Thursday, January 12, 2006

Recap of Wednesday's Big Games

WF-Clemson
Clemson really needed a decent win to get back on track after losing to Elon. This keeps their bubble hopes alive, whereas a loss would have been their 4th in 5 games.

Duke-Maryland
Maryland had beaten Duke 3 straight times, but got shelled at Cameron. This shows that no team is close to Duke right now.

Charlotte-La Salle
If the A-10 gets 3 teams into the tournament then this game will have a big bearing on which team that is. Charlotte beat La Salle and has looked impressive during conference play.

Villanova-Rutgers
Villanova showed great resolve in rebounding from their home loss and from losing for most of the game at the RAC.

Indiana-Michigan St.
In their first game after learning that DJ White would probably miss the rest of the year, Indiana got crushed by a desperate Michigan St. team who had lost their last 2 games to Wisconsin and Illinois. Indiana will be dancing, but how they play now that White is gone will determine their seed and how far they go in March.

Kansas-Colorado
Kansas continues to grow, while Colorado is playing themselves right out of the bracket.
Kansas might be a sleeper come tourney time.

Texas A&M-OK St.
A&M is still looking for their first road win, but they were in control for most of this game. They will be on the bubble right up until Selection Sunday.

Houston-Rice
In a league that has only one sure NCAA tournament team and plenty of garbage teams, Houston needs as many wins as it can get. They should have beaten Rice easily, but this loss sets them back almost as much as the Arizona win set them forward.

Iona-St. Peter’s
Iona was on the ropes at halftime being down by 13 and letting up 45 points. But they came out on fire in the second half scoring 51 and turning up the defense to win by 8. A loss would have probably ended any at-large chance that they might have had, but they kept that chance alive.

Creighton-N. Iowa
Creighton got a huge road win against one of the best MVC teams. Creighton still has work to do, but this is a big step toward the dance.

LSU-Arkansas
In a league that is so similar, Arkansas couldn’t afford to lose at hope to another bubble team but they did and are probably headed to the NIT.

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