Wednesday, November 7, 2018

OVERREACTION WEDNESDAY

- Duke is UNLV, circa 1990. That was a ridiculous display last night. Really, both games were quite refreshing. Good basketball comes from good offense. Bad basketball comes from bad offense. Nobody is pining for the 2000 Final Four. They are pining for the 1990 Final Four, though. Of course, local dipshit, Tom Oates of the Madison State Journal used it as an opportunity to bash Tyler Herro and Kentucky, saying good thing Herro didn’t keep his commitment to Madison because he’d have to play defense. SB Nation Marquette blog, Anonymous Eagle did a great job destroying the stupidity of it based solely on the fact, Wisconsin beat Kentucky in the 2015 Final 4, despite Kentucky having the better defense. Guess who had the better offense? Also, take a gander at who had better defensive efficiency numbers since Coach Cal has been at Kentucky, insert tea-sipping Kermit.

- Back to Duke. They won’t go undefeated, the ACC is too much of a meat grinder but they have the right mix this year. Enough vets and frosh hungry to win. Last years team wasn’t far off and was a coin flip from the Final 4. Prepare for lots of Duke hate.

- Florida State’s evisceration of Florida sort of got lost last night but we could look back at that as a significant win and perhaps a harbinger of things to come. The SEC and ACC will jostle for top leagues. Let’s see where these two end up. All the caveats apply, its November and good teams get better, mediocre teams can peak early.

- Finally, haven’t said much about Marquette. Last night was a good win in the sense they won with defense. UMBC isn’t good. Still, Marquette happily let bad teams cut through their Swiss cheese defense last year. Theo John could be the sophomore that takes a big step for them this year.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

First Bracketology

1 seed vs 16 seed
Kansas (Big12) vs NCCU (MEAC)/St.Francis(NEC)
Duke vs Grambling(SWAC)/Radford(Bsouth)
Nevada (Mwest) vs Lipscomb (Asun)
Duke vs Rider (MAAC)
2 seed vs 15 seed
Gonzaga (WCC) vs LeHigh(Patriot)
Virginia vs Montana (Bsky)
Michigan St(B1G) vs UNC-Greensboro(SoCon)
Tennessee (SEC) vs N.Kentucky(Horizon)
3 seed vs 14 seed
Villanova (Beast) vs Vermont(Aeast)
Kentucky vs Belmont(OVC)
Auburn vs UC-Irvine (Bwest)
Kansas State vs Harvard (Ivy)
4 seed vs 13 seed
Virginia Tech vs New Mexico St (WAC)
Texas Tech vs SFA (Sland)
Florida vs Georgia St (Sbelt)
Purdue vs South Dakota St (Summit)
5 seed vs 12 seed
TCU vs Northeastern (Colonial)
Butler vs Buffalo (MAC)
Clemson vs W.Kentucky (Cusa)
West Virginia vs Davidson (A10)
6 seed vs 11 seed
Oregon (Pac12) vs Illinois State/Creighton
Nebraska vs Seton Hall/Maryland
Florida State vs Wisconsin
Syracuse vs Loyola-Chi(Mvalley)
7 seed vs 10 seed
Cincinnati (AAC) vs Marquette
Michigan vs UCF
Indiana vs Arizona
Miami vs Texas
8 seed vs 9 seed
UCLA vs Houston
Ohio State vs Xavier
Mississippi State vs Notre Dame
NC State vs LSU
First Four Out
Louisville
St. John's
USC
San Diego State
Next Four Out
Marshall
Iowa State
Penn State
Wichita State
Also Considered
Missouri
Vanderbilt
Oklahoma State
Utah
Washington
St. Mary's
Arizona State
Old Dominion

Brian's Predictions

Elite Eight
Kansas over Gonzaga
Tennessee over North Carolina
Duke over Kentukcy
Nevada over Kansas State

Final Four
Kansas over Tennessee
Duke over Nevada

National Championship
Kansas over Duke

Conference Previews - #1

The ACC is #1 due to two facts; they have multiple teams capable of making the Final Four and sheer volume.  North Carolina gets the nod over Duke and I look forward to Virginia losing as a 2 seed a year after losing as a 1.

Conference: ACC
Rank: 1
Conference Champion: North Carolina

At-Large Bids: Duke, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Florida State, NC State, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Miami, Maryland

Monday, November 5, 2018

Kurly’s Bold and Fearless Predictions

Elite 8

Kansas over Villanova
Duke over Tennessee 
Kentucky over UNC
Nevada over Gonzaga

Final Four

Duke over Kansas
Kentucky over Nevada


National Championship

Duke over Kentucky

Player of the Year: Luke Maye, UNC

All-Americans

Luke Maye
Zion Williamson 
Reid Travis
Phil Booth
Caleb Martin

3 Teams Overachieving: Butler, Ohio State & Notre Dame

3 Teams Underachieving: Kansas State, Michigan State, Florida State


Sunday, November 4, 2018

Conference Previews - #2


The SEC comes in as a close 2nd.  I debated between the ACC and the SEC but ultimately went with the SEC 2nd as the ACC has a couple teams that could be Final Four bound.  As for the SEC I have Tennessee edging out Kentucky and Auburn for the conference title.  I love the Vols this year and see them as a team that has Final Four potential and not a lot of buzz.  Kentucky will be great again and both teams could make a deep run.  Mississippi State will surprise a lot of people

Conference: SEC
Rank: 2
Conference Champion: Tennessee
At-Large Bids: Kentucky, Auburn, Florida, LSU, Mississippi State

Conference Previews - #3


Now we start to hit the real contenders.  The Big 12 looks to be somewhat deep but once again the class of the conference is Kansas who enters the season as the favorite to cut down the nets in March.  Kansas State returns most of their lineup from last years deep run and *should* push Kansas.  TCU is a sleeper here.

Conference: Big 12
Rank: 3
Conference Champion: Kansas
At-Large Bids: Kansas St, TCU, Texas Tech, West Virginia, Texas