Around the Top 25: Thursday’s Results

Matt NorlanderAnalyst IFebruary 22, 2008

Snowed in. That’s just fine.

–No. 6 UCLA 84, Oregon State 49. Ladies and gentlemen, the worst team in all of major divisional college basketball. I still would put UCLA as a 2 seed if it all started today.

–No. 10 Xavier 75, Duquesne 48. Stanley Burrell had a season-high 12 assists helping in the rout. Muskies get to really land a blow to Dayton’s March chances on Sunday in Dayton.

–No. 17 Washington State 59, Arizona State 47. ASU had plenty of chances, but they couldn’t hit the house if they were standing in the driveway. Herb Sendek looked like a defeated man by the end of this one.

–No. 21 Notre Dame 82, Pittsburgh 70. Notre Dame is clearly the better team. Pitt had the halftime lead, but they totally took their foot off of the gas in the second half, allowing the Irish to take advantage. For those of you keeping score, Pitt has now lost four of its last seven games. ‘Gody goes for 23 and 12 (man, we are just getting used to those kinds of double-doubles in CBB these days) and the Irish, to me, are one of the biggest sustained surprises of this season.


Massachusetts 98, Rhode Island 91. Back-and-forth nature of this game, with it being so high scoring, was exactly what you would have expected. Kaheim Seawright of URI committed an intentional foul (iffy call, but probably the right one) that really allowed UMass to get some separation at the end of the second half. M’Men now have the edge for the at-large and Rhode Island faces a must-win situation against St. Joe’s on Sunday. URI’s Will Daniels is a stud.

La Salle81, Dayton 78. WHAT has gotten into 12-13 La Salle? Dayton takes a huge blow to their at-large chances with this loss. The Flyers are now 5-7 in the A-10 and have created a fantastic bubble conundrum. They hafta beat Xavier at home on Sunday.

South Alabama 69, Western Kentucky 64. I actually caught this game! Yeah, for whatever reason my cable package gets all of the Fox Sports Net affiliates, and FSN South was broadcasting this game, much to my delight. USA looked pretty poised on the road. If they win out, then lose to WKU in the conference title game, I’d have a hard time leaving them out. (Though they probably would be omitted by the committee.)

Southern California 81, Oregon 75. The Ducks have more bad losses than quality wins at this point and I can’t seem them playing their way into The Tournament. What a game for Mayo, who went for 32.  Most of them came during USC’s run to get the lead (they trailed by double-digits for a large portion of the first half). If there was any doubt about Mayo going on to the NBA after this year, this game nullified it.

Washington 75, Arizona 66. The Pac-10 continues to chew out its own stomach. WTF? Although, it is true that Bank of America Arena (sounds intimidating, I know) is one of the harder venues to come out with a win at. If Arizona somehow plays their way into a 5 seed, you’d have to consider the trendy upset they’re paired with.