Scoreboard Watching: January 5, 2017

Bracketology Scoreboard Watching

In The Books

Nebraska 93, Iowa 90 (2 OT): Nebrasketball moves to 3-0 in B1G play, but still only 9-6 overall.  It seems like they would have to get to 11 B1G wins to punch a ticket, though their non-conference SOS is strong (17th according to KenPom).  It could be a fun ride.
 
Purdue 76, Ohio St 75: A quality road win for the Boilers against an Ohio State team that needs to pick up the pace if they want to get on the right side of the bubble.
 
Minnesota 70, Northwestern 66: The Wildcats go ice cold down the stretch as Minnesota takes control and picks up another solid win for their resume.
 
 
Saint Mary's 81, BYU 68: BYU's chances to play themselves into a bubble bid steadily get more slim.  They need to knock off the WCC big boy's to have a real chance at making the dance.

Tipping off Tonight

 Friday
Rhode Island at Dayton: The Rams badly need to pick wins up against quality opponents.  This road test against the Flyers - who are the narrow A10 favorites by KenPom - is the opportunity they need.
 
Oakland at Valparaiso: The Horizon League favorites clash on Valpo's home floor, 9pm Friday on ESPN2.
 
Saturday
Clemson at Notre Dame:  The Irish are coming off their best win of the season over Louisville and look to move to 3-0 in ACC play.  Meanwhile, Clemson is 7-3 against the KenPom Top 100 and looking to prove they can hand with the ACC's top teams after an overtime loss to North Carolina on Tuesday.
 
Cincinnati at Houston: The Cougars are badly in need of a win here against the AAC favorites on their home court.
 
Butler at Georgetown: Butler looks to build upon their monumental road win over Villanova on Wednesday night.
 
Creighton at Providence: A 11-5, Providence is knocking on the door of a bubble bid.  A home win over Creighton would be a big step in the right direction.
 
Pitt at Syracuse: At 9-6, the 'Cuse continue to be on their final lifeline, though a 15 point win over Miami earlier this week was an encouraging sign.  Meanwhile, Pitt looks to avoid a letdown after their biggest win under Kevin Stallings when they knocked off Virginia on Wednesday.
 
Texas Tech at Kansas: Is there any chance the Red Raiders can roll the momentum of their home win against West Virginia into a road win in Lawrence?
 
Virginia Tech at Florida State: The Hokies got trounced at NC State on Wednesday, leaving many to wonder what team will show up.  Meanwhile, a young FSU team just needs to keep focused on the task at hand, with Duke due for a visit to Tallahassee on Tuesday.
 
Maryland at Michigan: The Wolverines needed a 14 point second half comeback to get by Penn State earlier this week.  The'll need a stronger showing if they want to survive this one.
 
Texas A&M at South Carolina: Both of these teams have been on a slide as of late and need to string some wins together.
 
Oklahoma St at Baylor: The Cowboys are all that stands between Baylor and the #1 overall seed in next week's Bracketology 2017.
 
Marquette at Villanova: Last week's #1 overall seed looks to bounce back from their home loss to Butler, while Marquette has to see this as the opportunity for a signature win they so badly need.
 
TCU at West Virginia: The Horned Frogs are on the good side of the bubble, for now.  They'll need to handle a Mountaineers defense that forces turnovers on 1/3 of the opponent's possessions, tops in the country.
 
Illinois at Indiana: The Illini are quietly building a resume, while Indiana has lost four of their last six games.  The Hoosiers have to defend the perimeter, where opponents have hit 47.4% of their shots in those four losses.
 
Sunday
Wisconsin at Purdue: The Big Ten favorites hit the road against their top contender in a game that will set the drivers seat for weeks to come.
 
Northwestern at Nebraska:  Nebrasketball is off to a 3-0 start in conference play, while Northwestern let a second half lead slip away with an ice-cold shooting stint to put themselves back squarely on the bubble.
 
Ohio St at Minnesota:  The Gophers took full advantage of that Northwestern drought mentioned above, picking up the road win, improving to 2-1 in conference play.