Sunday’s Den: Wrapping up a basketball Saturday…….

Only 17 days until the first conference tournament starts.
Four weeks until Selection Sunday

Kentucky (+8.5) 70, Auburn 59
Wildcats held Auburn to 30.9% from the floor.
Auburn’s first loss at home this season.
Antonio Reeves took 20 shots, had one assist; his job is to shoot.

LSU 64, South Carolina 63
Tigers had lost six of last seven games coming in.
Carolina led 41-25 early in second half.

Alabama leads Tennessee by a game atop SEC standings.
Bracketology has SEC with nine teams in NCAA’s right now.

Washington State 72, Stanford 59
Coogs are very quietly 20-6; they’ve won seven games in a row.
Wazzu has #20 eFG% defense in country.
Coogs had great balance; four guys had between 13-15 points.

Colorado 92, USC 89, 2OT
Buffs overcame being minus-12 (21-9) in turnovers.
USC led 65-49 in second half.
Colorado shot 56.4% inside the arc.

Arizona leads Washington State by half a game, Oregon/UCLA by 2 games.
Bracketology has the Pac-12 as a 3-bid conference.

NC State 78, Clemson 77
Clemson led by 12 with 10:19 left in game.
Tigers’ last three losses were all by one point.

Virginia 49, Wake Forest 47
Cavaliers somehow won, despite going 1-11 on foul line.
Virginia has won nine of its last ten games.
Bracketology has Wake Forest as first team out of the field of 68.

North Carolina, Duke are tied for first; Virginia is a game behind.
Bracketology has the ACC as a 4-bid league.

Cleveland State 81, Youngstown State 73
Vikings shot 66.7% inside arc, were +8 in turnovers (18-10)
Youngstown led by 6 with 12:37 left in game.

Wright State 101, Robert Morris 71
Wright State has won six of its last eight games.
Raiders have the #2 eFG% in the country.

Oakland/Green Bay are tied in loss column atop the Horizon.
This is a one-bid league; their conference tournament will be fun to watch.

Big East
UConn 81, Marquette 53
Huskies have won 14 games in a row (9-4 ATS in last 13)
UConn had 18 offensive rebounds; Eagles had 17 defensive boards.

Creighton 79, Butler 57
Creighton shot 65.7% inside the arc.
Bluejays outscored Butler 45-22 in second half.
Creighton was 9-10 on foul line, Butler 3-3. For the whole game.

UConn has three-game lead over Marquette, four games over Creighton.
Bracketology has four Big East teams in the Field of 68.

Big 12
TCU 75, Kansas State 72
Jameer Nelson hit a 3-pointer with 0:01.1 left for the win.
K-State shot 66.7% inside arc, 1-15 on arc, 25-29 on foul line.
Wildcats led by 8 with 12:30 left in the game. 

Kansas 67, Oklahoma 57
Dickinson had 20 points, 16 rebounds for Kansas.
Jayhawks snap a 4-game road losing streak.
Oklahoma led 34-29 at halftime.

Houston/Iowa State are tied for 1st; Baylor is a game behind.
Bracketology has Big X with nine teams in NCAA’s right now.

Upsets of the Day:
Hampton (+11.5) 67, Towson 61
Elon (+11.5) 73, NC-Wilmington 72
Mercer (+10.5) 88, Samford 84
Abilene Christian (+9.5) 63, SF Austin 62
Kentucky (+8.5) 70, Auburn 59
NC State (+7.5) 78, Clemson 77
California (+7.5) 82, Washington 80
LaSalle (+6.5) 82, UMass 81
Northern Colorado (+6.5) 80, Sacramento State 75
Eastern Michigan (+6.5) 69, Bowling Green 60
LSU (+6.5) 64, South Carolina 63

Word of the Day: Tenuous- uncertain, flimsy, likely to change.

Wake Forest’s 49-47 loss Saturday makes their status as an NCAA Tournament team very, very tenuous.

Atlantic 15
St Bonaventure 81, Davidson 80 OT
Bonnies were 23-30 on foul line, Davidson 13-18.
Davidson is 12-18 in A-15 since Bob McKillop retired; his son took over.
Wildcats are 0-3 in overtime games this season.

LaSalle 82, UMass 81
LaSalle led 71-53 with 10:22 left in game, then held on.
Explorers had lost 9 of last 10 games coming into this game.

Dayton, Richmond, Loyola are all tied for 1st in loss column; VCU is a game behind.
Bracketology has the A-15 as a one-bid league, for 2nd year in a row.

Missouri Valley
Southern Illinois 74, Indiana State 69
Indiana State led by 13 in first half.
Teams combined to shoot 13-52 on the arc.
Sycamores lost last two games, after a 22-3 start.

Indiana State/Drake are now tied for first, two games ahead of Bradley.

Southern Conference
Mercer 88, Samford 84
Samford had won 23 of its last 24 games, before this game.
Samford was 28-36 on foul line; Mercer shot 62.5% inside arc.

Samford leads Chattanooga by a game in SoCon standings.

Ivy League
Princeton 73, Yale 62
Tigers avenged an earlier loss to Yale, hand Bulldogs their first Ivy loss.
Princeton shot 65.5% inside the arc.

Yale/Cornell are now tied for first, with Princeton a game behind.
Harvard/Columbia are tied for 4th; Ivy League tournament has only 4 teams in it.

Mountain West
Colorado State 75, Utah State 55
Rams out-rebounded Utah State, 45-32.
Aggies are 2-3 in last five games, after a 19-2 start.

Nevada 69, UNLV 66
Wolf Pack out-rebounded UNLV, 41-20
Rebels led by 7 with 3:45 left in the game.

San Diego State, Utah State, Boise State are all tied for first.
7 of the 11 teams in the Mountain West have either 4 or 5 MW losses.
Bracketology has this league with six teams (6!!!) in the NCAA’s.

Ohio Valley
UT-Martin 88, Morehead State 82
Junior G Sears scored 31 points, he played all 40:00.
Morehead loses second game in a row, after a 20-5 start.
UTM outscored Morehead 7-0 over final 1:38 of the game.

Western Illinois 68, Tennessee State 61
Leathernecks are 10-4 in OVC; their last winning conference season was 2013.
This is also their first season in the OVC; Summit League is a better league.
Tennessee State shot only 33.3% from the floor. 

Morehead State leads three teams by a game: (Little Rock, UT-Martin, WIU).

Author: Armadillo Sports

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