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2018-19 Week 3 College Basketball Bracket Impacts

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2018-19 Week 3 College Basketball Bracket Impact Games

Resume-building during Turkey Time.

With two weeks in the books, we turn now to the 2018-19 Week 3 college basketball bracket impact games.

Non-conference play continues to roll on, and teams are getting into their Thanksgiving-week tournaments. Some head to the beach, some to the mountains, and all have a chance to get on a roll. It also means opportunities for bad losses for power conference teams that need clean resumes in preparation for March. That team you thought was a doormat is playing on the same neutral court, and they can jump up and bite you.

As teams try to navigate these early-season invitationals and find quality wins outside their conferences, the resumes for bracketology continue to take shape.

Every day, we will update the games that were “good wins” or “bad losses” for teams that may have a realistic chance at an at-large bid. Again, we cite RealTime RPI as a reference for RPI values on the dates in which the game was added to this running list. We may not always refer to RPI at this stage in the season, because there is so little data that RPI values are overconcentrated.

Prior Weeks’ Bracket Impact Games: Week 2

2018-19 Week 3 College Basketball Bracket Impact Games: Sunday, November 18

Good Resume Wins

Arkansas defeats Indiana (RPI: 87) at home.
Alabama defeats Wichita State on a neutral court.
Virginia Tech defeats Purdue (Ranked #23) on a neutral court.

Bad Resume Losses

• None.

Daily Notes

The two SEC wins by Arkansas and Alabama will probably not be a decisive factor for either team making the tournament, but they are not bad to have. Indiana, for being a Big Ten team that could make a run, and Wichita State, a team that is in the American and has had a great deal of modern tournament success.

2018-19 Week 3 College Basketball Bracket Impact Games: Monday, November 19

Good Resume Wins

Arizona defeats Iowa State on a neutral court.
Texas Tech defeats USC on a neutral court.
Auburn defeats Xavier on a neutral court.
Arizona State defeats Mississippi State (Ranked #15) on a neutral court.
Utah State defeats Saint Mary’s on a neutral court.
VCU defeats Temple on a neutral court.

Bad Resume Losses

• None.

2018-19 Week 3 College Basketball Bracket Impact Games: Tuesday, November 20

Good Resume Wins

Duke defeats Auburn (Ranked #8) on a neutral court.
Gonzaga defeats Arizona on a neutral court.
Texas Tech defeats Nebraska on a neutral court.

Bad Resume Losses

TCU loses to Lipscomb at home.
Oregon loses to Green Bay at home.

2018-19 Week 3 College Basketball Bracket Impact Games: Wednesday, November 21

Good Resume Wins

Gonzaga defeats Duke (Ranked #1) on a neutral court.
Auburn defeats Arizona on a neutral court.
Mississippi State defeats Saint Mary’s on a neutral court.
Creighton defeats Clemson (Ranked #16) on a neutral court.

Bad Resume Losses

• None.

2018-19 Week 3 College Basketball Bracket Impact Games: Thursday, November 22

Good Resume Wins

Texas defeats North Carolina (Ranked #7) on a neutral court.
Michigan State defeats UCLA (Ranked #17) on a neutral court.

Bad Resume Losses

• None.

2018-19 Week 3 College Basketball Bracket Impact Games: Friday, November 23

Good Resume Wins

Kansas defeats Tennessee (Ranked #5) on a neutral court.
Virginia defeats Wisconsin (Ranked #25) on a neutral court.
North Carolina defeats UCLA (Ranked #17) on a neutral court.
Florida State defeats LSU (Ranked #19) on a neutral court.
Michigan State defeats Texas on a neutral court.

Bad Resume Losses

• None.

2018-19 Week 3 College Basketball Bracket Impact Games: Saturday, November 24

Good Resume Wins

• None so far.

Bad Resume Losses

• None so far.

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