As Connecticut stumbled yet again on Tuesday night, fellow Big East bubble-team West Virginia was able to avoid a similarly devastating loss.
While UConn suffered a brutal 72-70 at the hands of Providence—the league’s second-to-last-place team—WVU dominated against last-place DePaul, winning 92-75. With the victory, the Mountaineers snapped a four-game home losing streak which was capped by a tough loss to Marquette last Friday.
Meanwhile, Xavier was also fighting to improve their position on the NCAA Tournament bubble Tuesday night. However, it faced a bigger challenge than West Virginia. The Musketeers lost at Saint Louis—the second-place team in the Atlantic 10—by a final of 70-59. It was Xavier’s second loss to SLU this season.
Where do the Mountaineers and Musketeers now stand in the tourney picture after their most recent games? Here’s a look at each, with records and rankings listed below.
West Virginia: 18-12, 8-9 Big East; RPI: 50, SOS: 10
Xavier: 18-11, 9-6 A-10; RPI: 54, SOS: 51
Notable common opponents: Cincinnati (both beat), Oral Roberts (WVU beat, Xavier lost to)
RPI/SOS information from realtimerpi.com, updated Feb. 28
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