Wednesday night went mostly as scripted. The home teams won the two big ranked battles, with Purdue quickly making Badger fans forget the Ohio State game and Connecticut cooling off red-hot Georgetown. The current result is Purdue getting a leg-up for a 3 seed over Wisconsin and Connecticut stopping their seed free-fall that had them at #1 just a few weeks ago.
The top teams in Conference USA faced off and both of these match-ups went to the home side. Memphis completed a season sweep of UAB and Southern Mississippi put a wrench in UTEP's regular season title hopes. I think this will end up a 2 bid league, but your guess is as good as mine who will join Memphis in the dance.
Did St. Mary's ruin their at-large chances? If the Gaels lose at home to Utah State this weekend in Bracket Busters, it might be best to win the West Coast Conference Tourney. Plus, Gonzaga is going to be gunning for them in the regular season finale as well.
Georgia blew a big lead at home to Vanderbilt and inched closer to the bubble. With tough games remaining, the Bulldogs cannot afford a tailspin.
Cincinnati got a huge win to keep from falling into major bubble trouble. It was not surprising based on how the Big East has just beaten each other up this year.
Finally, Michigan, Oklahoma State and Valparaiso took further hits to their at-large chances, although none were unexpected.
Thursday's Lighter Menu
Richmond at Temple - a chance for the Spiders to get more comfortable
Washington State at Arizona - the Cougars try to make a late run and need a signature win like this
DePaul at Providence - just to prove how light tonight's schedule is