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Quick Takes: Urgency for NC State; Tuesday’s Bubble Games

January 28, 2020 Leave a comment

Dave2015A week ago, North Carolina State was riding a three-game winning streak that included a road victory at Virginia.  This morning, the Wolfpack are facing a potential three-game losing streak, having dropped back-to-back games to Georgia Tech and North Carolina – with Louisville heading to Raleigh this weekend.  Urgency is needed.

NC State’s only NCAA-level win (per Monday’s bracket projection) is Wisconsin at home.  If we peel back the onion a bit further, the Wolfpack are 1-2 vs. teams “In the Field”  – with five losses to teams “Outside the Field.” Read more…

Quick Takes: Kentucky rebuilding its resume

December 30, 2018 Leave a comment

Dave2015Two months ago, when the preseason bracket was posted here at Bracketville, Kentucky opened as the No. 1 seed in the South Region.  The Wildcats were second on the initial Seed List.  Then came the 34-point opening-night loss to Duke … and we all took a step back, wondering what to expect from this year’s mix of fresh faces and returning talent.

Saturday’s win over rival Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center gave us a glimpse that the length and athleticism we lauded in October might still come together as expected.  Since their drubbing against Duke, the Wildcats are 10-1, including back-to-back victories over North Carolina and the aforementioned Cardinals.  Their lone loss in that span is a one-point overtime defeat vs. Seton Hall, who, by the way, handed St. John’s its first defeat yesterday.  With a favorable opening slate in the SEC, Kentucky is in position to rebuild its resume and continue climbing the Seed List. 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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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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Quick Takes: Baylor back at it again

November 22, 2017 Leave a comment

Dave2015One of these preseasons, I’ll learn.  Maybe.  Despite losses and questions, the Baylor Bears will make a favorable early impression and climb the Seed List.  Count on it.  I just need to leave my notes where I can find them next October.  Exhibit A: This year’s den of bear cubs, which started at No. 28 (final 7 seed) on our preseason list, vaulted up to No. 20 this morning (update not posted; Thanksgiving edition planned) after a rather fine trip to Kansas City.  The Bears head back to Waco with wins over Wisconsin and Creighton. Pretty good stuff, I’d say.  Next up? A couple of teams you may have heard of – Xavier and Wichita State.  If Baylor ends up 7-0 after those two (adding in the wins they just garnered), the Bears will have one of the best early resumes in the country.   Even a 1-1 finish puts them in great standing as December arrives.

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