Scoreboard Watching: January 30, 2017

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In The Books

Friday
VCU 73, Dayton 68: Just over a week after they lost at Fordham, the Rams spring back to live with their best win of the season.  They're now in a three way tie with Richmond and the Flyers in the loss column atop the A10.
 
Saturday
Kansas 79, Kentucky 73: The Wildcats have failed to score over 1.00 PPP three times this season - two of which were the two losses suffered this week (the other was a 69-48 W vs Michigan State in NYC in November).  Meanwhile, Kansas bounces back from their loss at WVU in a monumental way, staving off a hysterical, Michael Buffer hyped Rupp Arena to win the mother of all signature games.  This marks only the third season in which John Calipari's has lost two games at Rupp.  The first was their disastrous first-round NIT exit year, the other their national runner-up season in 2014.
Duke 85, Wake Forest 83: The grave was dug.  Everyone was ready to shovel dirt on the Blue Devils.  Then Luke Kennard did Luke Kennard things.  The sophomore went 10-10 from the field in the second half, including 6 3-PT field goals to power Duke to a much, much needed road win.  With Georgia Tech rising, this might be too tough a lost opportunity for the Deacons to overcome.
Syracuse 82, Florida State 72:  The Seminoles ran head-first into kryptonite this week, in the form of strong zone defenses.  Just days after Josh Pastner put on a clinic as Georgia Tech shut down FSU's offense, they seemed to have no answer for the Orange's 2-3 zone.  The fall is going to be long and hard for FSU after a trainwreck of a week - with a road trip to Miami still on deck.
Miami 77, North Carolina 62: Speaking of the Hurricanes, Miami proves no top dog is safe on the road in the ACC this season, dismantling first place UNC in Coral Gable.  However, the Tar Heels still remain in first place in the ACC after...
Georgia Tech 62, Notre Dame 60: ...the Yellow Jackets take down their third ACC title contender in Atlanta this season.  If Georgia Tech finished .500 in ACC play (they're 5-4 now), the committee is going to have a hard time keeping them out.
Vanderbilt 84, Iowa State 78: it was a poor showing from most of the Big 12 tournament teams not named Kansas in the B12/Sec challenge.  Iowa State couldn't get the job done in Nashville...
Tennessee 70, Kansas State 58: ...while east down I-40, K-State got beat up on the boards by a much shorter Tennessee team to fall in Knoxville.  The win caps a best case scenario week for the Vols, who are at least in back in the middle of the bubble conversation.  Rick Barnes' team should start racking up wins, only two opponents (@ Kentucky & @ South Carolina) are in KenPom's Top 50.
Maryland 85, Minnesota 78: It seems like forever ago when Minnesota had the makings of a tournament team.  Five straight losses later, they're in trouble.  The Terps continue to fly under the radar at 19-2, tied with Wisconsin for the Big Ten lead.
Florida 84, Oklahoma 52: After losing to Vandy at home, the Gators knock back-to-back 30+ point rod wins.
Baylor 78, Ole Miss 75: Much, much to close for comfort, as the Bears trailed for much of the game.  The good news?  Not many people saw it as it played head-to-head with KUvsUK.
Colorado 74, Oregon 65: Fresh off their first conference win of the season, the Buffaloes take down one of the conference favorites.  It would still take a monster remainder of Pac-12 play to get them back in the bubble discussion.
Georgetown 85, Butler 81:  4-2 in their last six games, including wins over Creighton and now the Bulldogs, Georgetown finally looks like they might be a more than a Big East doormat.  The loss is Butler's first at Hinkle Field House since last February.
 
Providence 79, Marquette 78:  One day, you're beating the #1 team in the nation.  The next, you're losing at home to a Providence team that entered 3-6 in Big east play.  Back toward the bubble for Wojo's boys.
East Tennessee State 76, Chattanooga 71: The Buccaneers take the drivers' seat in the SoCon with the win. Their return trip to Chattanooga is on February 18.
Nevada 82, New Mexico 65: Couple with Boise State's loss to Wyoming, the Wolf Pack are clearly in control of the MWC at this point.
William & Mary 96, UNC Wilmington 78: Quite a swing (32 points to be exact) from when these two teams last met on January 12, a 101-77 victory for UNCW.  The Seahawks are still the clear favorites in the CAA.
Sunday
Villanova 61, Virginia 59: Donte DiVencenzo's tip-in barely beat the buzzer as Nova survives.   Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins combined for just 4-19 from the floor, including a woeful 0-7 from inside the arc.  Win and advance.
Louisville 85, North Carolina State 60: Since losing in Tallahassee last weekend, the Cards are 2-0, having won those games by a combined score of 191-111.  Back to the bubble for NC State.
Michigan State 70, Michigan 62: Zak Irvin was scoreless in 36 minutes played while Michigan shot just 7-26 from 3.  A normal Michigan State team would have won this game by 30.
Nebraska 83, Purdue 80: The Huskers break a five game losing streak - which included losses to Ohio State and Rutgers - to knock off Purdue.
Northwestern 68, Indiana 55: These two teams met and one leaves very comfortably in the field, while one is hoping to scrape out a bubble bid.  If I had told you Northwestern was the comfortable team pre-season, would you have believed me?  Big game on Wednesday as they head to a Purdue team that hasn't lost back-to-back regular season games since 2015.

Tipping Off Tonight

Duke at Notre Dame: Both teams surely still hold out hope that they can make a late season push for the ACC crown after recent slides.  The game may come down to how good of looks ND can generate from three - the Domers rank 11th nationally in 3-PT percentage at 40.2%, while Duke holds opponents to 30.5%, 19th nationally.