Scoreboard Watching: December 8, 2016

Bracketology Scoreboard Watching

In the books

Indiana St 72, Butler 71: The Scott brothers strike again.  Two weeks after Fort Wayne's Bryson Scott led his team to an upset win over Indiana, it was his twin brother Brenton who netted the game winning free-throw with 0.8 seconds left.  We said yesterday this had the making of a trap game for the Bulldogs before Saturday's game with Cincinnati, and they proved us right.
 
Colorado 68, Xavier 66: Topping off a bad night for the Big East was Xavier, dropping their second straight road game.  A huge win for the Buffallos who head into Saturday's game with BYU looking like they're on the right side of the bubble.
 
Creighton 77, Nebraska 62:  The Jays pulled away in the second half after a game that was close for the first twenty minutes.  Creighton guard Maurice Watson Jr. dominated with his quickness, finishing with a season-high 25 points and 8 assists.
 
Grand Canyon 76, San Diego St 72: With back-to-back losses to Loyola (IL) and now Grand Canyon, the Aztecs are officially out of the conversation for an at-large bid if they can't take the MWC crown.
 
SMU 74, TCU 59: In one of the bigger DFW showdowns in a while, the Mustangs finally got back to looking like they did in the early part of the season, controlling the game behind Semin Ojeleye's 23 points.
 
Seton Hall 60, Cal 57: The Pirates are slowly building themselves back into a tournament team.  Monday's game against South Carolina would be a big step in that direction heading into conference play.

Tipping Off Today

Iowa St at Iowa: The Hawkeyes got a much needed cupcake in Stetson to end their four game skid, punctuated by a home loss to Nebraska Omaha on Saturday.  They still don't have a win against the KenPom Top 300(!).  Meanwhile, the Cyclones just beat that same Nebraska Omaha team to end their own 2-game slide.  All signs would point to the Iowa St rolling on the road.
 
UT Arlington at Saint Mary's: Arlington has gotten back on track after their 1-3 start, but face their toughest test of the season in Moraga against the undefeated Gaels.  Saint Mary's only had two opponents the rest of the way ranked in the KenPom Top 100, surely something that will hurt them come selection time.