Okay, now down to business.
UPSET–No. 11 Texas 72, No. 3 Kansas 69
This was one of those games with results not all that surprising—you could really sense that Texas was due for a win like this.
I believe the loss doesn’t hurt Kansas in terms of seeding, only helps UT to secure a five seed (at worst) come March. To me, Texas is on a collision course with a three seed, though. I think Damion James making two free throws (he’s barely above 50 percent this season) is what lifted the Longhorns to the win.
If you missed the game you, missed the kind of high-octane, balanced basketball you never get to see from the likes of the Big Ten.
No. 8 Georgetown 55, Villanova 53
Sean McDonough was dead on when he (to paraphrase) declared the ending call of this game a travesty. I think we all wanted an encore for this one.
But forget the call; let’s look deeper. This game was exactly the kind Villanova wanted to play, yet G’Town gets the win on the road. Few teams can adapt to an opponent’s play like the Hoyas can.
The Wildcats should’ve put together some sort of run (which they’ve failed to do in the past three weeks) to finish off the game.
But no, there’s a bad foul call before overtime and Jonathan Wallace drains two freebies. Georgetown escapes yet another game this year.
Villanova may now be unable to recover from the dramatic fall they’ve suffered.
No. 25 Saint Mary’s 54, Santa Clara 50
I thought the Gaels would take care of business here, but eventually they acquiesced to a style of play out of their genre.
All it took was a 12-foot fadeaway from Santa Clara to tie this one, but still it wasn’t to be.
Question: How will Saint Mary’s be rewarded if Drake (whose only loss came to SMC) enters the Tournament with only, say, two losses? Anything less than an eight seed would probably be a crime.
Nevada 85, Utah State 80
After this loss, the Aggies are not likely to make their way to the selection committee’s set list for March.