Scoreboard Watching: February 20, 2017

Bracketology Scoreboard Watching

In The Books

Friday
Stanford 73, California 68: Big upset in the Bay as Cal falls to 9-5 in Pac-12 play.  The Bears should still be okay, but can't afford to slip up too much more after Wednesday's home tilt with Oregon.
 
Princeton 71, Yale 52: The Tigers controlled the game throughout in what was billed as their toughest test in Ivy League play. They're two games clear of Harvard in the final four.
 
Oakland 82, Valparaiso 52: The Grizz sweep the Horizon League leaders and sit only one game back with a more favorable schedule than the Crusaders.
 
Kent State 70, Akron 67: The Zips first home loss in nearly two years basically guarantees that they won't be seeded above a 12-seed and will nee to win the MAC to make the cut.
 
Saturday
Kansas 67, Baylor 65: Just like that KU is up three games in the Big 12 with four to play.  If they can run away with the nation's strongest conference (per KenPom) and take the tournament, the door is open for the KU to take the #1-overall seed in the tournament.
 
North Carolina 65, Virginia 41: The Tar Heels gave Virginia taste of their on medicine, dominating the slow-paced match-up (the 61 possessions was UNC's 2nd lowest this season) and maintaining their one game lead in the ACC.
 
Miami 71, Clemson 65: The Hurricanes have won four of five games and are 8-6 in conference.  It's a tough home stretch though, as Virginia, Duke, Va Tech and Florida State make up their final four - with Duke being the only home game remaining.
 
Villanova 92, Seton Hall 70: Seton Hall falls to 6-8 in Big East play.  I find it hard to think they'll make the tournament if they're below .500 in conference, which would require wins against DePaul and Georgetown and a split of Xavier and Butler.
 
Duke 99, Wake Forest 94: An offensive shootout as the teams combine for 1.42 PPP.  That's bad news for a Wake team that falls to 6-9 in conference.  Wake is now 0-7 vs RPI Top 25 teams and will need to win out to reach .500 in conference.  They're alive, but it's a long shot.  Meanwhile, don't count the Blue Devils out of the 2-seed conversation.
 
Louisville 94, Virginia Tech 90: An iffy intentional foul call in the game's final moments did the Hokies in.  The statement of the afternoon though came on the sideline, when Buzz Williams switched to a VT T-shirt after sweating through his dress shirt in the first half.
 
West Virginia 83, Texas Tech 74 (2 OT): A thrilling rally by Tech pushed the game into OT, but the Red Raiders only managed 10 points the rest of the way, eventually faltering in the second extra period.  They'll likely need to finish 4-0 to be in the tournament discussion.
 
SMU 76, Houston 66: The Cougars stormed out to a 13 point lead early, but got into foul trouble and got beat up on the boards as SMU eventually took control.  They'll likely need to win out - which would include a win over Cincinnati - to be in serious contention.
 
Marquette 83, Xavier 61: The Eagles claw back to .500 in conference, only their second win since beating Villanova on January 24.  They'd be pretty save with a 3-1 finish the rest of the way.  The loss is Xaiver's third straight.
 
Kentucky 82, Georgia 77: That may who been Georgia's last chance at an at-large spot, especially after losing Yante Maten to what's being reported as a "serious knee injury" before the first media timeout.
 
Vanderbilt 71, South Carolina 62:  Three losses in four game for South Carolina, all against teams that are either out (Bama, Vandy) or on the bubble (Arkansas0.  Are they hitting the same skid they hit in December?
 
Iowa State 84, TCU 71:  The Horned Frogs fall to 6-8 in conference with Kansas and WVU coming up.  They'll need to at least split those to have any chance at an at-large bid.
 
Pitt 80, Florida State 66: The Seminoles road woes continue - especially at the free throw line where they shot 9-15 in the loss - a common thread in their road losses.  A lot of eyes will be on them in Brooklyn to see if they can figure out how to win outside of Tallahassee when it counts.
 
UCLA 102, USC 70: The Bruins easily avenge their earlier loss to their cross-town rivals.
 
Nebraska 58, Ohio State 57: The loss eliminates the Buckeyes from at-large conversation.
 
Purdue 80, Michigan State 63: A bad as the loss was, the loss of Eron Harris to a season-ended knee injury leaves Tom Izzo with an uphill battle to keep their 19-year tournament streak alive.
 
East Tennessee State 65, Chattanooga 51: The Buccaneers stay within a game of Furman, who they host on Wednesday.
 
Sunday
Wisconsin 71, Maryland 60: The Badgers put a stop to their two game skid to remain tied with Purdue atop the Big Ten standings.
 
Creighton 87, Georgetown 70: A quality win for the Jays that ends the slim hope the Hoyas had for a bubble bid.
 
Georgia Tech 71, Syracuse 65: Tech needed this to stay in good position to finish the regular season .500 in ACC play, a mark that I think will get them in the tournament.  Meanwhile, Syracuse has lost three in a row and would likely be out if the field was selected today - and they have red-hot Duke and Louisville in their next two.
 
Minnesota 83, Michigan 78 (OT): Not enough can be said for how Derrick Walton is willing this Wolverines' team to the tournament.  They came up short here, despite closing regulation on a 12-4 run to force the extra period.  Minnesota is in good shape to make the cut again with their fifth straight win.  Penn State and Nebraska remain, so 10 conference wins definitely seems doable.
 

Tipping Off Tonight

 
Iowa State at Texas Tech: It's desperation time in Lubbock.  After coming up short, the Raiders likely need to in out and reach. 500 in conference play to make the Tournament.
 
Miami at Virginia: The Cavaliers are coming off a lopsided loss at UNC and sit at 8-6 in the ACC, 1.5 games out of 4th place and the bye to the Quarters in the conference tournament.  Miami is comfortable for the moment at 8-6 as well, but have Duke and Florida State left on their schedule.
 
UT Arlington at Georgia Southern: Big game in the Sun Belt as both teams look to be the first to reach 11 wins in conference.