In The Books
Virginia 71, Louisville 55: This unfortunately became a bit of a predictable result after Rick Patino suspended Deng Adel and Mangok Mathiang for breaking curfew. Virginia keeps within striking distance of North Carolina, with two games against the Tar Heels still remaining.
Kansas 74, Kansas State 71: The Wildcats were able to tie the game with 2:54 remaining, but couldn't get over the hump as Kansas sweeps the season series and stays alone in first in the Big 12.
Tipping Off This Weekend
Butler at Marquette: Butler is on a two-game skid, but hasn't played in a week and should pick up wins with their following three games against teams outside the KenPom Top 50. Marquette sits at 6-5 in conference and needs to get to 10 conference wins to make the dance, with only three games left against teams outside the KenPom Top 50 themselves.
Florida at Georgia: Can the Gators keep their hot streak going against a desperate Georgia team in Athens?
Wake Forest at Notre Dame: The Deacons just made the cut in my most recent bracket. At 5-6 in conference, they probably need at least a 4-3 finish in the strong ACC, doable with home games with Pitt and NC State along with trips to winnable Va Tech and Clemson. Meanwhile, the Irish are 1-5 after starting 5-0 in conference.
Syracuse at Clemson: In typical form, the Orange are February's con traversal bubble team. A win tonight against Clemson opens the door to 11 conference wins (@ Pitt, @ GT & vs GT remain), a mark that would seem impossible to keep them out if achieved. Meanwhile, Clemson just got dismantled in Tallahassee, giving up 100+ PTS for the first time since 2002 as FSU hung 109 on them in a 48 point win.
Michigan State at Michigan: When these two rivals first met nine days ago, it was Michigan that was just barely in the field and MSU hoping to play their way in. The Spartans are now in - moderately comfortably - while Michigan is out at 4-6 in conference and with a mother of an uphill climb needed to make the dance. All but two of Michigan's remaining games will come against tournament teams, of which they'd need to finish at least 5-2 if they were to fall against State tonight. Long story short: this rivalry game could be Michigan's last stand.