Scoreboard Watching: January 20, 2017

Bracketology Scoreboard Watching

In The Books

UNC Wilmington 65, College of Charleston 59: Big road win by the Seahawks puts them clearly in the driver's seat in the Colonial.

Maryland 84, Iowa 76: Quietly, the Terps are winning all the games they should win and are off to a formidable 5-1 start in Big Ten play and 17-2 overall.  

Louisville 92, Clemson 60: The best news of the night?  The Cards put this one away early enough they didn't have to stress their starters to the end; which will come in handy as they have to turn around and fly to Tallahassee today to take on a top-10 Seminoles squad Saturday.  Meanwhile, the loss is Clemson's fifth straight, placing them squarely on the bubble after a strong non-conference showing.

Arizona 73, USC 66: The Wildcats win sets up the showdown with UCLA this weekend.  Meanwhile, USC falls to 3-4 in conference.

North Dakota State 89, Fort Wayne 83: The Bison hold serve in Fargo and now hold a two game advantage for first in The Summit.

Oregon 86, California 63: The gap between the Pac-12 title contenders at the bubble teams is large.  Exhibit A.

Tipping-Off Tonight

Friday

Eastern Michigan at Akron: Division leaders face off in what could be a preview of the MAC championship game.

Saturday

Louisville at Florida State: The Seminoles are 4-1 heading into their final game in a 6-game stretch against AP Top 20 teams.  FSU survived an amazing 15-for-21 shooting night on Wednesday from Notre Dame in their last outing.  They'll need a repeat performance out of star Freshman big man Johnathon Issac against Louisville's vaunted front line.

West Virginia at Kansas State: The Mountaineers return to action after their loss to Oklahoma earlier this week.  Kansas State is looking to put back-to-back wins together for the first time in conference play.

Baylor at TCU: Jamie Dixon's squad is 0-2 against the Big 12's power teams (WVU and Kansas) coming in.  

Arizona at UCLA: KenPom projects both teams to finish Pac-12 play tied for first at 15-3.  So yeah, this is kind of a big game.

Wisconsin at Minnesota: The Gophers have dropped two straight and could still use a signature win over one of the conference's title contenders.

Marquette at Creighton: Life after Maurice Watson begins in Omaha.  Many have written the Jays off with the loss of their point guard.  This will be a good measuring stick as to how correct those concerns are.

Oklahoma State at Texas Tech: The Cowboys are 0-6 in conference, while Texas Tech needs to keep notching wins to stay in good standing with the committee.

Houston at SMU: Both teams are fighting for a bubble bid out the American.

Miami at Duke: The Blue Devils have had a week off since their back-to-back losses to Florida State and Louisville.  Will they correct course or look like the team lost without it's leader like they did against the 'Noles and Cards?

Michigan State at Indiana: Two Big Ten teams many expected to compete for the title are now trying to pick up wins and keep their tournament hopes in tact.

South Carolina at Kentucky: The Gamecocks have the nation's best defense, while Kentucky boasts the second best offense.  Now, whether or not South Carolina can score themselves may be an entirely different question...

Illinois at Michigan: Two Big Ten teams currently on the outside of the bubble looking in square off in their second meeting in less than two weeks.  The Illini took the first meeting in Champaign last Wednesday, 85-69.

Sunday

Virginia Tech at Clemson: Both teams need wins in conference, badly.

Northwestern at Ohio State: The Wildcats march toward March rolls into Columbus.