Scoreboard Watching: January 26, 2017

Bracketology Scoreboard Watching

In The Books

Georgia Tech 78, Florida State 56: A day after #JanuaryMadness saw the #1, #2 and #4 teams go down, #6 FSU wasn't even competitive in their second loss of ACC play.  The loss leaves UNC alone in first, while Georgia Tech officially enters the bubble conversation.

USC 84, UCLA 76:  Make it five top ten teams hanging an L this week.  Huge win for the Trojans, who had started to slide back to bubble territory after a poor start to PAC-12 play.  They're now 5-4 in conference play.  The loss is the Bruins' second straight, leaving them three games behind Arizona in KenPom's projected Pac-12 finish.  It'll be hard to see the Bruins get back to the 1-seed line in the end without a conference title.

Butler 61, Seton Hall 54: The Pirates can't keep up in the Big East, dropping four of their last five in conference play.  They'll be in for a fight to keep their bubble hopes alive.

Ohio State 78, Minnesota 72: The Gophers have now lost four straight and are two games under .500 in conference play.

Georgetown 71, Creighton 51: Guys, Creighton is in trouble.  In their two full games without Maurice Watson, Jr., they haven't been competitive against mid-tier Big East teams.  Greg McDermott has hit work cut out for him.

Baylor 65, Texas Tech 61: The Red Raiders kept it close, but could never get ahead over a Baylor team that now sits back as the #1 overall seed on the S-curve.

Nevada 76, Boise State 57: A pretty emphatic bounce-back from their loss to Fresno State, as the Wolf Pack go into their nearest MWC competitors and leave no doubt in a 19 point win.

Tipping Off Tonight

Oregon at Utah: KenPom has the Utes as very slight favorites in this one against one of the Pac-12 favorites.  The win would be huge toward their tournament chances.

Indiana at Michigan: The Wolverines need to win games like this at home if they want to make the field this year.

Xavier at Cincinnati: All bets are always off when these cross-town rivals meet up.  Big tournament implications are on the line in this year's edition.

Virginia Tech at North Carolina: The Tar Heels look to hang onto their one-game lead in the ACC.