In The Books
Florida State 83, Notre Dame 80: Freshman Jonathon Issac may have had his breakout game netting 23 PTS to go along with 10 boards, 7 blocks and countless more altered shots. Florida State will need him no Saturday when Louisville comes with their own core of shot blocking. The loss is Notre Dame's first in conference, and draws the Seminoles into a tie for first along with Notre Dame.
South Carolina 57, Florida 53: The Gamecocks stormed out of the halftime locker room, quickly erasing a 7-point deficit at the break. They took the lead at 31-30 and never surrendered it, picking up a big win at home in the SEC's race for second place.
Oklahoma 89, West Virginia 87 (OT): The Sooners used a 18-3 second half spurt to erase a 14-point deficit with 4:19 left. After pushing the game to overtime with a jumper with 2.2 seconds left in regulation, Woodard notched the game-winning layup in OT to hand West Virginia their first home loss of the season. West Virginia was a 97% favorite to win by KenPom coming in.
Wake Forest 96, Miami 79: The Hurricanes most points surrendered in a game coming in was 73 to Iowa State at Disney on Thanksgiving weekend. The Deacons blew that away, nearly getting to the century mark. Miami drops to 2-3 in conference, while the win moves Wake to 2-3, still a long shot for a bubble bid at this point.
Indiana 78, Penn State 75: The Hoosiers hung on thanks to a James Blackmon triple at the buzzer to string together two wins for the first time since mid-December. With Rutgers already behind them, there aren't any breaks in the Big Ten the rest of the way for a team hoping to keep the promise they showed in November alive.
Navy 75, Lehigh 72: The Patriot League drivers seat shifts back to perennial conference power Bucknell.
Arizona at USC: The Wildcats start their LA road swing on a a ten-game winning streak.
Clemson at Louisville: The Tigers have been caught in the ACC's wash, dropping their last four in conference. Winning at the Yum! Center won't be easy, either, against the nation's second best defense.
Maryland at Iowa: The Hawkeyes got thumped at Northwestern over the weekend and this may be their last call. Maryland is hot at 3-1 in conference and 16-2 overall, though largely untested. They won't play a ranked opponent this season until they see Purdue on February.
UNC Wilmington at College of Charleston: Big game in the CAA as the favorites go on the road. Wilmington's only losses this season are both to teams projected in the field of 65 in Middle Tennessee and Clemson.
Cal at Oregon: The Bears are still searching for a signature win to help them feel comfortable on the right side of the bubble.
Fort Wayne at North Dakota State: Big game in The Summit as the top two teams go head-to-head for the first of two meetings this year.