Scoreboard Watching: February 6, 2017

In The Books

Saturday
Florida 77, Kentucky 66: Two teams heading in opposite directions it would seem.  The Gators are playing great basketball right now and look primed to make a run for the SEC crown, especially if Kentucky continues to slide.  The Wildcats haven’t won in regulation since January 21.
 
Oregon 85, Arizona 58: This Ducks completely dominate at home over KenPom’s projected Pac-12 Champs. The loss will keep Arizona from jumping to the 1-seed line, which would have been an easy move after the results below.
 
Iowa State 92, Kansas 89 (OT): Coming off their two best wins of the season, Kansas falls at Phog Allen to an Iowa State team that badly, badly needed the win after sliding back toward the bubble.
 
Kansas State 56, Baylor 54: The Wildcats were in very dangerous territory, losing three straight heading into games at Baylor, vs Kansas and at WVU.  To say this is a big win for K-State is a massive understatement.
 
Purdue 73, Maryland 72: Caleb Swanigan’s double-double helped the Boilermakers edge the Terps in the battle for who will remain the top contender to Wisconsin for the conference crown.
 
Xavier 82, Creighton 80: Two teams who saw star players lost for the season in recent weeks met in a thriller.  Both teams are hoping that despite the injury, they can make a push for a top-4 seed.
 
Oklahoma State 82, West Virginia 75: All the sudden the Cowboys have risen from the ashes and look like a tournament team.
 
Syracuse 66, Virginia 62: As are the Orange, who have picked up four quality wins in a row now.  Their resume is still littered with losses to UConn, BC, St. John’s and Georgetown, but if it’s going to be hard to keep anyone out who gets to 10 ACC wins – which would only require a 3-4 finish.
 
Wichita State 85, Illinois State 45: The Shockers avenge their lone conference loss emphatically, moving back into a tie atop the MVC – and importantly, in better position for an At-Large bid should they not claim an automatic-bid.
 
Ohio State 70, Michigan 66: Michigan falls to 4-6 in Big Ten play.  Tournament hopes are very dim in Ann Arbor, as they’ll need a 6-2 finish to get to 10 conference wins, and only have two games left against teams not projected in the tournament – both on the road.
 
Stanford 81, Utah 75: Terrible weekend for the Utes, who go 0-2 against the NoCal schools and fall below .500 in conference.
 
Wake Forest 81, Georgia Tech 69: The Jackets lose back-to-back games to go back to the bad side of teh bubble and negate the momentum earned with wins over FSU and ND.
 
Missouri 83, Arkansas 78: An absolute anchor of a loss for the Razorbacks, snapping a 13 game losing streak for the Tigers and becoming their first team ranked in the KenPom Top 225 to fall to Mizzou.
 
Sunday
North Carolina 83, Notre Dame 76: In a game that moved day and location, the Tar Heels keep grip of first in the ACC.  KenPom projects a 4-way tie for the conference crown, with UNC, FSU, Louisville and UVA all projected to finish 13-5.
 
Florida State 109, Clemson 61: Well, that’ll send a message.  Florida State absolutely dismantled Clemson, behind Dwanye Bacon’s 29 points.  13 players scored for FSU who host NC State on Wednesday.
 
Wisconsin 65, Indiana 60: The Badgers keep their spot on top of the Big Ten standings, while IU falls to 5-6 in conference play.  The Hoosiers are projected by KenPom to finish 8-10 in conference, which would surely mean NIT banishment for the Hoosiers without a deep conference tournament win.

Tipping Off Tonight

Kansas at Kansas State: The Wildcats are coming off their best win of the season and Manhattan will be rocking for this rivalry game.

Louisville at Virginia: Well, this story changed a bit this morning as Deng Adel and Mangok Mathaing were both suspended after breaking curfew.  The good news is the Cavs’ pace doesn’t necessitate a deep bench, which may help to mitigate the damage.