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2018-19 Week 4 College Basketball Bracket Impacts

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2018-19 Week 4 College Basketball Bracket Impact Games

A challenging week for the ACC and Big Ten.

The college basketball season rolls on with the 2018-19 Week 4 college basketball bracket impact games.

Over Thanksgiving, a number of teams played in early-season tournaments at various destinations. It usually means somewhere warm, but not everyone managed fun in the sun. What mattered most in the past week was finding quality wins over other teams vying for supremacy in the bracket conversation. Soon, win totals will start to add and we will have an initial sense of who the real players are this season.

This week will take us into December, the second month of the season. It is also traditionally the last month for non-conference play.

Among the major non-conference play to take place this week is the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. It gets underway on Monday, November 26 and wraps on Wednesday, November 28. Not to be left out, but drawing a smaller audience will be the MWC-MVC Challenge between the Mountain West and Missouri Valley.

Our source for RPIs is RealTimeRPI. In the first few weeks, we have not used the RPI figure much, but we are starting to gain sample size. Expect to see us work in the values more and more as we determine if a game is a “good win” or a “bad loss.”

Prior Weeks’ Bracket Impact Games: Week 2 | Week 3

2018-19 Week 4 College Basketball Bracket Impact Games: Sunday, November 25

Good Resume Wins

Villanova defeats Florida State (RPI: 9th) on a neutral court.
Oklahoma State defeats LSU (RPI: 7th) on a neutral court.
Seton Hall defeats Miami on a neutral court.

Bad Resume Losses

• None.

2018-19 Week 4 College Basketball Bracket Impact Games: Monday, November 26

Good Resume Wins

Nebraska defeats Clemson on the road.
Boston College defeats Minnesota (RPI: 37th) at home.

Bad Resume Losses

South Carolina loses to Wofford (RPI: 158th) at home.

2018-19 Week 4 College Basketball Bracket Impact Games: Tuesday, November 27

Good Resume Wins

Duke defeats Indiana at home.
Louisville defeats Michigan State (Ranked #9) at home.
Penn State defeats Virginia Tech (Ranked #13) at home.
Iowa defeats Pittsburgh at home.
Wisconsin defeats North Carolina State at home.

Bad Resume Losses

• None.

2018-19 Week 4 College Basketball Bracket Impact Games: Wednesday, November 28

Good Resume Wins

Virginia defeats Maryland (Ranked #24) on the road.
Michigan defeats North Carolina (Ranked #11) at home.
Florida State defeats Purdue (Ranked #19) at home.
Syracuse defeats Ohio State (Ranked #16) on the road.
Rutgers defeats Miami-FL (RPI 60th) on the road.

Bad Resume Losses

• None.

Daily Notes

The ACC and Big Ten tied with seven wins each in the 2018 ACC-Big Ten Challenge. Saint Mary’s is not looking like such a great win right now, as the Gaels are 3-4 in non-conference play so far. For comparison, last season, the Gaels did not pick up their fourth loss until February 15.

2018-19 Week 4 College Basketball Bracket Impact Games: Thursday, November 29

Good Resume Wins

UCF defeats Alabama (RPI 73rd) at home.

Bad Resume Losses

• None.

2018-19 Week 4 College Basketball Bracket Impact Games: Friday, November 30

Good Resume Wins

Wisconsin defeats Iowa (Ranked #14) on the road.

Bad Resume Losses

Texas loses to Radford at home.

Daily Notes

Radford’s RPI might be 10th in the country now, thanks to wins on the road over Notre Dame AND Texas, but wait until the Big South schedule piles onto the ledger. It’s going to end up as a not great loss, and both teams need to hope the Highlanders at least demolish their league to make it look less bad.

2018-19 Week 4 College Basketball Bracket Impact Games: Saturday, December 1

Good Resume Wins

Gonzaga defeats Creighton on the road.
Michigan defeats Purdue (Ranked #19)at home.
Marquette defeats Kansas State (Ranked #12)at home.

Bad Resume Losses

Wake Forest loses to Richmond (RPI 282nd) on the road.
Miami loses to Yale on a neutral court.

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