Scoreboard Watching: February 17, 2017

Bracketology Scoreboard Watching

In The Books

Michigan 64, Wisconsin 58: The Wolverines needed it, picking up their best win of the season.  A 3-2 finish should let them rest comfortably heading into the BTT.
 
Oregon 79, Utah 61: The Utes were no match for the Ducks.  They're above .500 in conference, but unless they beat Cal on March 2 their best win of the season was against USC.
 
North Florida 92, Lipscomb 83: The loss moves Florida Gulf Coast back into sole possession of first place in the A-Sun.

Tipping Off Tonight 

Friday
Princeton at Yale: The Tigers put their 11 game winning streak on the line in the only game remaining on their schedule in which they're not favored by KenPom.
 
Valparaiso at Oakland: The last time these two teams played, Oakland took the road win in convincing fashion and looked like the class of the Horizon.  Tides have shifted though, as the Crusaders come in with a two game lead.  A win would all but give them the regular season title - up 3 games with 4 to play, including conference cellar-dwellers Detroit and Milwaukee.
 
Saturday
Kansas at Baylor: A loss could drop the Bears out of the 1-seed line if it's coupled with a UNC win.  Kansas could make a case for the 1-overall seed if they could sweep the season series over the Bears.
Virginia at North Carolina: UVA has lost four of out their last six games, and still has two contests against UNC remaining.  The first of which takes place in Chapel Hill, where the Tar Heels haven't lost this season.
SMU at Houston: Here's Houston's opportunity to play themselves into the bubble conversation.  I'll be on-site, can they pick up the home win and get themselves in?
 
Xavier at Marquette: Marquette's only win since beating Villanova has come against DePaul.  They need this one bad to get back into the conversation.
 
Kentucky at Georgia: Like Houston above this is Georgia's last chance to grab some attention.  They should be able to capitalize should they win too, with a favorable final four games.  
 
Florida State at Pitt: FSU has struggled away from home, especially when it comes to shooting free throws.  They should win, but it's no gimmie.
 
TCU at Iowa State: The Cyclones are sitting comfortable following their sweep over K-State.  TCU is fighting for their lives meanwhile, after falling at home to OK-State.
 
Wake Forest at Duke: Wake needs a big win, but the Blue Devils are playing their best ball of the year.
 
Texas Tech at West Virginia: Tech is knocking on the door of the bid following their win over Baylor.  If they could still this upset, they'd definitely be in heading into the final weeks of the regular season.
 
USC at UCLA: The Trojans took round one, but UCLA is hot and playing at home.
 
Michigan State at Purdue: A win by Sparty would clinch a .500 conference record, while Purdue has taken over the favorite spot in the Big Ten after Wisconsin's recent skid.
 
Virginia Tech at Louisville: The Cards are still eyeing a possible 1-seed if they can take the ACC title.
 
Sunday
Michigan at Minnesota: The Wolverines are hot, but they have only one road win on the season and Williams Arena is never an easy place to win.
 
Syracuse at Georgia Tech: Likely a play-in game for Monday's edition of Bracketology 2017.
 
Maryland at Wisconsin: Along with Purdue, these two are tied atop the Big Ten standings heading into the home stretch.  Wisconsin hasn't lost consecutive Big Ten home games since 2014, when it lost three in a row.