Scoreboard Watching: February 27, 2017

Bracketology Scoreboard Watching

In The Books

Friday
Dayton 89, Davidson 82 (OT): The Flyers trailed for much of this game beore pushing it to overtime.  The win sets up a showdown with VCU on Monday that would clinch the regular season for Dayton with a win.
 
Saturday
Kentucky 76, Florida 66: Malik Monk dropped 33 as De'Aaron Fox missed the game with an ankle injury.  The result is 32-point swing from Florida's lopsided victory three weeks prior.  That loss was Kentucky's third in four games.  They haven't lost since and now sit alone in first in the SEC.
 
BYU 79, Gonzaga 71: KenPom had the Bulldogs as 99% favorites to win, but BYU was having none of it.  The Cougars pushed the pace, failing to allow Gonzaga to play a half court game and handing Mark Few's team their first loss of the season.  They likely stay as a 1-seed with the loss, but another from here on out and they'll probably fall to the 2-seed line.
 
UCLA 77, Arizona 72: A huge win for the Bruins on the road.  The fourth number one seed could be in play for Steve Alford's team if they win out (including the Pac-12 Tourney).
 
Iowa State 72, Baylor 69: The Cyclones now own wins over Baylor and Kansas (in Phog Allen).  That should get the in contention for a top-4 seed.
 
Michigan 82, Purdue 70: The Wolverines were able to disrupt Purdue's big men by constantly moving theirs on both ends of the floor, rattling them with quickness.  This was the signature win they badly needed.  A spit of their final two road games (Northwestern & Nebraska) should have them pretty comfortable going into the BTT.
 
Miami 55, Duke 50: The Hurricanes now own wins over UNC and Duke at home.  With 20 overall wins and 10 conference wins, they're now locked in the tournament.
 
Florida State 76, Clemson 74: A win is a win, but this is pretty emblematic of FSU's split of home/road struggles.  The Noles drummed Clemson by 58 on Super Bowl Sunday in Tallahassee.  Away from home?  A 2-point squeaker.  They''re at Duke on Tuesday.
 
West Virginia 61, TCU 60: Five straight losses for TCU drops the Horned Frogs to 6-10 in conference.  They likely need to win from here to the Big 12 Final to have a shot at a bubble bid now.
 
Providence 73, Marquette 69:  I was admittedly more bullish than most on the Friars, but this run of late has them back up to .500 in conference with only DePaul and St. John's remaining.  If they can get to 10 conference wins, they might be locked in before the Big East tournament even begins.  Meanwhile, Marquette falls back toward the bubble with a much more challenge finish - at Xavier and home against Creighton.
 
Indiana 63, Northwestern 62: The Wildcats aren't going to make it easy on themselves.  The loss is heir fifth in six games, dropping them to 9-7 in the Big Ten with Michigan and Purdue remaining.  If they drop those and have a quick exit in the BTT, it could be a nervous selection Sunday in Evanston.
 
Villanova 79, Creighton 63: The Wildcats clinch the outright Big East title, keeping them in sound position for a 1-seed.
 
Rhode Island 69, VCU 59: Not dead yet.  The consensus on URI was that they needed to win out after their loss to Fordham to have a chance.  Well, they've won three in a row and have cleared their biggest hurdle.  A road trip to St. Joe's and a home game with Dayton is all they have left.  Meanwhile, VCU now needs a win at Dayton just to force a tie in conference.
 
Oklahoma 81, Kansas State 51: Wow.  The Wildcats absolutely needed a win and instead fall by 30(!) to a struggling Oklahoma team.  Wins against TCU and Texas Tech could potentially keep them on life support, but they seems like a longshot after a result like this.
 
Oklahoma State 70, Texas Tech 63: Well, any hope the Red Raiders had is officially toast with their 11th conference loss.  Meanwhile, OK State has now won nine of 10 and is in very good position heading into the final week.
 
Sunday
Butler 88, Xavier 79: Great week for the Bulldogs, who could very well earn a two seed with a deep push in the Big east Tournament.
 
Michigan State 84, Wisconsin 74: That's four losses in five games for Wisconsin after the committee left them out of their Top 16 on February 11.  I have them as a six-seed now, but even that may be optimistic.  Meanwhile, Sparty improves to 10-6 in the Big Ten and would seem like only an 0-3 finish (BTT included) would put them back on the bubble.
 
UCF 53, Cincinnati 49:  Just like that and SMU has the upper-hand fro the American's regular season crown.
 
Houston 72, Memphis 71: If there American is to get three teams in, it would likely have to be one of these.  Houston could earn their way in with a road win at Cincinnati on Thursday night.
 
Louisville 88, Syracuse 68: The loss pushes the 'Cuse back toward the bubble, but they could still pick up their 10th ACC win on Saturday against Georgia Tech, which would set them up nicely going into the ACC Tournament.
 
Notre Dame 64, Georgia Tech 60: Speaking of Georgia Tech, the Yellow Jackets have lost three of four and are very much in trouble.  They'll need to sweep Pitt and Syracuse and then win at least one in Brooklyn to sure up a spot in the big dance.
 
Arizona State 83, USC 82: Devastating loss for USC.  The Trojans have seemed safe for awhile, but now are very much on the bubble as one of my last four in.  They need to sweep the Washington schools next weekend at home then win 1-2 in the Pac-12 Tournament to be safe.
 
Illinois 73, Nebraska 57: If the Illini can beat Michigan State on Wednesday, they're very much in the bubble conversation heading into Indianapolis.
 
Northern Kentucky 82, Valparaiso 78 & Oakland 86, Milwaukee 75: The Oakland Grizzlies steal away the regular season crown on the final day of the regular season.  Their tournament starts Friday at Joe Louis Arena in nearby Detroit. 

Tipping Off Tonight

 West Virginia at Baylor: A loss and Baylor could wind up finishing fourth in the Big 12 - a thought that was crazy just a few weeks ago.
 
North Carolina at Virginia: Can the Cavs manage more than 41 points at home against the ACC leaders?
 
Miami at Virginia Tech: A win would give Va Tech 10 conference wins and likely lock up their spot in the tournament.  Miami just closed out a nice week that included a road win over Virginia and Saturday's home win over Duke.