In the books
Wisconsin 77, Syracuse 60: Ethan Happ lead the Badgers with 24 points on 10-12 shooting to go with 13 rebounds and 4 assist, while Syracuse shot 6-23 from 3 in a game that was never really close. Wisconsin hosts Oklahoma on Saturday while the 'Cuse hope to right the ship against North Florida and UConn in the next week.
VCU 81, Princeton 70: The Tigers remain heavy favorites to win the Ivy League, but don't look to be the danger that sometimes Ivy League teams can be come March at 2-3 and without a win against a KenPom Top 300 team. Meanwhile, the Rams improve to 2-1 against the KenPom Top 100 heading into Saturday's showdown with Illinois in Miami.
Pitt 73, Maryland 59: The Terps fall for the first time this season against a not-very deep Pitt team that only saw one bench player break 10 minutes, but still shot 20-36 on 2-PT FG. Maryland hosts Oklahoma St on Saturday.
Illinois 88, NC State 74: The Illini show a sign of life for the first time this season, and its bad news for an NC State Team in bad news of a good non-conference win, which they likely won't get now with the loss and no KenPom Top 100 teams remaining on their OOC schedule.
Valpo 65, Rhode Island 62: The Crusaders make the most of their home game against a decent opponent, topping Rhode Island in their biggest win of the season. Next up? A road trip to Lexington next Wednesday.
Duke 78, Michigan St 69: Miles Bridges looks much more freshman than phenom for the Spartans right now. They'll grow and change as the season goes one (one would expect), but right now this young MSU team is battling injury and struggling. Duke, who is also battling injuries, is not struggling. Which is scary when you think of the amount of talent currently wearing street clothes on their bench..
Tipping Off Today
North Carolina at Indiana: One of the non-conference's most intriguing games as UNC enters fresh off a Maui Invitational title while Indiana owns one of the season's best wins (Kansas) and worst losses (Fort Wayne).
Purdue at Louisville: After they couldn't hold on against Villanova at home, the Boilermakers would love to pick up a quality road win against Louisville's national-leading defense.
Virgina Tech at Michigan: Which Michigan team will show up? The one with dominant big men that looked so good in NYC, or the team that looked flat at South Carolina.
Saint Mary's at Stanford: The Gaels enter 5-0 with 3 wins against KenPom Top 100 opponents. A road win over their NoCal foes would help send a message to the committee that they're not your normal mid-major.
Ohio St at Virginia: The Cavs are coming off a dominant performance at the Emerald Coast Classic over Iowa and Providence, but face what may be their toughest stretch of non-conference season with OSU and West Virginia this week.