Scoreboard Watching: December 1, 2016

Bracketology Scoreboard Watching

In the books

Indiana 76, North Carolina 67: Well, the Hoosiers now have the best two wins of the young college basketball season (to go with their neutral court win over Kansas) and the worst loss of any team in contention for a top seed at Fort Wayne.  This win goes a long, long way to erasing the sting of that loss heading into a stretch of cupcake games before facing Butler on the 17th.
Louisville 71, Purdue 64: The Cardinals defense continues to be smothering, especially inside where they held the Boilermakers to 9-30 on 2-PT FG (as opposed to 10-23 from 3-PT).  Louisville should coast from here to their December 21 showdown with Kentucky before opening ACC play with Virginia just after Christmas.
Virginia Tech 73, Michigan 70: Yesterday I asked which Michigan team would show up, the one that looked dominant in NYC or the poor version we saw at South Carolina?  Turns out it was both.  Michigan controlled the game early, holding a 96% chance of winning with seven minutes left, only to see it slip away in the final minutes.
Saint Mary's 66, Stanford 51:  The Gaels continue to roll through thier non-conference schedule, always important before WCC play starts.  They'll take on UT-Arlington next week in their last game against a KenPom Top 100 team out of conference.
Virginia 63, Ohio St 61: This game remained close throughout before the Cavs finally closed out the win at home.  London Perrantes led UVA with 19 PTS on 4-8 3-PT, pacing what is surprisingly a Top 10 offense acording to KenPom's Tempo-Free metrics.  They'll host West Virginia on Saturday.
Boise St 72, SMU 62: After being anointed AAC favorites after three games, the Mustangs have tanked, dropping 3 of 4 with this upset road loss.  They'll have a couple games to get right before facing nearby rival TCU next Wednesday.
TCU 86, Washington 71: Speaking of the Horned Frogs, Jamie Dixon quietly has his alma mater at 7-0 including now back-to-back wins over Washington.  The aforementioned game against SMU could be the game that starts to get them on people's radar.
Clemson 70, Nebraska 58: The Tigers get back on the right track after a disappointing showing at WWOS last week.

Tipping Off Today

Cincinnati vs Iowa St:  Speaking of being anoint AAC favs, that conference very much looks like the Bear-cats to lose at this point.  Iowa St looks to bounce back from Sunday's loss to Gonzaga with a quality win at home.