In The Books
Duke 65, Virginia 55: The Blue Devils are very much starting to look like what everyone expected in the preseason. UVA is sliding, 2-4 in their last five games after starting 16-3. They'll head to UNC on Saturday.
Oklahoma State 71, TCU 68: That's seven wins in eight games for OK-State, who has a favorable schedule down the stretch. Meanwhile, TCU falls to 6-7 in conference with their next three games at Iowa State, at Kansas and vs WVU.
Arkansas 83, South Carolina 76: A big road win for the Razorbacks helps to stall concerns over their recent poor play.
Maryland 74, Northwestern 64: The win sets up a showdown Sunday with Wisconsin that would at least give them a share of the Big Ten lead, if not outright if the Badgers were to fall in Ann Arbor tomorrow.
Iowa State 87, Kansas State 79: The Cyclones have bookended a six-losses-in-seven games streak for K-State, with their lone win in that span coming at Baylor. They're in deep trouble though at 5-8 in conference, though they are favored by KenPom in all but one of their remaining contests.
Providence 75, Xavier 63: That's back-to-back wins over Butler and Xavier - and may just be enough to get them in the field for now. They're at Creighton next Wenesday before closing it out with very winnable games against Marquette, DePaul and St. John's.
Seton Hall 87, Creighton 81: Similar story for Seton Hall, who may have played themselves back into the bubble conversation with a quality home win. They'll host Villanova on Saturday.
Minnesota 75, Indiana 74: That's-that for IU. They'll need a miracle to make the dance now.
Miami (FL) 70, Georgia Tech 61: Miami stay safe for now, while Georgia Tech falls below .500 again in ACC play, but I still like their chances. They can finish 9-9 in ACC play with a 3-2 finish, which would only require wins over Pitt, NC State and a split in their two games with Syracuse. I don't think the committee can leave them out if they finish .500 in conference play with wins over ND, FSU and UNC.
Tipping Off Tonight
Wisconsin at Michigan: The Wolverines are playing their best basketball since before Thanksgiving, but Wisconsin will be a tough test. It's still going to be an uphill battle for the Wolverines to make the cut.
Utah at Oregon: The Utes need it to get themselves back into the bubble field.