Scoreboard Watching: February 22, 2017

Bracketology Scoreboard Watching

In The Books

Virginia tech 71, Clemson 70: One-point or not, that's 11 ACC losses for the Tigers and should be the end of their bubble hopes barring a deep, deep run in the ACC Tournament.
 
Iowa 96, Indiana 90 (OT): Seven losses in eight games for the Hoosiers should eliminate them from the bubble conversation as well.
 
Illinois 66, Northwestern 50: Say it ain't so!  The Wildcats have dropped five of seven and have slipped into the bubble conversation themselves.  With a road trip to IU followed by home contests against Michigan and Purdue left, it could be a rough ride to the finish in their chase for their first ever conference bid.
 
Florida 81, South Carolina 66: That's nine in a row for the Gators, seven of which have come by double-digit margins, as they head to Lexington for a showdown on Saturday.  The winner of that one is your likely SEC regular-season champs.
 
Purdue 74, Penn State 70 (OT): Scarier than Matt Painter would have liked, as his first place Boilermakers escape State College with the overtime win.

Tipping Off Tonight

Louisville at North Carolina: The showdown we've been waiting for in the ACC.  UNC still holds a gone game advantage on Louisville and Duke in the ACC, but a loss here could throw everything up for grabs.  The winner likely becomes the fourth 1-seed in tomorrow's Bracketology 2017.
 
Oklahoma State at Kansas State: All the sudden it's the Cowboys who are comfortable while K-State is struggling and very much on the bubble.  Bruce Weber's team needs - at worst - a 2-2 finish in their remaining games, very doable given their schedule to have a shot going into the Big 12 tourney.
 
Duke at Syracuse: After looking like a sure thing two weeks ago, Syracuse has turned into the team of bubble debate as of late.  They're still 8-7 in ACC play, but just 16-12 overall.  They need to at least split this week's two tough games, first at home against red-hot Duke before going to Louisville on Sunday.
 
Oregon at California: Cal's status got a little more bubbly after losing at Stanford on Friday.  They would quickly right that wrong with a signature win at home in this one.  Meanwhile, Oregon looks to stay in the hunt for a 1-seed.
 
Minnesota at Maryland: The Gophers are coming off a big win over a hot Michigan team in overtime, while Maryland must regroup after their conference title chances slipped away in the second half in Maidson on Sunday.
 
Butler at Villanova: A 'Nova win would clinch the regular season title with two to play.  Butler, of course, won the first meeting at Hinkle back on January 4.
 
TCU at Kansas: The Horned Frogs are 6-8 in conference with games against KU and West Virginia.  Stealing one of those would go a long way, but winning in the Phog seems like a big reach.  At home against the Mountaineers on Saturday?  More likely.
 
Providence at Creighton: Providence has played themselves back from the dead with wins over Butler and Xavier in their last two.  They're best road win on the year is at Marquette - eh - which would make this one a big time resume booster and possibly get them onto the right side of the bubble with more Bracketologists.
 
Boise State at Nevada: Two of the tree teams tied for first in the Mountain West square off in a possible MWC Tournament Final preview.
 
Furman at East Tennessee State: First place in the SoCon is up for grabs.  Furman is coming off a loss to UNC Greensboro, while ETSU just dominated fellow-top-runner Chattanooga on the road to set up this showdown.