Scoreboard Watching: November 16, 2016

Bracketology Scoreboard Watching

In the books

Baylor 66, Oregon 49: The Bears send an early statement to the Big 12, holding Oregon to 3-21 3-PT Shooting(!) to run away with this weekday afternoon showdown.  This started a string of games in which teams projected to be on the top-2 lines of the seed list dropped.
 
Kansas 77, Duke 75: Just days after getting dealt a tough loss to Indiana, the Jayhawks edge the overall-top-seed-favorite Blue Devils with a Frank Mason III game winner with 6 seconds left.  
 
Dayton 77, Alabama 72: A solid road win for a Dayton team looking to build momentum heading into Saturday's showdown with Saint Mary's.
 
Kentucky 68, Michigan St 49: The Spartans looked like a jetlagged team and simply couldn't hang with the young and athletic Wildcats.  Whether or not MSU's November gauntlet will be a blessing or a funeral is still to be seen after thier 0-2 start.  Meanwhile, Kentucky's freshmen are playing well together.  Malik Monk went 7-11 3-PT while De'Aaron Fox is currently 21-21 FT on the season.
 
Creighton 79, Wisconsin 67: The Big Ten favorites shot 63% from inside the arc, but were only 11-39 (39!) from beyond, including a 3-13 3-PT night from Bronson Koening.  Meanwhile, the Bluejays were an efficient 50% from both inside and beyond the three-point line and cruised to the home win.

Tipping off tonight

UT-Arlington at Florida Gulf Coast: A night after the powerhouse collision in New York City, peaceful Fort Myers plays host to a mid-major clash as two small conference favorites tip off at Alico Arena.  Both teams are looking to bounce back after losses to Power-5 teams after the Eagles fell to in-state foe Florida and UT-Arlington came up short against Minnesota.
 
Northwestern at Butler: Is this finally the Wildcats year?  NU should be improved under Chris Collins, but it would be tough to see them finishing above .500 and punching a ticket.  If they could work themselves into the bubble conversation, this would be a quality road win they would love to have.