News, Notes, and Highlighted Games: Sunday, Feb 25th



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-After playing what was perhaps the singular most impressive game of the season with their decisive win at Xavier and appearing to be in the driver’s seat for a first place finish and a #1 seed, Villanova fell at Creighton.  For the Bluejays it was a much needed win that pulled them out of a bit of a slump.  For Villanova it shouldn’t hurt them that much, especially when you consider that winning the conference tournament will still land them as one of the top 2 teams on the #1 line, but it did expose them a bit.

-Kansas got another hugely impressive road win at Texas Tech yesterday.  It was the third straight loss for Texas Tech and has been battling injuries, but will still be a dangerous team if they can get healthy before March.

-Florida got a much needed win at home against Auburn.  They weren’t in any danger of missing the dance, but this does polish up their resume.

-Arizona has had an interesting week.  We’ll detail some of that in a later post and/or podcast, but for now they lost on the road at Oregon.  They actually played really well for the first thirty minutes or so, but fell apart down the stretch.

-Marquette is on the bubble.  Marquette did not need to lose to a non-tournament team.  Marquette lost at DePaul.  Marquette did not need that.

-TCU got a real nice win and has won three straight.  They have a very solid resume and are now a virtual lock.

-Louisville desperately needed a good win, and they got one yesterday.  They’re still outside our bubble, but are infinitely closer after a road win at Virginia Tech.


-TULSA AT CINCINNATI (American).  Cincinnati is in good shape, but it looks like they need one more big win to secure a protected seed.  If they hold serve and pick up a win against either Wichita State next week or against Houston in the conference tournament then they should get it.

-EAST CAROLINA AT HOUSTON (American).  Houston is coming off a somewhat surprising loss against Houston, and should be able to bounce back today.  If they can’t, then they’re in real trouble.

-MICHIGAN STATE AT WISCONSIN (Big Ten).  Michigan will likely get a #1 seed if they win out through the Big Ten Tournament.

-MINNESOTA AT PURDUE (Big Ten).  Purdue is a virtual lock for a protected seed and should skate into it if they’re able to hold serve.

-COLORADO STATE AT NEVADA (Mountain West).  Nevada has been playing really well and should cruise into the top half of the NCAA Tournament bracket if they’re able to hold serve.

-UCLA AT COLORADO (Pac Twelve).  UCLA is right on the bubble and every game has a pivotal feel.  This is a road game, but it’s against a Colorado team that is nowhere near making the field, so a loss would really hurt UCLA.

-PENN STATE AT NEBRASKA (Big Ten).  Both teams are outside the bubble, but a win today and a strong showing in the Big Ten Tournament could be enough to get one of these teams in.

-FLORIDA STATE AT NC STATE (ACC).  Both teams are in our field, but both have room for improvement.  This is a resume building game and will look good for whichever team pulls it off.

-NORTHERN KENTUCKY AT IUPUI (Horizon League).  Northern Kentucky will clinch first place with a win today.

-FURMAN AT EAST TENNESSEE STATE (SoCon).  East Tennessee State is tied with UNC Greensboro in the standings and can get at least a share of it with a win today.


-IONA AT RIDER (Metro Atlantic).  Rider is tied with Canisius in the conference standings, but won both meetings during the season and owns the tiebreaker.

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