Scoreboard Watching: January 23, 2017

Bracketology Scoreboard Watching

In The Books

Friday

Akron 70, Eastern Michigan 63: Big week for the Zips, who knock off both of the MAC's top contenders at home.  Every other MAC team has at least two wins, while Akron now sits at 6-0 in conference.

Saturday

Florida State 73, Louisville 68: The Cards were dealt a tough hand, tipping off against the ACC co-leaders in Tallahassee just 41 hours after beating Clemson at home.  The 'Noles took advantage of a predictably sluggish start jumping out to a 14-0 start in the game's opening minutes.  Louisville cut the lead to one on three separate occasions, but could never take the lead, extending FSU's home winning streak to 17.

Kansas State 79, West Virginia 75: I don't get West Virginia, man.  On one hand, they have very impressive wins against Baylor and at Virginia.  On the other, all four of their losses came to unranked teams.  Kansas comes next and I have no idea what to expect.

Baylor 62, TCU 53: TCU finishes 0-3 in their first round against the Big 12's title contenders, but a bubble bid is definitely still in reach..

Arizona 96, UCLA 85: The Wildcats got the news they've been waiting for Saturday morning when Allonzo Trier was cleared by the NCAA to return.  The Sophomore scored 12 points and had 7 rebounds in 27 minutes, leading the Wildcats to a huge road win.  Arizona's only losses are on neutral courts to Butler and Gonzaga and are now KenPom's favorites to win the top-heavy Pac-12.

Wisconsin 78, Minnesota 76: The Gophers have now dropped three straight in conference and are at a bit of a crossroads at they head to Columbus on Wednesday.

Marquette 102, Creighton 94: It's easy to look at a Creighton L and chalk it up to Maurice Watson Jr's absense, but the offense was clicking for the Jays.  Marquette pushed the pace and picked up their best win of the season.

Oklahoma State 83, Texas Tech 64: After an incredibly weak non-conference schedule, the Red Raiders need to make hay in Big 12 play.  At 3-4, they have a lot of work left to do.

SMU 85, Houston 64: Both teams entered in the bubble conversation, but only the Mustangs looked like anything that resembled  a tournament team.

Duke 70, Miami 58: Amile Jefferson returned for the Blue Devils, leading the way on the glass with twelve boards.  The 'Canes are 2-4 in ACC play with North Carolina and Florida State looming after a home tilt with BC.

Indiana 82, Michigan State 75: The Hoosiers have now won three games in a row and are back to .500 in Big Ten play.  Meanwhile, Sparty has dropped three of four and host Purdue on Tuesday.

Kentucky 85, South Carolina 69: The Gamecocks #1 rated defense did little to slow down Kentucky's attack, scoring just .03 under their season PPP average.

Michigan 66, Illinois 57: When the Wolverines were playing well (pre-Thanksgiving), it was in large part because of sophomore DJ Wilson.  The big man scored 19 to go along with 7 boards and 5 assists to lead Michigan, who held the Illini to their second lowest point total of the season, just a week and a half after giving up 85 points in Champaign.

Vanderbilt 68, Florida 66: A terrible week for the Gators, who fall at South Carolina and then at home in this stunner of a loss.  The Gators don't have enough good wins to make up for losses like this if they want to play opening weekend in Orlando.

Central Michigan 101, Miami Ohio 92: Not tournament impacting at all, but one must take note of Marcus Keene's 50 points thanks in large part to a 10-15 3-PT night.

Sunday

Virginia Tech 82, Clemson 81: Both teams badly needed a conference win.  Right now I have the Tigers still in my field of 68, but only by the slimmest of margins.  They need to finish very strong in ACC play to make the cut.

Northwestern 74, Ohio State 72: The Wildcats surrendered a halftime lead briefly, before taking control and never handing the game back to the Buckeyes in Columbus.  Guys, barring a collapse, Northwestern is going to make the tournament.

Tipping Off Tonight

TCU at Oklahoma State: The Horned Frogs had a bad week last week and need to get back on the winning track in Stillwater tonight.