Predictions for the Maui Invitaional

Maui Invitational Game Previews and Bracketology

It is feast week, which means a whole week dedicated to early season tournaments that provide a lot of fun matchups. Being as we have a lot of fun early season matchups decided in the always fun Bracket format, I thought I would give my Bracket predictions for the top tournaments, which starts today with the Maui Invitational.

Round One:

VCU 71 Marquette 76

The best game in the First Round of the Invitational will be between two teams currently projected to be on the bubble and a win would be helpful to both teams down the stretch. This game will be tight throughout, look for the Golden Eagles just to make one or two more shots than the Rams and win this game.

Wichita State 94 California 43

This isn’t a D1 vs D2 school, but its not much better. California has already lost to UC Riverside, while Wichita State has already showed their dominance against Charleston, that alone should tell you who will win this game. Maybe the Shockers have an off night and only win by 20, but there is no way California wins this game.

Notre Dame 127 Chaminade 86

This is a Division 1 school going up against a Division 2 school, the game will be played at a high pace because Chaminade likes to only play that way and Notre Dame knows they can win that way. The Irish will use this game to work on their rotations and prepare for future games in the Maui Invitational.

Michigan 74 LSU 63

The Wolverines have underperformed thus far, but have an overall experienced team that have a good chance to make the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers seem to be heading on the right track under new head coach Will Wade, however it would be hard to see them beating an experienced Michigan team this early in the season.

Round Two:

VCU 95 California 63

After a tough loss in the first round of the tournament the Rams will play an easy California team in the second round. The Rams will bounce back and win quite handily and will get to play in the 5th place game.

LSU 103 Chaminade 88

Coming off a tough loss in the first round of the Maui Invitational, the Tigers will get tournament host Chaminade. The Silverswords have the offense to keep up with most teams, but their lack of defense will allow the Tigers to win this game comfortably.

Wichita State 75 Marquette 55

The Golden Eagles will be fresh off a tough win over VCU, then will have to face the Shockers in round two. The Eagles can make shots, however it won’t be enough as Wichita State will still probably win by 20.

Notre Dame 86 Michigan 70

The Wolverines will go up against potential player of the year Bonzie Colson in a game that will datermine who gets to play Wichita State in the Maui Invitational. The Wolverines will not get blown out, however the Irish will use a late second half run to pull away and move into the Maui Invitational Championship game.

Round Three:

California 85 Chaminade 88

The battle for last place will almost certainly be between these two teams, Chaminade the host  a Division 2 school that always plays well in this tournament will play a California team that if they lose this game to Chaminade will almost certainly be cooked by @CollegeHoopNews’ chef bubble. Look for this game to be back and forth throughout but in the end the Silverswords will pull out a victory and secure a 7th place finish in the Maui Invitational.

VCU 77 LSU 66

A game that will likely be an unintentional matchup will see Will Wade go up against his former team in the 5th place game. The issue Will Wade will have is he left his old team VCU with too much talent and so it would be hard to see LSU winning this game. Look for the Tigers to keep the game close, however look for the more experienced team in VCU to pull away late.

Marquette 82 Michigan 77

A game between two potential NCAA Tournament teams will see the hot shooting Marquette Golden Eagles go up against a tough and experienced Michigan team. Look for this game to be close throughout, but a couple of late three-pointers by Markus Howard will lift the Golden Eagles to a win in the third place game.

Notre Dame 67 Wichita State 70

The Championship game of the Maui Invitational will see the Irish lead by Bonzie Colson go up against one of the deepest teams in the country in Wichita State. This game will be close throughout, with no team ever taking a lead over 7 points. Late in the game it will be Landry Shamet and Bonzie Colson going back and forth offensively. With the game tied at 67, Landry Shamet will hit a game-winning three pointer at the buzzer to give the Shockers the Maui Invitational Championship.

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Bracketology: Red Raiders and Trojans jump seeds

Bracketology by Jonathon Warriner

After games on November 19th 2017

South Region (Atlanta)

1.Duke (Charlotte)

16.Furman

8.Baylor

9.Rhode Island

4.Seton Hall (Pittsburgh)

13.Bucknell

5.Cincinnati

12.Virginia Tech

3.Michigan State (Detroit)

14.Grand Canyon

6.Providence

11.Vermont

2.Arizona (San Diego)

15.Montana

7.Gonzaga

10.Missouri

West Region (Los Angeles)

1.USC (San Diego)

16.Long Beach State

8.Nevada

9.Texas

4.Florida (Boise)

13.Missouri State

5.St. Mary’s

12.SMU/ St. John’s

3.Miami (Charlotte)

14.Harvard

6.Maryland

11.Florida Gulf Coast

2.Texas A&M (Dallas)

15.Monmouth

7.TCU

10.Oregon

Midwest Region (Omaha)

1.Kansas (Wichita)

16.St. Francis (PA)/ Hampton

8.Iowa

9.Creighton

4.Xavier (Nashville)

13.Charleston

5.North Carolina

12.Belmont

3.Kentucky (Nashville)

14.UAB

6.UCLA

11.Butler/ Virginia Tech

2.Wichita State (Dallas)

15.South Dakota State

7.Louisville

10.Arkansas

East Region (Boston)

1.Minnesota (Wichita)

16.Stephen F. Austin/ Texas Southern

8.Alabama

9.Oklahoma

4.Virginia (Boise)

13.Texas-Arlington

5.Texas Tech

12.Wisconsin

3.Notre Dame (Detroit)

14.Buffalo

6.Purdue

11.Oakland

2.Villanova (Pittsburgh)

15.UNC Asheville

7.West Virginia

10.Michigan

First Four Out: Florida State, Northwestern, Syracuse, Tennessee

Next Four Out: Utah, Arizona State, Kansas State, UCF

Week 2 Power Rankings

1.Duke: Beat my preseason number one team without Marvin Bagley in the second half, that’s impressive.

2.Kansas: Won playing essentially only six guys won against Kentucky, the addition of Billy Preston, Sam Cunliffe and potentially Silvio de Sousa will help.

3.USC: Comeback road win at Vanderbilt without two starters playing down the stretch, once Melton gets back on the court USC will be dynamic. Trojan Fury is for real with USC.

4.Wichita State: Dismantled Charleston earlier this week, new conference same dominance from the Shockers, who will be favorites at the Maui Invitational.

5.Arizona: Beating clearly inferior opponents by 20 isn’t a recipe for moving up in the early season power rankings. Allonzo Trier however will be moving up in the Player of the year rankings.

6.Minnesota: Their win at Providence is one of the more impressive ones this season and Jordan Murphy is playing possessed right now, if this continues; watch out Sparty.

7.Villanova: The Wildcats have played well this season, however they haven’t played anyone that good so its hard to judge them thus far.

8.Michigan State: Lost to Duke with Marvin Bagley playing none of the second half, then Miles Bridges gets hurt. The Spartans off to a rough start, we’ll see where this season goes from here.

9.Texas A&M: Beat West Virginia by 20 without two starters, Texas A&M looks like the top threat to Kentucky this year in the SEC.

10.Kentucky: After two games too close for comfort for the Wildcats they dropped a game to Kansas, they played well and will get better throughout the season.

11.Seton Hall: The Pirates have played well thus far, their schedule picks up this week, but they should continue to win.

12.Notre Dame: Bonzie Colson has played like a Player of the year thus far this year, they will have a good chance to win the Maui Invitational this year.

13.Xavier: In a tight game at Wisconsin they looked for Trevon Bluiett to lead them to victory and he delivered down the stretch.

14.Miami: They continue to win in dominant fashion, we’ll see if that continues as their schedule picks up.

15.Virginia: Virginia always has a great defense, however they haven’t had an offensive talent like Kyle Guy in the Tony Bennett era.

16.Cincinnati: Bearcats have likely the best offense in the Mick Cronin era, if their defense is like old the sky is the limit for the Bearcats.

17.Florida: A little too close for comfort for the Gators against New Hampshire, we’ll see if they can rebound this week.

18.St. Mary’s: Their schedule is terrible, they should win every game they play until a game against Gonzaga later this year.

19.Texas Tech: Beating Northwestern on a neutral court is not that amazing in itself, but winning by nearly 40 is ranking worthy.

20.Nevada: Big win over Rhode Island on Monday, they take positionless basketball to the extreme.

21.North Carolina: Tight win over Bucknell in Joel Berry’s return, we’ll learn a lot about the Tar Heels in the Nike PK80 Tournament this week.

22.West Virginia: Lost big time to Texas A&M on opening night, have rebounded since, but not against anyone good.

23.Maryland: Good wins over Butler and Bucknell this week, lets see if they can keep this good play up.

24.TCU: Too close for comfort against South Dakota, won’t play anyone good until December, so for now the goal will be winning.

25.Vermont: The Catamounts followed their game against Kentucky with a championship victory in the Islands of the Bahamas Showcase.

Bracketology: Shakeups with double-digit seeds

Bracketology by Jonathon Warriner

Games through November 18th 2017

South Region (Atlanta)

1.Duke (Charlotte)

16.Furman

8.Rhode Island

9.Northwestern

4.Seton Hall (Pittsburgh)

13.Bucknell

5.Maryland

12.Vermont

3.Kentucky (Nashville)

14.Texas-Arlington

6.UCLA

11.Georgia Tech

2.Michigan State (Detroit)

15.UNC Asheville

7.Louisville

10.Missouri

West Region (Los Angeles)

1.Texas A&M (Dallas)

16.Stephen F. Austin

8.Texas

9.Nevada

4.Cincinnati (Boise)

13.Harvard

5.St. Mary’s

12.Butler/ Virginia Tech

3.Miami (Charlotte)

14.UAB

6.TCU

11.Belmont

2.Arizona (San Diego)

15.Montana

7.Providence

10.Arkansas

Midwest Region (Omaha)

1.Kansas (Wichita)

16.St. Francis (PA)/ Hampton

8.Iowa

9.Creighton

4.North Carolina (Boise)

13.Florida Gulf Coast

5.Xavier

12.Wisconsin

3.USC (San Diego)

14.Grand Canyon

6.Gonzaga

11.Texas Tech/ St. John’s

2.Wichita State (Dallas)

15.South Dakota State

7.Baylor

10.Oregon

East Region (Boston)

1.Minnesota (Wichita)

16.UC Riverside/ Texas Southern

8.Alabama

9.Oklahoma

4.Florida (Nashville)

13.Missouri State

5.Virginia

12.Charleston

3.Notre Dame (Detroit)

14.Buffalo

6.Purdue

11.Oakland

2.Villanova (Pittsburgh)

15.Monmouth

7.West Virginia

10.Michigan

First Four Out: SMU, Florida State, Syracuse, Utah

Next Four Out: Arizona State, Tennessee, Kansas State, Temple

Bracketology: Cavs rising

Bracketology by Jonathon Warriner

Games through November 18th 2017

South Region (Atlanta)

1.Duke (Charlotte)

16.Furman

8.Rhode Island

9.Northwestern

4.Seton Hall (Pittsburgh)

13.Bucknell

5.Maryland

12.Vermont

3.Kentucky (Nashville)

14.Texas-Arlington

6.UCLA

11.Georgia Tech

2.Michigan State (Detroit)

15.UNC Asheville

7.Louisville

10.Missouri

West Region (Los Angeles)

1.Texas A&M (Dallas)

16.Stephen F. Austin

8.Texas

9.Nevada

4.Cincinnati (Boise)

13.Harvard

5.St. Mary’s

12.Butler/ Virginia Tech

3.Miami (Charlotte)

14.UAB

6.TCU

11.Florida Gulf Cost

2.Arizona (San Diego)

15.Montana

7.Providence

10.Arkansas

Midwest Region (Omaha)

1.Kansas (Wichita)

16.St. Francis (PA)/ Hampton

8.Iowa

9.Creighton

4.North Carolina (Boise)

13.Charleston

5.Xavier

12.Wisconsin

3.USC (San Diego)

14.Grand Canyon

6.Gonzaga

11.SMU/ St. John’s

2.Wichita State (Dallas)

15.South Dakota State

7.Baylor

10.Oregon

East Region (Boston)

1.Minnesota (Wichita)

16.UC Riverside/ Texas Southern

8.Alabama

9.Oklahoma

4.Florida (Nashville)

13.Missouri State

5.Virginia

12.Belmont

3.Notre Dame (Detroit)

14.Buffalo

6.Purdue

11.Oakland

2.Villanova (Pittsburgh)

15.Monmouth

7.West Virginia

10.Michigan

First Four Out: Texas Tech, Florida State, Syracuse, Utah

Next Four Out: Arizona State, Tennessee, Kansas State, Temple

Bracketology: Bubble teams make early season shifts

Bracketology by Jonathon Warriner

Games through November 16th 2017

South Region (Atlanta)

1.Duke (Charlotte)

16.Furman

8.Rhode Island

9.Northwestern

4.Seton Hall (Pittsburgh)

13.Bucknell

5.Maryland

12.Oakland

3.Kentucky (Nashville)

14.Texas-Arlington

6.Louisville

11.Wisconsin

2.Michigan State (Detroit)

15.UNC Asheville

7.Baylor

10.Oregon

West Region (Los Angeles)

1.Texas A&M (Dallas)

16.Stephen F. Austin

8.Iowa

9.Oklahoma

4.Cincinnati (Boise)

13.Harvard

5.St. Mary’s

12.Butler/ SMU

3.Miami (Charlotte)

14.UAB

6.TCU

11.Florida Gulf Coast

2.Arizona (San Diego)

15.Montana

7.Providence

10.Missouri

Midwest Region (Omaha)

1.Kansas (Wichita)

16.St. Francis (PA)/ Hampton

8.Alabama

9.Creighton

4.North Carolina (Boise)

13.Charleston

5.UCLA

12.Belmont

3.USC (San Diego)

14.Grand Canyon

6.Gonzaga

11.Virginia Tech/ St. John’s

2.Wichita State (Dallas)

15.South Dakota State

7.Virginia

10.Arkansas

East Region (Boston)

1.Minnesota (Wichita)

16.UC Riverside/ Texas Southern

8.Texas

9.Nevada

4.Florida (Nashville)

13.Missouri State

5.Xavier

12.Georgia Tech

3.Notre Dame (Detroit)

14.Buffalo

6.Purdue

11.Vermont

2.Villanova (Pittsburgh)

15.Monmouth

7.West Virginia

10.Michigan

First Four Out: Texas Tech, Florida State, St. Louis, Syracuse

Next Four Out: Utah, Tennessee, Arizona State, UCF

Bracketology: Northwestern takes big drop, Creighton moves way up

Bracketology by Jonathon Warriner

Games through November 15th 2017

South Region (Atlanta)

1.Duke (Charlotte)

16.Furman

8.Rhode Island

9.Northwestern

4.Seton Hall (Pittsburgh)

13.Bucknell

5.Maryland

12.Missouri State

3.Kentucky (Nashville)

14.Texas-Arlington

6.Louisville

11.Oakland

2.Michigan State (Detroit)

15.UNC Asheville

7.West Virginia

10.Oregon

West Region (Los Angeles)

1.Texas A&M (Dallas)

16.Stephen F. Austin

8.Creighton

9.Nevada

4.Cincinnati (Boise)

13.Harvard

5.St. Mary’s

12.SMU/ Texas Tech

3.Miami (Charlotte)

14.UAB

6.Purdue

11.Florida Gulf Coast

2.Arizona (San Diego)

15.Montana

7.Providence

10.Texas

Midwest Region (Omaha)

1.Kansas (Wichita)

16.St. Francis (PA)/ Hampton

8.Iowa

9.Virginia Tech

4.North Carolina (Boise)

13.Charleston

5.UCLA

12.Arkansas

3.USC (San Diego)

14.Grand Canyon

6.Gonzaga

11.Butler/ Florida State

2.Wichita State (Dallas)

15.South Dakota State

7.Missouri

10.Oklahoma

East Region (Boston)

1.Minnesota (Wichita)

16.UC Riverside/ Texas Southern

8.Baylor

9.Alabama

4.Florida (Nashville)

13.Belmont

5.Xavier

12.Georgia Tech

3.Notre Dame (Detroit)

14.Buffalo

6.TCU

11.Vermont

2.Villanova (Pittsburgh)

15.Monmouth

7.Virginia

10.Michigan

First Four Out: Tennessee, Syracuse, Wisconsin, St. John’s

Next Four Out: Arizona State, VCU, Kansas State, UCF

Week one Player of the year Rankings

Week one Player of the year Rankings

We are through basically one week of College Basketball and yes it is still way too early to have a good idea of what the Player of the year race looks like exactly, however it is never a bad time to have an idea of what the Player of the year race looks like right now.

1.Jordan Murphy

Put up 35 and 15 against South Carolina Upstate, then followed it up with 23 and 14 in a big road win at Providence. The undersized big man thus far has been the most dominant in College Basketball. It’s unlikely he continues this type of pace throughout the season, but he does seem like he is coming into his own and is poised for a big season.

2.Grayson Allen

Forget the first two games when he averaged 20 points per game, last night was a version Grayson Allen we haven’t seen before. Allen went 7-11 from three and dropped 37 points to lead the Blue Devils to an 88-81 victory over my preseason number one team in Michigan State. It’s hard to know what exactly he will do the remainder of the year, Allen is such a polarizing figure that if he averages around 20 points per game, he will garner a lot of attention for Player of the year.

3.Allonzo Trier

Allonzo Trier has had chances to head to the NBA Draft after his first two seasons of College, yet thus far he has stayed in College. This year it is looking like he made the right choice, thus far he is averaging 31 points per game and is looking like a potential Player of the year. Its unlikely he keeps scoring at this rate but if he did he would run away with all the National Player of the year awards.

4.Bonzie Colson

My preseason Player of the year is still playing like a player of the year averaging 22.5 points and 12 rebounds per game, despite not getting the full attention of College Basketball fans. The Irish’s schedule will pick up pretty quickly so if Bonzie continues this type of play against better teams he’ll get more attention.

5.Trevon Bluiett

Thus far Trevon Bluiett is doing exactly what we expected, averaging 25.5 points and 7 rebounds per game through two games. While Bluiett is flying under the radar thus far but assuming he continues to score at this pace, he will see himself being talked about more and more and Bluiett could find himself atop this list at the end of the year.

6.Miles Bridges

Last spring Miles Bridges shocked everyone by deciding to stay another year at Michigan State, as a result he has been atop most people’s preseason player of the year lists. Thus far Bridges is averaging 19.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, the real problem Bridges will have with trying to keep up in the Player of the year rankings is that he will often times differ to others, which is good for winning games but not for winning Player of the year.

7.Marvin Bagley lll

Last night Bagley only played 10 minutes because he was hit in the eye by a teammate, although he still scored 4 points and got 6 rebounds last night. His first two games however he averaged 24.5 points and 10 rebounds per game. Bagley has already shown he’s an elite playmaker on the post and as well as a great rebounder. Look for when he returns more of the same as the first two games, which will keep him around the top of the player of the year rankings.

8.Nickeil Alexander-Walker

Through two games of College Basketball Virginia Tech is averaging 121.5 points per game, lead in scoring by Freshman Nickeil Alexander-Walker, who is averaging 26.5 points per game. Nickeil Alexander-Walker is likely to slow down as the Hokies will play tougher opponents later in the year, but thus far he has been spectacular.

9.Trevon Duval

30 assists 4 turnovers through his first three games, many questioned if Duval could transform his game from a scoring point guard to a passing point guard. Thus far the transition has been seamless and that has revolutionized Duke’s offense, if he continues to have over a 7 assist to turnover ratio, he will garner some attention as an All-American.

10.Caleb Martin

Averaging 26 points and 7 rebounds per game through two games, which included a game against Rhode Island. Martin has been a perfect fit in the Nevada system thus far because of his ability to score from everywhere and guard multiple positions.

Thank you for reading my weekly power rankings, be sure to come back next Wednesday and read my new Power Rankings.

Bracketology: Champions classic shakes up things at the top

Bracketology by Jonathon Warriner

Through November 14th 2017

South Region (Atlanta)

1.Duke (Charlotte)

16.Furman

8.Rhode Island

9.Texas

4.Seton Hall (Pittsburgh)

13.Bucknell

5.Purdue

12.Florida Gulf Coast

3.Kentucky (Nashville)

14.Texas-Arlington

6.TCU

11.Oakland

2.Michigan State (Detroit)

15.UNC Asheville

7.West Virginia

10.Butler

West Region (Los Angeles)

1.Texas A&M (Dallas)

16.Stephen F. Austin

8.Baylor

9.Virginia Tech

4.Cincinnati (Boise)

13.Harvard

5.St. Mary’s

12.Georgia Tech

3.Miami (Charlotte)

14.UAB

6.Maryland

11.Oklahoma

2.Arizona (San Diego)

15.Montana

7.Providence

10.Michigan

Midwest Region (Omaha)

1.Kansas (Wichita)

16.St. Francis (PA)/ Hampton

8.Iowa

9.Alabama

4.North Carolina (Boise)

13.Charleston

5.UCLA

12.SMU/ Texas Tech

3.USC (San Diego)

14.Grand Canyon

6.Gonzaga

11.Creighton/ Florida State

2.Wichita State (Dallas)

15.South Dakota State

7.Missouri

10.Oregon

East Region (Boston)

1.Minnesota (Wichita)

16.UC Riverside/ Texas Southern

8.Virginia

9.Nevada

4.Florida (Nashville)

13.Belmont

5.Xavier

12.Missouri State

3.Notre Dame (Detroit)

14.Buffalo

6.Northwestern

11.Vermont

2.Villanova (Pittsburgh)

15.Monmouth

7.Louisville

10.Arkansas

First Four Out: UCF, Tennessee, Syracuse, Wisconsin

Next Four Out: St. John’s, Arizona State, Kansas State, VCU

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