanova, who after defeating Seton Hall earlier on Sunday, continues to hold the No. 1 overall spot in today’s bracket.

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Joining Villanova on the top line are Virginia, Purdue, and Xavier.  The Musketeers can thank Kansas and Duke, both of whom lost over the weekend.  They can also thank arch-rival Cincinnati.  Xavier’s non-conference win over the Bearcats was enough to push the Musketeers past Auburn for the final No. 1 seed.

The middle and lower portions of the bracket remain quite fluid.  It’s been a wild season in college hoops.  Should we expect anything different now?  Enjoy the countdown. March Madness is right around the corner.

Bracketology: Villanova, Purdue lead Field

January 15, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015As the dust settles following another wild weekend of college hoops, Villanova and Purdue hold the top two positions on the Seed List.  Oklahoma now sits third, with West Virginia fourth.  This small shift from Friday allows for a quick regional re-assesmment.  Since the mileage for Purdue between Atlanta (South Region) and Omaha (Midwest) is negligible, and Oklahoma is much closer to Omaha than Atlanta, the Boilermakers shift to the South and Oklahoma the Midwest.  Could such a situation occur during final bracket development on Selection Sunday?  Sure.  Thus, it’s a perfect example to use today.

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Elsewhere, the bracket remains fluid.  This shouldn’t be a surprise in mid-January.  We’re still in the process of forming resumes, and conference schedules are not created equal – especially through a few games.  We are at the point, however, where such things as non-conference schedule strength becomes more relevant.  Baylor is today’s example.  The Bears’ boast a not-so-pretty NC SOS of around 280, which puts a drag on an otherwise okay profile.  Fortunately (or unfortunately, I suppose), the Big 12 will help, provided Baylor wins some games, especially away from home.

Bracketology: West Virginia and a wild weekend

January 8, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Talk about your wild weekends.  In the wake of upsets, uprisings, and some general chaos, here’s a question worth asking … Which teams, if any, will emerge as clear-cut No. 1 seeds?  In most years, we can cite at least one or two of those teams in early January.  This year?  Not so much.  As it stands right now, even the best teams have flaws, which means there’s a legitimate race ahead for those coveted top four spots on the seed list.

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West Virginia held serve Saturday against Oklahoma and, for now, sits atop the South Region.  The Mountaineer are joined by Villanova (East), Oklahoma (Midwest), and Xavier (West) on the one-line.  When a group of bunched teams lose, sometimes a good loss (or an acceptable one) allows for status quo.  Either way, think about the seed list this morning the same as you do the weather.  Don’t like it much?  Give it a day or two; it’s likely to change.

Bracketology: Xavier vaults to top line

January 5, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015College hoops is as unpredictable as ever – which makes for great viewing and a lot movement in early bracket projections.  With Arizona State’s loss Thursday night in Colorado, the Xavier Musketeers slide up a spot on the seed list and enter the weekend as the No. 1 seed in the West Region.  Duke (South), Michigan State (Midwest), and Villanova (East) remain in their same positions.

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One could make a good case for Oklahoma or West Virginia on the top line, too.  Which makes Saturday’s tilt between the Sooners and Mountaineers in Morgantown that much more interesting.  If Oklahoma snags another quality road win tomorrow, (they already have wins at TCU and Wichita State), it’ll be hard to keep the Sooners off the top line regardless of Xavier’s outcome at Providence.

Quick Takes: SEC showing its depth

December 14, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015Christmas is less than two weeks away, and it’s a light week on the college hoops docket.  So if you missed LSU’s victory over Houston Wednesday night, that’s okay.  It’s not one of those grab-the-headline games.  But the Tigers’ victory serves as a reminder that this year’s SEC race is going to be fun.  The league is deeper than it’s been in years.  Forgotten after the Maui invitational, LSU’s resume now includes wins over Michigan (Maui) and Houston – both NCAA contenders.  LSU may not have enough to reach this year’s Field of 68, but opposing trips through Baton Rouge will not be easy.

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