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Bracket Report: Long waits for Xavier, Wake Forest

March 10, 2022 Leave a comment

home-tournament-64-thumb.jpgWake Forest and Xavier exited Stage Left on Wednesday – opening the door for a host of other bubble teams who are taking the court today and Friday.  All Wake and XU can do now is wait – and it may not end well for either.  Until we see results additional results, both the Demon Deacons and Musketeers hold onto spots in the Field – slated to face each other in Dayton.  By 6:00 p.m. today – that could change.

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Notable bubble teams in action today:
Indiana vs. Michigan – The Wolverines might survive a loss; it’s much less likely for the Hoosiers.
Florida vs. Texas AM – Feels like an elimination game.
Oklahoma (vs. Baylor) – The Sooners need a run to the B12 title game.
Virginia Tech vs. Notre Dame – The Irish are among the Last 4 Byes, so this game matters to both.  In an odd way, Virginia Tech and Virginia can help Wake’s case.
Virginia (vs. North Carolina) – The Cavaliers survived Louisville, but have to beat red-hot Carolina.

Among No. 1 seed contendersArizona takes the court against Stanford.  The Wildcats are trying to garner a No. 1 seed in the South Region since it appears Gonzaga owns the West.

Bracket Report: Gonzaga clinches West Region

March 9, 2022 Leave a comment

home-tournament-64-thumb.jpgFollowing Gonzaga’s win over Saint Mary’s, we should have a least one piece of the No. 1 seed puzzle in place.  The Zags will reign over the West Region – and they will likely be the NCAA Tournament’s top overall seed on Sunday night.

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Today, action begins for some bubble teams:
Xavier battles Butler in its Big East opener;
Wake Forest takes on Boston College in the ACC;
Virginia meets Louisville (ACC).

A couple of minor adjustments on the Seed List – and Tuesday’s automatic qualifiers – are reflected in this morning’s bracket update.  Tomorrow, we turn the pressure cooker up a few degrees.

Bracket Bits: Gonzaga wraps up the West; Wednesday’s Bubble games

March 11, 2020 Leave a comment

Dave2015With its win over Saint Mary’s in the West Coast Conference final, Gonzaga should be expecting another No. 1 Seed in the West Region on Sunday.  The Zags enter the 2020 NCAA tournament at 31-2.  While the Bulldogs’ non-conference schedule wasn’t as robust as usual (overall), metrics love the Zags and the Committee had them as a projected top seed during their reveal in February.  Between then and now, the Zags only loss was at BYU.

Five additional teams joined The Field: Northern Kentucky (Horizon), Yale (Ivy), North Dakota State (Summit), Robert Morris (NEC), Hofstra (Colonial). Read more…

Quick Takes: Saturday’s impacts include X marking its spot

February 2, 2020 Leave a comment

Dave2015Another wild Saturday of college hoops began with Xavier trumping Seton Hall in New Jersey, giving the Musketeers their best win of this season (even though some fans might enjoy beating Cincinnati more).  The fact that it came on the road was even better.  Perhaps just as important, XU finally looked like the team we expected to see in November. Which leads us to a rather simple question: Where does X go from here?  There’s plenty of work left to do for a team that had lost 5 of 6 Big East games prior to Saturday.

Late on Saturday, San Diego State rallied from a half-time deficit at home to pull away from Utah State, keeping the Aztecs’ perfect season in tact.  Although SDSU has a couple of tricky road trips left (Boise State, Nevada), it’s looking more and more likely the Aztecs will enter the Mountain West Tournament undefeated.

There’s this interesting tidbit, too … Gonzaga still has road trips through BYU and Saint Mary’s.  A loss to either would open the door (if not already) for San Diego State to be the No. 1 seed in the West Region.  Either way, with Oregon’s loss to Stanford, it’s appears that Gonzaga and SDSU may be the top two seeds out West. Read more…

Bracket Bits: Mid-week bubble games worth tracking

March 12, 2019 Leave a comment

Dave2015It will be a decisive week for several teams along the bubble.  For starters, we have a variety of power conference teams trying to maneuver their way through league tournaments.  We also have some quality mid-major programs with viable profiles who are waiting and watching as events unfold.

With that in mind, here’s a quick peek at some mid-week bubble games that could have significant bracket ramifications come Sunday night …

WEDNESDAY
Clemson vs. NC State (ACC) … Whether both of these ACC bubble teams can make the final bracket remains to be seen.  But this has the look and feel of a potential elimination game.  It likely depends on how the Selection Committee uses its newly minted NET ratings for selection and whether or not the Committee’s prior emphasizes on a team’s non-conference strength of schedule remains part of the current equation.  For what it’s worth, each team’s SOS and NC-SOS are still noted on the NCAA’s official team sheets.

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