In The Books
Valentine's Day obligations mean that I'm a day behind here, so we'll start by catching up with...
Kansas 84, West Virginia 80 (OT): The Jayhawks erased a 14 point lead with two-minutes-and-change left to play to push the game into overtime before stealing back an unlikely win and holding firm on the 1-seed line. Heartbreaking loss for WVU.
Texas Tech 84, Baylor 78: A huge win for the Red Raiders who get themselves back into the bubble conversation - for now. They still need to finish 4-1 to get to .500 in B12 play, an absolute must given their putrid non-conference schedule.
Louisville 76, Syracuse 72 (OT): Back-to-back losses for the Cuse put them back squarely on the bubble. They'll have to earn their spot, with a four game finishing stretch that features two games vs fellow-bubble GT, Duke and a return trip to Louisville remaining.
Clemson 95, Wake Forest 83: The Tigers sweep a fellow bubble team in Wake, but still sit at only 4-9 in
conference, though most of their toughest games are behind them.
Virginia Tech 66, Pitt 63: The Hokies narrowly escape in Pitt to stay above .500 in conference play heading into Saturday's game at Louisville.
Michigan State 74, Ohio State 66: At 8-5 in Big Ten Play, the Spartans are fairly comfortable right now. However, they're only favored by KenPom in one of their final five games.
Kentucky 83, Tennessee 58: Revenge came easy for the Wildcats while Tennessee drops their third game in four contests.
Tipping Off Tonight
Oklahoma State at TCU: Two Big 12 bubble teams square off in Fort Werth. TCU is .500 in conference, but only has one game remaining against teams not projected in the tournament.
Creighton at Seton Hall: Seton Hall is playing at home as desperate. A loss would drop them to 5-8 in conference with Villanova and Xavier on deck.
Xavier at Providence: A huge opportunity for Providence to build upon the momentum of Saturday's win over Butler and keep their bubble hopes alive.
Duke at Virginia: UVA is only 3-3 in their last six, while Duke looks to be coming together with Coach K back on the bench.
Iowa State at Kansas State: Five losses in six games make this home one a must win for K-State.
Maryland at Northwestern: The Wildcats return home coming off their biggest win in conference history. A win would clinch .500 in Big Ten play and give them 20 on the season.
Indiana at Minnesota: IU is in major trouble, 5-8 in conference with four of their final five games on the road. They'd have to do serious work just to finish 8-10 in a conference that the Committee is obviously not wowed by.
Georgia Tech at Miami (FL): Both teams are 6-6 in conference. This is likely a play-in game for tomorrow's edition of Bracketology 2017.
Arkansas at South Carolina: The Razorbacks are reeling. A road loss here would drop them out of the field for the time being.