Tuesday, December 26, 2017

12/12 SEEDING LIST

Details/explanations will be thrown into a later post.

The 1 line:  Villanova (10-0), Duke (11-1), Michigan St (9-1), North Carolina (9-1)
The 2 line:  Texas A&M (8-1), Xavier (9-1), Kansas (7-2), Arizona St (9-0)
The 3 line:  Kentucky (8-1), Wichita St (8-1), Miami (8-0), West Virginia (9-1)
The 4 line:  Purdue (10-2), Notre Dame (7-2), Seton Hall (8-1), Gonzaga (8-2)
The 5 line:  Virginia (8-1), Florida St (9-0), Cincinnati (7-2), TCU (10-0)
The 6 line:  Arizona (7-3), Minnesota (8-3), Maryland (9-3), Florida (6-3)
The 7 line:  Baylor (6-2), Creighton (7-2), Louisville (6-2), Arkansas (7-2)
The 8 line:  Nevada (8-2), Tennessee (7-1), Texas (6-2), Oregon (6-3)
The 9 line:  USC (4-3), Michigan (7-3), Rhode Island (5-3), Butler (8-2)
The 10 line:  SMU (7-3), Northern Iowa (6-2), Boise St (8-1), UCLA (7-2)
The 11 line:  Oklahoma (7-1), Temple (6-2), St John's (7-2), Syracuse (8-1), Alabama (7-3)
The 12 line:  Ohio St (8-3), Loyola(Chi) (9-1), Central Michigan (6-1), Towson (8-1), Middle Tennessee (6-1)
The 13 line:  South Dakota St (5-4), Georgia Southern (5-2), Iona (4-4), UC Davis (6-2)
The 14 line:  Murray St (4-1), Vermont (5-4), Utah Valley (5-4), Penn (7-4)
The 15 line:  Mercer (4-4), Portland St (6-2), Milwaukee (5-3), Navy (8-3)
The 16 line:  Stephen F Austin (6-1), UNC Asheville (4-4), Wagner (5-1), Lipscomb (5-4), North Carolina A&T (3-4), Prairie View A&M (2-7)

Next 4 in:
UCLA
Oklahoma
Temple
St John's

Last 4 in:
Syracuse
Alabama
Ohio St
Loyola(Chi)

Last 4 out:
Missouri (7-2)
St Mary's (8-2)
St Bonaventure (8-2)
San Diego St (6-3)

Next 4 out:
Houston (8-1)
Providence (7-3)
Virginia Tech (9-1)
Auburn (8-1)

Break it down!:
ACC 8
Big East 6
Big 12 6
SEC 6
B1G 6
Pac-12 5
AAC 4
MVC 2
MWC 2

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

12/12 BRACKET

This bracket is quite unbalanced, but it's not worth finding solutions at this time of year.  That West regional sure is funny, though.

ACC - seems to be top heavy.  We'll be able to discard the bottom teams quickly, while I expect an easy 8-9 teams to make it.
Pac-12 - is a tire fire, and I beg of you to tell me what to do with them.
B1G - is a secret tire fire as well, but has a few more viable bubble teams.  They'll claw and scratch towards 6 bids.
Big 12 - is of their usual caliber this year
Big East - is of their usual caliber this year
SEC - scheduling is paying off!  Should be a strong 6-7 bids this year, IMO.

A-10 - the tire fire to end all tire fires.  I don't see an at-large path for anyone but URI at this point.  Not a lot of time yet to fix.
WCC - struggling this year, St Mary's is in trouble, and heck maybe Gonzaga too if they stumble
MWC - the vacancies of the above two conferences plus their own rebound should mean that they are at least bubble players.  They should find 2 teams, one way or the other
MVC - also helped by the others floundering, I give them a fighting shot at 2 bids
AAC - should get to 3 and maybe 4 bids.  Of their typical strength this year


EAST 32
@Pittsburgh
1) Villanova vs. 16) Wagner/North Carolina A&T
8) Oregon vs. 9) Rhode Island
@Wichita
4) Purdue vs. 13) South Dakota St
5) Virginia vs. 12) Ohio St/Loyola(Chi)
@Nashville
3) Miami vs. 14) Murray St
6) Minnesota vs. 11) Syracuse/Alabama
@Wichita
2) Kansas vs. 15) Milwaukee
7) Creighton vs. 10) SMU

WEST 39
@Charlotte
1) North Carolina vs. 16) UNC Asheville
8) Tennessee vs. 9) Michigan
@San Diego
4) Seton Hall vs. 13) Georgia Southern
5) TCU vs. 12) Middle Tennessee
@Pittsburgh
3) West Virginia vs. 14) Vermont
6) Florida vs. 11) Temple
@San Diego
2) Arizona St vs. 15) Portland St
7) Arkansas vs. 10) Boise St

MIDWEST 31
@Detroit
1) Michigan St vs. 16) Stephen F Austin
8) Nevada vs. 9) USC
@Boise
4) Notre Dame vs. 13) Iona
5) Cincinnati vs. 12) Central Michigan
@Dallas
3) Wichita St vs. 14) Utah Valley
6) Arizona vs. 11) Oklahoma
@Dallas
2) Texas A&M vs. 15) Navy
7) Baylor vs. 10) UCLA

SOUTH 33
@Charlotte
1) Duke vs. 16) Lipscomb/Prairie View A&M
8) Texas vs. 9) Butler
@Boise
4) Gonzaga vs. 13) UC Davis
5) Florida St vs. 12) Towson
@Nashville
3) Kentucky vs. 14) Penn
6) Maryland vs. 11) St John's
@Detroit
2) Xavier vs. 15) Mercer
7) Louisville vs. 10) Northern Iowa

12/11 recap

@Minnesota 68, Drake 67
@Oregon 74, Texas Southern 68
um...@Northwestern 96, Chicago St 31?

So it was a light impact day.  I got nothin'.

Monday, December 11, 2017

12/10 recap

Bracket might be coming soon.  It's about that time of year that one can go up without it looking too nefarious.

Signature wins:
Arizona St 95, @Kansas 85 - the Pac-12, which is a tire fire, now has two wins at Kansas this week.  What in the actual hell
Gonzaga 97, @Washington 70 - as a road win, has a good chance of ending up Tier 1

catastrophic losses:
@Oral Roberts 73, Missouri St 66


A very quiet day, which is the norm around this early December time.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

12/9 recap

signature wins:
@Boston College 89, Duke 84 - I don't expect BC to be any kind of player in the bubble race, but hey, everyone has to start their resume with a signature win somewhere
Florida 66, Cincinnati 60 - this is a stop-the-bleeding result that stabilizes the resume, just a bit
Wichita St 78, @Oklahoma St 66 - road wins are never trivial
@Arkansas 95, Minnesota 79


this and that:
Notre Dame 92, @Delaware 68 - how about that for a road game
@Xavier 96, Colorado 69 - probably won't have much value
West Virginia 69, @Pittsburgh 60 - Pitt is terrible so this ain't no signature road win
@Seton Hall 90, VCU 67 - VCU does not have the same resume value this year that they normally do
@Michigan 78, UCLA 69 (OT) - should be a quality win by March, but a home one nonetheless
Marquette 82, @Wisconsin 63
@Louisville 71, Indiana 62 - both these wins over B1G teams are a bit muted because they're not playing all that great
@Creighton 75, Nebraska 65
Penn 78, @Dayton 70
@Penn St 74, George Washington 54 - we've reached the A-10 fail portion of the recap
@Middle Tennessee 77, Ole Miss 58
Houston 77, @St Louis 58
@Arizona 88, Alabama 82
@UNLV 89, Illinois 82

questionable losses:
@UMass 72, Providence 63
@Ball St 71, Valparaiso 70
FGCU 85, @UT-Arlington 78 - this derails some of the UTA bandwagon
@Northeastern 71, Vermont 67 - and there goes the Vermont bandwagon.  Road win are tough
California 63, @San Diego St 62 - really really bad loss for SDSU
Tulsa 61, @Kansas St 54

12/8 recap

Light night, which is to be expected on Fridays

Arizona St 82, St John's 70 - neutral site win, which isn't nothing.  ASU isn't cooperating with the narrative of Pac-12 failing
Oklahoma 85, USC 83 - see, this is more like it for the Pac-12
TCU 84, Nevada 80 - a probable Tier 1 win
@Oregon 95, Colorado St 65

Friday, December 8, 2017

12/7 recap

@Purdue 80, Valparaiso 50
@Northern Iowa 62, UT Arlington 58
@Iowa St 84, Iowa 78

Holy crap this night was light.  I got nothing else for ya.  Carry on.