Scoreboard Watching: January 27, 2016

Bracketology Scoreboard Watching

In The Books

Oregon 73, Utah 67: Dillon Brooks returned from an ankle injury to lead the Ducks to a quality road win.  Utah still needs a win over one of the Pac-12 big boys to feel good about their chances.
 
Michigan 90, Indiana 60: The most lopsided win of the season for the Wolverines is the latest chapter in what's been a very up-and-down season in Ann Arbor.
 
Cincinnati 86, Xavier 78: At 18-2 overall, the Bearcats are 4-1 against the KenPom Top 50 and could be starting a push toward a spot on the first-4 seeds.
 
North Carolina 91, Virginia Tech 72: The Hokies remain in first place in the ACC.
 
Northwestern 73, Nebraska 61: At 6-2 in Big Ten Play and 17-4 overall, the Wildcats are a handful of wins away from being assured the first NCAA tournament bid in program history.  If they can push for a top-5 seed - which isn't out of the question at this point - Chris Collins should get NCOY consideration. 

Tipping Off This Weekend

Friday
Dayton at VCU: Big opportunity for the Rams to play themselves back into the field
 
Saturday
Kansas at Kentucky: After Tuesday night, this game has a different feel as both teams come in off a loss.  KenPom has the Wildcats has heavy favorites at home.
 
Duke at Wake Forest: The Blue Devils' slide continued on Monday with a loss to NC State.  Wake Forest is desperate for a win like this.
 
Kansas State at Tennessee: The Vols still have a work to do to get back into the bubble conversation, even with their win over UK on Tuesday.  K-State looks to rebound from their road loss to Iowa State earlier this week.
 
North Carolina at Miami: Winning in the ACC isn't easy.  The conference leaders will head to Miami to take on a Miami team that badly needs a win.
 
Florida State at Syracuse: How will the Seminoles bounce back from Wednesday's humbling loss at Georgia Tech?  Syracuse is down, but it's never an easy place to win.
 
Clemson at Pittsburgh: Both teams are on the outside looking in currently, making head-to-head match-ups like this very big.
 
Notre Dame at Georgia Tech: Tech is the team nobody wants to play right now, especially in Atlanta.
 
Maryland at Minnesota: A loss and the Gophers may be on the bad side of the bubble halfway through Big Ten play.
 
Sunday
Virginia at Villanova: The Cavs have won five in a row in ACC Play, including Tuesdays impressive road win in South Bend.  Meanwhile, Jay Wright looks to get the Wildcats back on track after shooting just 2-for-13 down the stretch in Milwaukee in Tuesday's loss.
 
Indiana at Northwestern: Four straight wins for the Wildcats have them at 4-2 in Big Ten play.  KenPom projects them at 11-7 in conference which would certainly be good enough to clinch their first ever NCAA Tournament bid.
 
Michigan at Michigan State:  Tom Izzo may not care about the fan base, but the fan base sure cares about this one.  A loss would be their fourth in a row and their 10th of the season.  Michigan has had their own struggles though...
 
Friday
Dayton at VCU: Big opportunity for the Rams to play themselves back into the field.
 
Saturday
Kansas at Kentucky: After Tuesday night, this game has a different feel as both teams come in off a loss.  KenPom has the Wildcats has heavy favorites at home.
 
Duke at Wake Forest: The Blue Devils' slide continued on Monday with a loss to NC State.  Wake Forest is desperate for a win like this.
 
Kansas State at Tennessee: The Vols still have a work to do to get back into the bubble conversation, even with their win over UK on Tuesday.  K-State looks to rebound from their road loss to Iowa State earlier this week.
 
North Carolina at Miami: Winning in the ACC isn't easy.  The conference leaders will head to Miami to take on a Miami team that badly needs a win.
 
Florida State at Syracuse: How will the Seminoles bounce back from Wednesday's humbling loss at Georgia Tech?  Syracuse is down, but it's never an easy place to win.
 
Clemson at Pittsburgh: Both teams are on the outside looking in currently, making head-to-head match-ups like this very big.
 
Notre Dame at Georgia Tech: Tech is the team nobody wants to play right now, especially in Atlanta.
 
Maryland at Minnesota: A loss and the Gophers may be on the bad side of the bubble halfway through Big Ten play.
 
Sunday
Virginia at Villanova: The Cavs have won five in a row in ACC Play, including Tuesdays impressive road win in South Bend.  Meanwhile, Jay Wright looks to get the Wildcats back on track after shooting just 2-for-13 down the stretch in Milwaukee in Tuesday's loss.
 
Indiana at Northwestern: Four straight wins for the Wildcats have them at 4-2 in Big Ten play.  KenPom projects them at 11-7 in conference which would certainly be good enough to clinch their first ever NCAA Tournament bid.
 
Michigan at Michigan State:  Tom Izzo may not care about the fan base, but the fan base sure cares about this one.  A loss would be their fourth in a row and their 10th of the season.  Michigan has looked better in the last week, but it's been a very up-and-down season for the Wolverines so far.