In The Books
UCLA 82, Oregon 79: Lonzo ball looked every bit the player who has garnered NPOY consideration, notching a double-double and leading the Bruins to a win that seemed unlikely when they trailed by 19 in the first half. The Ducks' loss puts Arizona back into sole position of first place, where KenPom projects they'll win by a clear 2 games.
Duke 86, North Carolina 78: Massive win for the Blue Devils, who seem to be back to playing the basketball many expected they'd deliver when the season started. Why? Grayson Allen is finally playing like a first-team ACC guard, notching 25 PTS in the win. UNC drops into a tie with Florida State atop the ACC (UNC won the only h2h meeting) with Virginia just a half-game behind.
Purdue 69, Indiana 64: The Boilermakers stay within striking distance of Wisconsin behind Vincent Edwards' 26 PTS, 8 REB performance. Indiana drops to 5-7 in conference. Their home game against Michigan on Saturday just got a whole lot bigger as they cling to bubble hopes.
Wisconsin 70, Nebraska 69 (OT): The previously mentioned striking distance almost got a whole lot closer after Wisconsin needed overtime to avoid their second loss in conference play.
Furman 60, Chattanooga 56: The Paladins sit atop the SoCon while Chattanooga, who entered conference play as the odds-on favorite, falls two games back with six to play.
Lipscomb 66, Florida Gulf Coast 60: The Bison pull even with FGCU atop the A-Sun standings after each team won on the other's floor. Four games remain for each team before the 8-team conference tournament.
Tipping Off This Weekend
Dayton at Rhode Island: Huge game for the Rams, who have been disappointing this year. A win likely puts them in the field heading into the home stretch.
Akron at Eastern Michigan: Eastern has lost 5 of their last six games, but still remains slight favorites at home over the MAC-favorite Zips.
Gonzaga at Saint Mary's: The #1 Zags last real hurdle to an undefeated regular season is on in primetime in Moraga. The first meeting wasn't close, with Gonzaga cruising to a 23-point home win. This one projects to be much closer, with Saint Mary's only favored by two.
Florida State at Notre Dame: In their first meeting, ND shot 15-for-21 3-PT and still lost in Tallahassee in a game dominated by freshman Jonathan Issac. FSU has looked great as of late, posting 1.48 PPP in their last two games. The road has not been kind to FSU, however, as they average a mere 0.99 PPP in true road games.
Villanova at Xavier: Xavier is rolling, winning five of their last six after starting 3-3 in conference. Villanova is still eyeing the #1 overall seed in the tournament.
Kansas at Texas Tech: Texas Tech is behind the eight ball heading into a brutal stretch where they need to steal some signature wins.
@AlexNDavis About 6-10 teams. Need to steal some wins down the stretch & can't finish .500-or-worse in conf. Gonna be tough.
— TheBracketBlog (@thebracketblog) February 9, 2017
Georgia at Tennessee: The Vols need to win games like this to stay on the good side of the bubble.
Kansas State at West Virginia: The Wildcats took round one of this match-up in Manhattan a couple weeks ago. Morgantown has been boom or bust for the Mountaineers, who have defeated Kansas and Baylor at home, while falling to likes of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
Clemson at Duke: Clemson's last stand? A loss would guarantee that the Tigers won't finish above .500 in conference play.
Miami at Louisville: The Cards return home - where they've only lost once this season - to take on a Miami team that's been picking up some quality wins lately.
Cincinnati at SMU: The Bearcats take a 15-game winning streak into Dallas in a game in which KenPom only gives them a 34% chance to win. This is by far their biggest test in AAC play.
Michigan vs Indiana: Likely a play in/out game for Monday's edition of Bracketology 2017.
Virginia at Virginia Tech: Tony Bennett has only lost twice in Blacksburg in seven seasons.
Northwestern at Wisconsin: Northwestern has lost their last two, with Wisconsin and Maryland both on deck. A four game losing streak would make the final stretch interesting in their quest for a first-ever NCAA Tournament bid.
Nevada at San Diego State: The Aztechs have been a huge disappointment this season, but they till pose the toughest remaining tests for Nevada in conference play.