Scoreboard Watching: December 22, 2016

Bracketology Scoreboard Watching

In The Books 

Louisville 73, Kentucky 70:  The Cards announce themselves with a signature home win.  they're now 3-1 against the KenPom Top 25, with the only loss coming to Baylor in the Battle 4 Atlantis title game in which they blew a monster first half lead.  Kentucky couldn't keep their offensive explosion rolling against a stoud defense.  They'll have some time to regroup before opening SEC play on the 29th.
 
Clemson 62, South Carolina 60: Clemson picks up their biggest win of the season, extending their winning streak to seven games after a mixed 2-2 start.  Meanwhile, South Carolina seem to be slipping, dropping their last two games against KenPom Top 50 teams after an 8-0 start.
 
Virginia 56, Cal 52: The cross-country road test was always going to be a test for Tony Bennett's team, who escape with a four point win.  They'll have a week to prepare for their ACC opener in the Yum! Center against Louisville.
 
Auburn 74, Oklahoma 70: Auburn needed the win badly and got it at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut.  They improve to 9-2 on the season and add a KenPom Top 100 win to their resume.    The loss is Oklahoma's fourth in five games, as the Sooners drop to 6-5.
 
Dayton 68, Vanderbilt 63: The Flyers bounce back from Saturday's loss to Northwestern with a respectable home win.

Tipping off This Weekend

The holiday weekend makes for a light hoops slate before the Big Ten and American open up play on Tuesday

 
Friday
Georgia at Oakland: An intriguing road test for a Georgia team still hoping a strong SEC showing could earn them a bubble bid.
 
Auburn at UConn: A matinee tip-off in Hartford is the opportunity to put two nice wins together in a row for Bruce Pearl's Tigers, coming off last night's win over Oklahoma noted above.