Just a typical late February weekday in the world of college basketball…
Implications begin to rise with each passing night. Who made the best of it? Who couldn’t take advantage?
Notre Dame (18-10, 7-8): They needed a win, they got a win, and they did it without their best player. Luke Harangody did not play, but the Fighting Irish got a win at home over No. 16 Pittsburgh, and in pretty convincing fashion, 68-53.
Cincinnati (16-11, 7-8): A loss to DePaul would have crippled them. They survived at home and for now stay afloat in a push for the NCAA Tournament.
Charlotte (19-8, 9-4): They need to make a statement down the stretch to get back in the NCAA Tournament discussion. A 37 point victory over St. Joseph’s is a start.
LSU (10-17, 1-12): They beat Arkansas at home, 65-54, and finally got their first SEC win.
Stony Brook (21-7, 13-2): They took care of Vermont to clinch the America East regular season title.
Texas (22-6, 8-5): The Longhorns won at home over Oklahoma State. Tonight they are winners, despite their recent struggles.
Virginia Tech (21-6, 8-5): They fell into the trap and couldn’t beat Boston College in Chestnut Hill. After their loss to Duke on Sunday, they ride a two-game losing streak and now prepare for a test with Maryland on Saturday.
San Diego State (20-8, 9-5): They had an opportunity to get a big win at BYU and couldn’t do it. They lost 82-68.
Arkansas (14-14, 7-6): They led the SEC West and handed LSU their first win in SEC play. This just goes to show how weak that side of the conference is.
Saint Louis (18-9, 9-4): They had Xavier at home and a real opportunity to put the pressure on the top of the Atlantic 10. They lost 73 to 71.
Wichita State (22-8, 11-6): They lost on the road at Bradley, their sixth loss in the MVC. They have to win the conference tournament if they want to dance.