Scoreboard Watching: March 4, 2017

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Typically, our Friday editions of Scoreboard Watching preview the weekend ahead - but we'll be dishing out daily recaps and previews from here on out - Selection Sunday is in within sight!

In The Books

West Virginia 87, Iowa State 76: The second half belonged to WVU, who showed why they're near impossible to beat on their home floor when they play well.
 
Princeton 73, Harvard 69: A likely preview of the championship game of the Ivy League's inaugural tournament next week.  Princeton clinches the outright regular season title with the win.
 
Jacksonville State 65, Belmont 59: The top seed in the OVC falls in the semifinals.  
 
Winthrop 80, Gardner-Webb 77:  The top seed in the Big South tournament escapes with a win and plays 7th seed Campbell on Sunday for a trip to the tournament.

Tipping Off Tonight

Duke at North Carolina: The Tar Heels are playing for the outright ACC title and defending their spot on the 1-seed line.
 
Kansas at Oklahoma State: The Jayhawks remain the odds-on favorite to be the #1-overall seed, but KenPom has the Cowboys favored in this one.
 
Creighton at Marquette: A win by Creighton would lock them into the 3-seed in the Big East tournament.  Meanwhile, Marquette is living on the bubble but would greatly improve their standing by getting to 10 Big East wins.  
 
Florida at Vanderbilt: This is the biggest game at Vanderbilt in a long time.  The Commodores would be farly safe with a win, and long-shots with a loss.  So yeah, it's kind of big.
 
Wake Forest at Virginia Tech: The Deacons finally got the RPI Top 50 win they so badly needed.  Now, can they follow it up with a quality road win and push themselves into the field?
 
Notre Dame at Louisville: The Irish could tie for the ACC regular season title with a win and a UNC loss, while Louisville could still snag a 1-seed with a win here and an ACC Tournament title.
 
Texas Tech at Kansas State:  A win and K-State could possibly be alive for an at-large win despite an 8-10 conference record.  They'd still need at least a run to the Big 12 semifinals though.
 
Miami at Florida State: The Seminoles haven't loss since at home since a two-game home losing streak last February that began with a loss to Miami.  If that cards fell right, FSU could get as high as the 2-seed in the ACC tournament. [Note: I'm working this one, yours at 4 ET on ACCN and WatchESPN].
 
Georgia at Arkansas: Much like Vanderbilt, this is a must-win game for a Georgia team that wants nothing more than to play for an at-large bid at next week's NCAA tournament.  A win here would get them into that mix.
 
Georgia Tech at Syracuse: Two ACC bubble teams square off.  Syracuse could still play their way into an at-large bid with a loss, I don't think the same can be said with Georgia Tech, who have much worse metrics.
 
Seton Hall at Butler: The Pirates are still relatively safe, while Butler is in the mix for a 2-seed in the tournament.
 
Xavier at DePaul: Xavier has lost six in a row and seems to be in freefall  A loss to DePaul would be rock bottom and drop them out of the provisional field.  They can't possibly lose this game, right?  Right???
 
Ohio Valley Championship Game -  Jacksonville State vs UT Martin: As stated above, Jax St got here by upsetting heavy favorite Belmont, who was a 55% favorite to get the automatic bid by KenPom.  The winners ill meet tonight to book this year's first automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Scoreboard Watching: March 3, 2017

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Typically, our Friday editions of Scoreboard Watching preview the weekend ahead - but we'll be dishing out daily recaps and previews from here on out - Selection Sunday is in within sight!

In The Books

Iowa 59, Wisconsin 57: Wow, that's now five of six losses for Wisconsin - two to teams not projected in the tournament as of today - since the committee ranked them outside the top 16 when they we're 21-3 overall and 10-1 in the Big Ten!  A 7/8 does not seem out of the question as of now.  Meanwhile, Iowa has quietly broken .500 in conference should get to 10 wins with a home game against Penn State on Sunday.  They own wins over Wisconsin, Maryland, Purdue, Michigan and Iowa State against only one bad home loss (Dec 3 vs Nebraska Omaha).  The interesting thing: fellow Big Ten bubble team Illinois swept the Hawkeyes.  They could easily meet in the 8/9 game in the Big Ten Tournament.
 
Utah 77, California 44: You know what you don't do when you're barely hanging on to a bubble bid?  Lose by 30 to a team not projected in the tournament.  This one hurts.
 
Cincinnati 65, Houston 47: Well, that ends Houston's hot at an at-large bid, in a big way.
 
Campbell 81, UNC Asheville 79: Big upset in the Big South as the 2-seed falls in their first round of action.  This is definitely Winthrop's tournament to lose now.
 
North Florida 91, Lipscomb 85 & Florida Gulf Coast 74, Kennesaw State 62: The first conference championship game is set.  North Florida will travel to FGCU on Sunday.  [Note: I'll be working this game, yours at 3 ET on ESPN]
 
North Carolina A&T 68, North Carolina Central 63: Madness in the MEAC!  NC A&T, which entered winless against DI competition, knocks off conference leading NC Central.  The Aggies were the last remaining winless team in Division I.

Tipping Off Tonight

Iowa State at West Virginia: I'm admittedly higher on the Cyclones than most, according to the Bracket Matrix.  Both teams own wins over Kansas and Baylor and are hopeful for a top-4 seed.
 
Harvard and Princeton: The two best teams in the Ivy League sqaure off.  A win clinches the regular season for Princeton.  In year's past that meant an automatic bid, but not anymore.  The inaugural Ivy League Tournament will take place next week in Philly to settle the conference's automatic bid.
 
Ohio Valley Semifinals: Belmont are heavy favorites to win the OVC.  They'll play Jacksonville State tonight.  Murrayt State plays UT Martin on the other half.  The winners plays Saturday on ESPN2 for an automatic bid.
 
Big South Seminfals: Winthrop are now heavy favorites after UNC Asheville fell in the semis.  They'll play Gardner Webb on one half.  The other side features two teams sub .500 in conference play, Campbell and Radford.  The title game is slated for Sunday at 1pm on ESPN.

Scoreboard Watching: March 2, 2017

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In The Books

Wake Forest 88, Louisville 81: This was absolutely the win Wake Forest needed. Now, they're basically a toss-up with Vanderbilt and Illinois on if they're in or out.  Another couple wins and they should sure up their status.
 
Northwestern 67, Michigan 65: The Northwestern Wildcats will participate in this year's NCAA Tournament.  It's a done deal.  Michigan's deal isn't quite done yet.  The Wolverines need to make sure to win one more game to truly feel safe.
 
Florida 78, Arkansas 65: The Gators cruise in their home finale.
 
Marquette 95, Xavier 84: Xavier's slide continues.  Five losses in a row drops them to 8-9 in conference.  Needless to say, Saturday's game at DePaul is must-win.
 
Dayton 79, VCU 72: The Flyers clinch the A10 regular season crown.  The loss is VCU's second straight.
 
Illinois 73, Michigan State 70: Huge win for the Illini, who have won five of six and should pick up their next game vs Rutgers to get to .500 in conference.  They'll still need to win some games in Indy, but they're very much in the conversation for an at-large bid now.
 
Georgia 79, Arkansas 78: Don't sleep on the Bulldogs.  They now have a trip to Arkansas on Saturday that could put them in the bubble conversation.

 

Tipping Off Tonight

Houston at Cincinnati: This is the Cougars last shot to state their case for an at-large bid.  Kelvin Sampson's squad 
 
California at Utah: A must win road game for a Cal team that hasn't beaten a KenPom top 75 team since their last game with the Utes on February 5.
 
Iowa at Wisconsin: The Badgers have been on a slide as of late, while Iowa sits at 8-8 in Big Ten play.  If they can get to 10-8 and win 1-2 in Indy, they could steal an at-large bid.
 
Atlantic Sun Semifinals: #5 Kennesaw State plays at #1 Florida Gulf Coast and #3 North Florida plays at #2 Lipscomb.  The winners will face off in the title game at the highest remaining seed.

Scoreboard Watching: March 1, 2017

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In The Books

Duke 75, Florida State 70: Dwayne Bacon score 16 of his 19 PTS in the games final seven minutes, but the Seminoles were too far behind at that point for it to make a difference.  FSU falls to 3-6 on the road and hosts Miami on Sunday.
 
Kentucky 73, Vanderbilt 67: The Commodores have to be sick.  They held a 19 point lead at Rupp and were staring squarely at a safe tournament standing.  Then the trio of Malik Monk, De'Aaron Fox and Bam Adabeyo took over for the Wildcats, who swung a 25 point swing to take the win and clinch the #1 seed in the SEC Tournament.
 
Iowa State 86, Oklahoma State 83: The Cyclones have been one of the hottest teams in the nation and are in good position to get the 2-seed in the B12 Tourney.  A top 4-seed is a very real possibility with a deep run.
 
Georgia Tech 62, Pittsburgh 51: The Yellow Jacket's keep hopes for a .500 ACC finish alive, which could be their do/die mark for an at-large berth.

Elsewhere...

Tipping Off Tonight

Louisville at Wake Forest: The knock on the Deacons is definitely their 0-7 mark against the RPI Top 50.  Wake needs this one, plain and simple.
 
Michigan at Northwestern: A couple weeks ago, it looked like Northwestern was a sure thing while Michigan was a bubble team.  Now, the Wolverines are fairly solid while Northwestern needs a split between this one and Saturday's game against Purdue.
 
Marquette at Xavier: The Golden Eagles are squarely on the bubble, while Xavier is sliding in that direction after five straight losses.  Both teams could really use this to go into the conference tournament feeling safe.
 
Michigan State at Illinois: The Illini are on the bubble after four wins in five games.  If they can close out the week with two more wins, they'll be .500 in conference and have a shot at a bubble bid with a couple wins in the BTT.
 
VCU at Dayton: A VCU win would force a tie for first with one game remaining for each team before the A10 Tournament in Pittsburgh.
 
Arkansas at Florida: The Gators look to bounce back from Saturday's loss at Kentucky that ended their nine-game winning streak.  They close at Vandy on Saturday before the SEC Tournament.  A 2-seed could still be in reach with a strong finish.
 
Auburn at Georgia: The Bulldogs are still still alive, but need wins against Auburn and at Arkansas to keep that hope alive.

Scoreboard Watching: February 28, 2017

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In The Books

Virginia 53, North Carolina 43: Last weekend it was the Cavaliers who couldn't get out of the low 40s on the road.  This time it was the ACC leading tar heels, who host Duke on Sunday.  A win gives UNC the outright title.
 
Baylor 71, West Virginia 62: The win keeps Baylor alive for a high as a second place finish still in the Big 12.
 
Kansas 73, Oklahoma 63: Oklahoma held a double-digit lead midway through the second half, then KU closed on a 31-9 run to hold onto their #1-overall seed.
Virginia 53, North Carolina 43: Last weekend it was the Cavaliers who couldn't get out of the low 40s on the road. This time it was the ACC leading tar heels, who host Duke on Sunday. A win gives UNC the outright title. Baylor 71, West Virginia 62: The win keeps Baylor alive for a high as a second place finish still in the Big 12. Kansas 73, Oklahoma 63: Oklahoma held a double-digit lead midway through the second half, then KU closed on a 31-9 run to hold onto their #1-overall seed. Virginia Tech 66, Miami 61: The win is Virginia Tech's 10th in ACC play, along with a pretty good non-conference schedule and the Hokies should be good to go. UNC Greensboro 72, East Tennessee St. 66: A big shakeup at the top of the SoCon standings on their final regular season date as Greensboro takes the #1-seed, Furman takes the second and ETSU falls to the third season.

Tipping Off Tonight

Oklahoma State at Iowa State: Both teams have been hot as of late, as Iowa State is playing for the #2-seed in the Big-12 Tourney.
 
Florida State at Duke: Grayson Allen is listed as questionable (as of this writing), which could be a big deal.  The Noles struggle on the road, but they're worlds deeper than the Blue Devils, which carried them to victory in Tallahassee in January.
 
Pitt at Georgia Tech: A must win for Georgia Tech, no other way to put it.
 
Vanderbilt at Kentucky: The Commodores likely need to at least split their final two games - this one at Rupp and a home game with second place Florida - to earn a bubble bid.
 

Scoreboard Watching: February 24, 2017

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The first conference tournament of the year is set:

In The Books

Ohio State 83, Wisconsin 73: The Buckeyes controlled the vast majority of this game, putting Wisconsin now a full game behind Purdue for first in the Big Ten with three to play.  Wisconsin is 1-3 since the committee omitted them from their Top 16 on February 11.  A top-4 seed - which would likely mean getting to open in Milwaukee - is likely a long shot at this point.
 
Georgia 60, Alabama 55: Just like that Georgia could again be flirting with the bubble conversation before too long.  The Bulldogs are 7-8 in conference with three winnable games remaining.  If they can finish the regular season at 10-8 in SEC play, they could get themselves into the conversation with a run to the Semis in the tournament.  They'd likely be in with a run to the Championship game.
 
Arizona 90, USC 77: No problem for the Wildcats at home  UCLA is next (more below)
 
Gardner Webb 71, UNC Asheville 76: The Bulldogs fall back into a tie for first with Winthrop in the Big South with just one game remaining before the tournament.
 
New Orleans 82, Stephen F. Austin 65: Easy win for the Privateers, who take a two game lead in the Southland with just three to play.

Tipping Off Tonight

Friday
Dayton at Davidson: The Flyers need to be careful not to look ahead to Wednesday's showdown with VCU.  Davidson is fully capable of stealing this one and giving VCU the inside track in the A10.
 
Saturday
Florida at Kentucky: The SEC is up for grabs as white-hot Florida travels to Rupp.  The Gators announced their comeback with a blowout over UK in Gainesville three weeks ago.  Now, they look to take the outright conference lead with just two games to play.
 
UCLA at Arizona: Arizona would take a stranglehold on the Pac-12 lead with a win, eliminating the Bruins and staying a game ahead of Oregon with only Arizona State remaining.  Meanwhile, UCLA is hoping a 2-seed is in play and needs this win to get them there.
 
Baylor at Iowa State: The first meeting in Waco was close, only a two point win for the Bears.  Can home court advantage open the door for a top-5 seed for the Cyclones?
 
Purdue at Michigan: Both teams needed late surges in their midweek games to stay ahead of Big Ten doormats Penn State and Rutgers, respectively.  A win by Michigan would pretty well put them on very, very good footing heading into the final week.  A loss and games at Northwestern and Nebraska begin to look more daunting.  This is senior night for Derrick Walton, the point guard who has powered Michigan's chances back.  It's hard to see him let the Wolverines drop this one.
 
Duke at Miami: The Blue Devils fell in thier last road contest at Syracuse.  Miami has played itself off the bubble and knows this win would likely lock them in the tournament.
 
Florida State at Clemson: The knock on the Seminoles has been a slew of poor showings on the road - most recently last Saturday at Pitt.  Clemson has never been an easy place for them to play.  This should be a good indicator on if they're ready to turn the corner.
 
West Virginia at TCU: This isn't absolute must win for the Horned Frogs, but it's damn close.
 
Marquette at Providence: Both teams are currently in the tournament after some recent wins, but they're far from finished.  A win in this game would go a long way for either team.
 
Northwestern at Indiana: The Wildcats likely need one more win to really feel good about their status heading into the BTT.
 
VCU a Rhode Island: Rhode Island is a long-shot, but they're not dead yet.  If they can deal VCU a loss here and win out heading into the A10 Tournament, they'll have a shot at an at-large bid.
 
Creighton at Villanova: 'Nova looks to bounce back from their loss to Butler on Wednesday and clinch the Big East regular season crown.
 
Sunday
Butler at Xavier: The Bulldogs jumped up to a 3-seed with their win over Villanova and a 2-seed is in sight if they can finish strong.  Xavier has lost four in a row and needs to stop the bleeding.
 
Wisconsin at Michigan State: The Spartans are still firmly in bubble territory as they look to extend their 19-year tournament streak.
 
Syracuse at Louisville: One knock left on the Orange is that they are yet to beat a tournament team on the road.  This would certainly put that one to rest if they can pull off the W.

Scoreboard Watching: February 23, 2017

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In The Books

North Carolina 74, Louisville 63: Just like that, the Tar Heels have a two game lead in the ACC with three to play - and a road trip to Pitt next up.  They're definitely playing for a 1-seed from here on out.
 
Syracuse 78, Duke 75: That's exactly what the Orange needed after a three game losing skid dropped them out of the field.  They're right back in now - and a split in their final two games (at Louisville, vs GT) should do it.
 
Butler 74, Villanova 66: Two wins over the team the committee had as it's #1 overall seed in the preview rankings?  Yeah, that'll help your seeding.  The Bulldogs outscored the defending champs 32-17 in the final ten minutes to hand 'Nova their first loss in the Pavillion since 2003.  Nova will stay a 1-seed, while Butler is about to see their stock soar.
 
Kansas 87, TCU 68: TCU's second four-game losing streak in the last two months drops them to 6-9 with WVU visiting on Saturday.  
 
Oregon 68, California 65: Welp.  Cal badly needed this one and things were looking good when they were up 10 with 12 minutes to go.  Then Dillon Brooks powered the Ducks back, taking the lead in the final minute and picking up a quality road win.  Three straight losses has the Golden Bears at 9-6, with Oregon State visiting on Friday before ending the regular season on the Utah/Colorado road trip.
 
Providence 68, Creighton 66: Two weeks ago the Friars were 4-8 in conference with no shot.  Now, three straight wins against tournament teams has them up to 7-8 with a favorable home stretch coming.  
 
Wake Forest 63, Pittsburgh 59: That should put an end to Pitt's bubble hopes, while Wake still needs a win against a quality opponent.  They'll get a week off before getting just that opportunity when Louisville visits next Wednesday.
 
Minnesota 89, Maryland 75: That's six wins in a row for a Minnesota team that had lost five straight before that.  Meanwhile, that's four losses in six games for a Maryland team that was 20-2 entering February.
 
Vanderbilt 67, Tennessee 56: Huge blow for the Vols tournament chances as Vanderbilt continues to catch eyes with four wins in five games - though oddly that's with three wins against likely tournament teams and a loss to Mizzou(!).
 
East Tennessee State 93, Furman 81 (OT): The Bucanneers scored 19(!) in the extra period to wind up cruising to a win and taking control of the SoCon, up 1/2 game with two to play.
 
Seton Hall 71, Xavier 64: A gigantic win for Seton hall who has picked up three quality wins in their last five games.  If they can win their next two (at Depaul, vs Georgetown), they'll clinch a .500 conference with OOC wins over Cal and South Carolina.
 
Oklahoma State 80, Kansas State 68: That's seven losses in nine game for K-State, who falls to 6-9 in conference.  Meanwhile, the Cowboys have won 9 of 10 and are firmly back in the field with three to play.
 
Nevada 85, Boise State 77: Big win by the Wolfpack sets up a regular-season finale against Colorado State that should be for the MWC title if both teams win out until then.
 
 

Tipping Off Tonight

USC at Arizona: The Trojans went 0-2 against Oregon and UCLA in their last two.  Now, they have to go on the road to play the one team favored above both of them for the Pac-12 title.

Scoreboard Watching: February 22, 2017

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In The Books

Virginia tech 71, Clemson 70: One-point or not, that's 11 ACC losses for the Tigers and should be the end of their bubble hopes barring a deep, deep run in the ACC Tournament.
 
Iowa 96, Indiana 90 (OT): Seven losses in eight games for the Hoosiers should eliminate them from the bubble conversation as well.
 
Illinois 66, Northwestern 50: Say it ain't so!  The Wildcats have dropped five of seven and have slipped into the bubble conversation themselves.  With a road trip to IU followed by home contests against Michigan and Purdue left, it could be a rough ride to the finish in their chase for their first ever conference bid.
 
Florida 81, South Carolina 66: That's nine in a row for the Gators, seven of which have come by double-digit margins, as they head to Lexington for a showdown on Saturday.  The winner of that one is your likely SEC regular-season champs.
 
Purdue 74, Penn State 70 (OT): Scarier than Matt Painter would have liked, as his first place Boilermakers escape State College with the overtime win.

Tipping Off Tonight

Louisville at North Carolina: The showdown we've been waiting for in the ACC.  UNC still holds a gone game advantage on Louisville and Duke in the ACC, but a loss here could throw everything up for grabs.  The winner likely becomes the fourth 1-seed in tomorrow's Bracketology 2017.
 
Oklahoma State at Kansas State: All the sudden it's the Cowboys who are comfortable while K-State is struggling and very much on the bubble.  Bruce Weber's team needs - at worst - a 2-2 finish in their remaining games, very doable given their schedule to have a shot going into the Big 12 tourney.
 
Duke at Syracuse: After looking like a sure thing two weeks ago, Syracuse has turned into the team of bubble debate as of late.  They're still 8-7 in ACC play, but just 16-12 overall.  They need to at least split this week's two tough games, first at home against red-hot Duke before going to Louisville on Sunday.
 
Oregon at California: Cal's status got a little more bubbly after losing at Stanford on Friday.  They would quickly right that wrong with a signature win at home in this one.  Meanwhile, Oregon looks to stay in the hunt for a 1-seed.
 
Minnesota at Maryland: The Gophers are coming off a big win over a hot Michigan team in overtime, while Maryland must regroup after their conference title chances slipped away in the second half in Maidson on Sunday.
 
Butler at Villanova: A 'Nova win would clinch the regular season title with two to play.  Butler, of course, won the first meeting at Hinkle back on January 4.
 
TCU at Kansas: The Horned Frogs are 6-8 in conference with games against KU and West Virginia.  Stealing one of those would go a long way, but winning in the Phog seems like a big reach.  At home against the Mountaineers on Saturday?  More likely.
 
Providence at Creighton: Providence has played themselves back from the dead with wins over Butler and Xavier in their last two.  They're best road win on the year is at Marquette - eh - which would make this one a big time resume booster and possibly get them onto the right side of the bubble with more Bracketologists.
 
Boise State at Nevada: Two of the tree teams tied for first in the Mountain West square off in a possible MWC Tournament Final preview.
 
Furman at East Tennessee State: First place in the SoCon is up for grabs.  Furman is coming off a loss to UNC Greensboro, while ETSU just dominated fellow-top-runner Chattanooga on the road to set up this showdown.

Scoreboard Watching: February 21, 2017

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In The Books

 
Miami 54, Virginia 46 (OT): UVA only posted three points in the extra period - a quick way to make sure they dropped their fourth straight and sixth of eight.  Meanwhile, the win is Miami's fifth in six games and 9th in ACC play - a mark that will be hard to leave them out of the tourney with.
 
Iowa State 82, Texas Tech 80 (OT): Texas Tech hit the game winning three that could very well have saved their season - one second after the final buzzer blew.  They botched the final possession and fumbled away their chance.  That's their 10th Big 12 loss along with a terrible non-conference schedule, which likely means their bubble has burst.
 
UT Arlington 81, Georgia Southern 71: Big road win for the Mavericks who now stand one game clear of the field in the Sun Belt.

Tipping Off Tonight

Clemson at Virginia Tech: Some people are still convinced that Clemson (4-10 in ACC play) is still alive.  They'll need to win out to have any chance.  Va Tech looks to end that hope and sure up their changes.
 
Indiana at Iowa: The Hoosiers share a similiar story to Clemson.  They're all but out, but could at least get into the conversation if they can win at least 3-4 and get to a minimum of 8-10 in conference.
 
Northwestern at Illinois: A win for the Wildcats would be their 10th in Big Ten play and would basically lock them in for their first NCAA Tournament bid.  It may not come easy though, the Illini knocked them off in Evanston just two weeks ago.
 
South Carolina at Florida: Two teams headed in opposite directions.  USC has had some head-scratching losses, while Florida has been red-hot and are actually in position to win the SEC regular seaso
 

Scoreboard Watching: February 20, 2017

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In The Books

Friday
Stanford 73, California 68: Big upset in the Bay as Cal falls to 9-5 in Pac-12 play.  The Bears should still be okay, but can't afford to slip up too much more after Wednesday's home tilt with Oregon.
 
Princeton 71, Yale 52: The Tigers controlled the game throughout in what was billed as their toughest test in Ivy League play. They're two games clear of Harvard in the final four.
 
Oakland 82, Valparaiso 52: The Grizz sweep the Horizon League leaders and sit only one game back with a more favorable schedule than the Crusaders.
 
Kent State 70, Akron 67: The Zips first home loss in nearly two years basically guarantees that they won't be seeded above a 12-seed and will nee to win the MAC to make the cut.
 
Saturday
Kansas 67, Baylor 65: Just like that KU is up three games in the Big 12 with four to play.  If they can run away with the nation's strongest conference (per KenPom) and take the tournament, the door is open for the KU to take the #1-overall seed in the tournament.
 
North Carolina 65, Virginia 41: The Tar Heels gave Virginia taste of their on medicine, dominating the slow-paced match-up (the 61 possessions was UNC's 2nd lowest this season) and maintaining their one game lead in the ACC.
 
Miami 71, Clemson 65: The Hurricanes have won four of five games and are 8-6 in conference.  It's a tough home stretch though, as Virginia, Duke, Va Tech and Florida State make up their final four - with Duke being the only home game remaining.
 
Villanova 92, Seton Hall 70: Seton Hall falls to 6-8 in Big East play.  I find it hard to think they'll make the tournament if they're below .500 in conference, which would require wins against DePaul and Georgetown and a split of Xavier and Butler.
 
Duke 99, Wake Forest 94: An offensive shootout as the teams combine for 1.42 PPP.  That's bad news for a Wake team that falls to 6-9 in conference.  Wake is now 0-7 vs RPI Top 25 teams and will need to win out to reach .500 in conference.  They're alive, but it's a long shot.  Meanwhile, don't count the Blue Devils out of the 2-seed conversation.
 
Louisville 94, Virginia Tech 90: An iffy intentional foul call in the game's final moments did the Hokies in.  The statement of the afternoon though came on the sideline, when Buzz Williams switched to a VT T-shirt after sweating through his dress shirt in the first half.
 
West Virginia 83, Texas Tech 74 (2 OT): A thrilling rally by Tech pushed the game into OT, but the Red Raiders only managed 10 points the rest of the way, eventually faltering in the second extra period.  They'll likely need to finish 4-0 to be in the tournament discussion.
 
SMU 76, Houston 66: The Cougars stormed out to a 13 point lead early, but got into foul trouble and got beat up on the boards as SMU eventually took control.  They'll likely need to win out - which would include a win over Cincinnati - to be in serious contention.
 
Marquette 83, Xavier 61: The Eagles claw back to .500 in conference, only their second win since beating Villanova on January 24.  They'd be pretty save with a 3-1 finish the rest of the way.  The loss is Xaiver's third straight.
 
Kentucky 82, Georgia 77: That may who been Georgia's last chance at an at-large spot, especially after losing Yante Maten to what's being reported as a "serious knee injury" before the first media timeout.
 
Vanderbilt 71, South Carolina 62:  Three losses in four game for South Carolina, all against teams that are either out (Bama, Vandy) or on the bubble (Arkansas0.  Are they hitting the same skid they hit in December?
 
Iowa State 84, TCU 71:  The Horned Frogs fall to 6-8 in conference with Kansas and WVU coming up.  They'll need to at least split those to have any chance at an at-large bid.
 
Pitt 80, Florida State 66: The Seminoles road woes continue - especially at the free throw line where they shot 9-15 in the loss - a common thread in their road losses.  A lot of eyes will be on them in Brooklyn to see if they can figure out how to win outside of Tallahassee when it counts.
 
UCLA 102, USC 70: The Bruins easily avenge their earlier loss to their cross-town rivals.
 
Nebraska 58, Ohio State 57: The loss eliminates the Buckeyes from at-large conversation.
 
Purdue 80, Michigan State 63: A bad as the loss was, the loss of Eron Harris to a season-ended knee injury leaves Tom Izzo with an uphill battle to keep their 19-year tournament streak alive.
 
East Tennessee State 65, Chattanooga 51: The Buccaneers stay within a game of Furman, who they host on Wednesday.
 
Sunday
Wisconsin 71, Maryland 60: The Badgers put a stop to their two game skid to remain tied with Purdue atop the Big Ten standings.
 
Creighton 87, Georgetown 70: A quality win for the Jays that ends the slim hope the Hoyas had for a bubble bid.
 
Georgia Tech 71, Syracuse 65: Tech needed this to stay in good position to finish the regular season .500 in ACC play, a mark that I think will get them in the tournament.  Meanwhile, Syracuse has lost three in a row and would likely be out if the field was selected today - and they have red-hot Duke and Louisville in their next two.
 
Minnesota 83, Michigan 78 (OT): Not enough can be said for how Derrick Walton is willing this Wolverines' team to the tournament.  They came up short here, despite closing regulation on a 12-4 run to force the extra period.  Minnesota is in good shape to make the cut again with their fifth straight win.  Penn State and Nebraska remain, so 10 conference wins definitely seems doable.
 

Tipping Off Tonight

 
Iowa State at Texas Tech: It's desperation time in Lubbock.  After coming up short, the Raiders likely need to in out and reach. 500 in conference play to make the Tournament.
 
Miami at Virginia: The Cavaliers are coming off a lopsided loss at UNC and sit at 8-6 in the ACC, 1.5 games out of 4th place and the bye to the Quarters in the conference tournament.  Miami is comfortable for the moment at 8-6 as well, but have Duke and Florida State left on their schedule.
 
UT Arlington at Georgia Southern: Big game in the Sun Belt as both teams look to be the first to reach 11 wins in conference.