Scoreboard Watching: February 1, 2017

Bracketology Scoreboard Watching

In The Books

Creighton 76, Baylor 67: The Jays complete the season sweep over Butler.  In doing so, Creighton picked up it's third win over a ranked team in a calendar month for the first time in school history - and may have erased doubts that crept in after their back-to-back losses following Mo Watson's ACL injury.
 
Kentucky 90, Georgia 81 (OT): The second road overtime loss against one of the SEC's top teams  - to go along with the screwjob they received at Texas A&M - has kept Georgia at arm' length from a bubble bid.  One more stop here down in regulation and the Bulldogs would have vaulted themselves in the field.  Meanwhile, Kentucky needed 60 points from Malik Monk and Isaiah Briscoe to keep themselves from dropping a third straight game heading into Saturday's trip to Gainesville.
 
Maryland 77, Ohio State 71: The Terps just keep winning.  20-2 overall and 8-1 in the Big Ten, Big home game next against Purdue on Saturday.  Meanwhile, OSU falls to 3-7 in conference and needs a very, very strong finish to salvage any tournament hopes.
 
North Carolina 80, Pitt 78: How narrow the line between hope and despair.  Jamal Artis' desperation three missed badly.  Had he managed to find the net, the Panthers would have new life.  Instead, they're 1-8 in conference and all but eliminated from at-large consideration.
 
Tennessee 87, Auburn 77: The Vols get themselves above .500 in SEC and creep closer to a tournament bid.

Tipping Off Tonight

Baylor at Kansas: Basketball nerds like us have had this one circled ever since Baylor's stunning comeback over Louisville in the Battle 4 Atlantis title game.  They've looked like Big 12 contenders since.  But to road to the top of the B12 mountaintop always runs through the Phog, where contenders dreams most often die.
 
Florida State at Miami: The one thing Leonard Hamilton didn't do in FSU's non-conference schedule was to schedule a true road test.  It may be to their detriment, as they're now 0-3 on the road in ACC play, including their two most recent games at Georgia Tech and Syracuse. 
 
Northwestern at Purdue: Chris Collins has the Wildcats playing the best basketball in program history.  At 7-2 in Big Ten play, they're very close to being mortal locks to make the dance.  A road trip to Purdue will be a tough task, however, as the Boilermakers hope to prove their weekend loss to Nebraska wasn't a sign of bigger problems.
 
TCU at Kansas State: The Horned Frogs have started to fade, while K-State looks to break a two-game skid of their own.
 
Seton Hall at Xavier: Like conference-mate Creighton, the Musketeers now have to deal without life after their best player was lost to an ACL injury.  Edmond Sumner - a "major contributer" by KenPom standards - is out for the year, dealing a blow to a team that's already slid a bit in Big East play.  Meanwhile, Seton Hall hopes to take advantage of Xavier's short-handedness and keep their tournament hopes alive.
 
Georgia Tech at Clemson: The Tigers need wins now as teams like GT pass them in the ACC pecking order.  The road has not been kind to Josh Pastner's team though, as the Yellow Jackets are just 2-5 away from home.
 
Villanova at Providence: The Wildcats first road trip since their loss at Marquette.