Scoreboard Watching: January 4, 2017

Bracketology Scoreboard Watching

In The Books

North Carolina 89, Clemson 86 (OT): The Tar Heels avoid an 0-2 start to ACC play as Clemson couldn't quite take control late and let's the opportunity for a signature win slip away.
 
Texas Tech 77, West Virginia 76 (OT): Speaking of needing a signature win, the Red Raiders were in bad need of one after coasting through a weak non-conference schedule.  They got it against a WVU team that has been knocking big dogs off on the road thus far.
 
Wisconsin 75, Indiana 68: The Badgers continue to look like the class of the B1G, now 2-0 with a road win over IU and a 7 game winning streak headed into Purdue on Sunday.  Meanwhile, Indiana's slide continues, as a three game losing streak drops to 10-5 on the year.
 
Kansas 90, Kansas St 88: The Jayhawks hold on late for a win over their in-state rival.
 
TCU 60, Oklahoma 57: Jamie Dixon's team continues to pick up wins and will head to Morgantown on Saturday with a 12-2 mark.
 
Kentucky 100, Texas 58: Complete domination.

Tipping off Tonight

 
North Carolina at Clemson: The Tigers have won 9 in a row and look ready to prove they can contend in the ACC with a home contest.  Will they have an atmosphere worthy of the match-up, or will everyone at Little John be caught up football frenzy still?
 
West Virginia at Texas Tech: The Mountaineers have been savages on the road the season and look to move pick up their third KenPom Top 50 win away from home.
 
Wisconsin at Indiana: After Saturday's loss to Nebraska, the Hoosiers have to be wondering what team they'll be the rest of the way - the one that beat Kansas and North Carolina, or the one that fell to the Huskers and at Fort Wayne?  This could be a big step toward answering that question.
 
Kansas St at Kansas: the Wildcats are 12-1 this season, but their only win against the KenPom Top 150 is a three point home win against a hapless Texas team.  The Jayhawks have rolled ever since their opening night loss to Indiana back on November 11 behind Frank Mason and Josh Jackson.
 
Oklahoma at TCU: The Horned Frogs have shown signs of being a tournament team in non-conference play, but want to avoid an 0-2 start in conference play.
 
Texas A&M at Kentucky:  The Aggies badly need a signature road win, but the chances of pulling this one off seem slim to none.

 
Villanova at Bulter: A letter, from the Big East to Villanova: Congrats on your totally awesome national title.  How about you open up conference play on the road at the two toughest teams in the conference.  Sound good?  No? Okay, well you're doing it anyway.  Good luck!
 
Louisville at Notre Dame: The Cardinals second straight game in the state of Indiana is a tough road test at a Notre Dame team that's not easy to beat at home.
 
Virginia Tech at North Carolina St: The Hokies are coming off a win against Duke and look to keep it going in back-to-back road tests against NC State and red-hot FSU this week.
 
Miami at Syracuse: The Orange needs haven't strung back-to-back wins together since Thanksgiving, but need to badly now as ACC play continues and they come off a road loss at Boston College.
 
Virginia at Pitt: Last week was up and down for the Cavaliers, who won at Louisville before losing at home to Florida St.  Pitt on the road provides a good test to get right.
 
South Carolina at Georgia: Both teams need strong starts in conference play to keep their tournament hopes alive after so-so non-conference showings.
 
Creighton at St. John's: The Red Storm already made a victim of Butler at home, will Creighton be able to bounce back from their first loss of the season to leave Carnesecca Arena win a win?
 
Iowa St at Baylor: If they Bears can make it to MLK Day undefeated, they've done some serious work.  They'll host Iowa St and Oklahoma St and travel to West Virginia and Kansas St.