Scoreboard Watching: March 3, 2017

Bracketology Scoreboard Watching
Typically, our Friday editions of Scoreboard Watching preview the weekend ahead - but we'll be dishing out daily recaps and previews from here on out - Selection Sunday is in within sight!

In The Books

Iowa 59, Wisconsin 57: Wow, that's now five of six losses for Wisconsin - two to teams not projected in the tournament as of today - since the committee ranked them outside the top 16 when they we're 21-3 overall and 10-1 in the Big Ten!  A 7/8 does not seem out of the question as of now.  Meanwhile, Iowa has quietly broken .500 in conference should get to 10 wins with a home game against Penn State on Sunday.  They own wins over Wisconsin, Maryland, Purdue, Michigan and Iowa State against only one bad home loss (Dec 3 vs Nebraska Omaha).  The interesting thing: fellow Big Ten bubble team Illinois swept the Hawkeyes.  They could easily meet in the 8/9 game in the Big Ten Tournament.
 
Utah 77, California 44: You know what you don't do when you're barely hanging on to a bubble bid?  Lose by 30 to a team not projected in the tournament.  This one hurts.
 
Cincinnati 65, Houston 47: Well, that ends Houston's hot at an at-large bid, in a big way.
 
Campbell 81, UNC Asheville 79: Big upset in the Big South as the 2-seed falls in their first round of action.  This is definitely Winthrop's tournament to lose now.
 
North Florida 91, Lipscomb 85 & Florida Gulf Coast 74, Kennesaw State 62: The first conference championship game is set.  North Florida will travel to FGCU on Sunday.  [Note: I'll be working this game, yours at 3 ET on ESPN]
 
North Carolina A&T 68, North Carolina Central 63: Madness in the MEAC!  NC A&T, which entered winless against DI competition, knocks off conference leading NC Central.  The Aggies were the last remaining winless team in Division I.

Tipping Off Tonight

Iowa State at West Virginia: I'm admittedly higher on the Cyclones than most, according to the Bracket Matrix.  Both teams own wins over Kansas and Baylor and are hopeful for a top-4 seed.
 
Harvard and Princeton: The two best teams in the Ivy League sqaure off.  A win clinches the regular season for Princeton.  In year's past that meant an automatic bid, but not anymore.  The inaugural Ivy League Tournament will take place next week in Philly to settle the conference's automatic bid.
 
Ohio Valley Semifinals: Belmont are heavy favorites to win the OVC.  They'll play Jacksonville State tonight.  Murrayt State plays UT Martin on the other half.  The winners plays Saturday on ESPN2 for an automatic bid.
 
Big South Seminfals: Winthrop are now heavy favorites after UNC Asheville fell in the semis.  They'll play Gardner Webb on one half.  The other side features two teams sub .500 in conference play, Campbell and Radford.  The title game is slated for Sunday at 1pm on ESPN.