Scoreboard Watching: January 16, 2017

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In The Books

Thursday

Notre Dame 67, Miami FL 62: The Irish pick up a solid road win an improve to 4-0 in ACC play.   Meanwhile, Miami falls to 1-2.

Cincinnati 67, SMU 64: A battle for the drivers seat in the AAC goes to the Bearcats at home.

Utah 86, USC 64: The Trojans are 1-3 after their 14-0 start to the year, while the Utes pick up a much needed win to help sure their spot on the right side of the bubble.

UCLA 104, Colorado 89: The Buffaloes were no match for the nation's top offense, paced by a 37-point showing from Bryce Alford.  Colorado falls to 0-4 in Pac-12 play.

Iowa 83, Purdue 78:  The Boilermakers fall just days after beating Wisconsin and looking like the class of B1G.  Iowa gets back over .500 in conference play heading into a weekend meeting with Northwestern.

Friday

Detroit 93, Oakland 88: Gigantic upset in the Horizon League changes the league race quite a bit.  The Titans had just one win against D-I competition and were in last place in the Horizon, while Oakland was still riding high off last week's statement road win at Valpo.

Saturday

Louisville 78, Duke 69: Life without Coach K isn't going so well for the Blue Devils, who go 0-2 on the road this week.  Meanwhile, Patino, the Cards defense has gotten them back over .500 in ACC play.

Baylor 77, Kansas State 68: The Bears get back to their winning ways after a woeful showing at West Virginia on Tuesday.

North Carolina 96, Florida State 83: The Tar Heels went small and neutralized FSU's strengths.  The Seminoles have been the team to use their depth to pull away late, but it was UNC who dominated the end of each half to put this one away.

Virginia 77, Clemson 73: With 7 wins against the KenPom Top 100, there's little doubt Clemson is a good team.  But at 1-4 in ACC play, they need to start putting wins together if they want to avoid sliding to the bubble.

Notre Dame 76, Virginia Tech 71: The Irish remain undefeated in ACC play.  They'll take that record into Tallahassee in what may be their biggest test of the season to date.

Gonzaga 79, Saint Mary's 56: The battle for WCC supremacy wasn't much of a battle at all.  Gonzaga is still alive for a 1-seed at 17-0 on the year.

TCU 84, Iowa State 77: Jamie Dixon's team keeps fighting to stay on the good side of the bubble.

Butler 83, Xavier 78:  Huge win for the Bulldogs, who now own wins against the two teams they'll likely battle for the Big East crown.

UCLA 83, Utah 82: Utah narrowly misses the signature win they so badly need.

Illinois State 76, Wichita State 62: The drivers seat in the MVC changes hands - which could leave the shockers out of the field fo 68.

Miami FL 72, Pittsburgh 46: In a fitting summary of ACC chaos, Pitt falls to 1-4 in conference, with their lone win coming against ACC power Virginia.

Oklahoma 84, Texas Tech 75: The Red Raiders profile simply isn't one of a tournament team right now, especially with the weakest non-conference SOS according to KenPom.

Maryland 62, Illinois 56: Nice week for the Terps, who take down B1G bubble teams Michigan, Indiana (who had slid themselves to the bubble) and Illinois in seven days' time.

Providence 65, Seton Hall 61: The Friars need wins like this to get themselves back into the thick of things.

Penn State 52: Minnesota 50: It took the Nittany Lions awhile to click, but they're playing well suddenly with back-to-back wins over Michigan State and the Gophers - who fall to 3-3 in B1G play.

Troy 93, UT Arlington 71: A bad week at the office for the Mavericks, who are no longer Sun Belt favorites according to KenPom. That mark now belongs to Georgia Southern - who UTA doesn't play until February 20 in Statesboro.

Sunday

Ohio State 72, Michigan State 67: A microcosm of the Spartans season - days after disposing of Minnesota at home, they fall again on the road, now 12-7 on the year.  They need to get to 20/21 wins to feel safe on selection Sunday, which won't come easy in the B1G.

Northwestern 89, Iowa 54: Days after downing Purdue, Iowa lays an absolute egg against Northwestern - showing why they have struggled to get into the tournament field.  On the other hand, the Wildcats aren't just in the field, they're comfortably in at this point and would need to go on a slide just to get back to the bubble.  

USC 71, Colorado 68: The Buffs badly needed at least a 1-1 weekend against the LA schools, but couldn't quite get there, dropping the two games by a combined total of 4 points.

Tipping-Off Tonight

Kansas at Iowa State: It's never easy to win in Ames, which hosts the toughest true-road trip thus far for current #2 overall seed Kansas.  The Cyclones return homes after falling at TCU on Saturday.

Creighton at Xavier: Big East heavyweights collide as Creighton looks to stay keep pace with Villanova while Xavier hopes to avoid their third straight loss in conference play.

Marquette at Butler: The Bulldogs have to feel like they have new life again after a big win against Xavier over the weekend.  Marquette needs a signature win in a bad way to help sure up their tournament status.

Seton Hall at Villanova: The Wildcats are back to the #1 overall seed while Seton Hall continues to fight for a bubble bid.

Syracuse at North Carolina: Meanwhile, the Orange need a signature win just to get back into the bubble conversation at 11-7.  UNC looked elite in their win over Florida State on Saturday, and look to hold pace among the ACC's top teams.