Going to be teaching over at Fresno State for a week (of course, the Bulldogs are playing away). I will be in San Francisco the weekend of the 9th/10th and the Dons are playing. Anyone wanna come with?
Now, for the games:
Yikes! Virginia plays defense on #22 Miami and goes wild on offense. Cavaliers roll to a win, 76-56.
Yikes! Syracuse explodes for 30 in the first, and #12 Duke can’t recover. The Orange deliver a smack down, 86-50.
Yikes! Auburn says, “Notice me, I’m 11-1” with a victory over #7 Kentucky, 66-61.
Pittsburgh stuck with #3 Notre Dame through three – but the Irish pulled away in the fourth to give coach McGraw her 800th win.
My favorite story about Muffet McGraw comes from her husband, Matt, in regard to her landscaping. Virtually no plant is safe in the McGraws’ yard, because unless it’s rooted so deeply that it can’t be moved, it probably will be relocated.
The coach in her is always overriding the gardener. Are those flowers really lined up correctly? Shouldn’t that bush be about 10 inches farther to the right? Wouldn’t that fern look better in the backyard?
In other words, she’s always strategizing, constantly evaluating, looking to make everything just right.
#8 Mississippi State had Florida just where they wanted… until the Gators pushed back in the fourth. Wasn’t enough, though, and the Bulldogs earn their 9th straight win.
Keeping an eye on Utah and what coach Lynne Roberts is trying to do. So far, so good. The Utes beat Washington State, 73-71.
#2 South Carolina wins, but lose a point guard to Canada.
Baylor regains its point guard (10 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds),
Yes, it was against Hartford, but watch out – Florida Gulf Coast looks likes they’re getting their groove back.
Hello, William & Mary! They knock off perennial power James Madison in OT, 65-59.
Welp: Virginia Tech trampled all over Boston College, 58-33.
It wasn’t Banham but Wagner who powered the Gophers over Penn State.
Yup, gotta love the WCC: St. Mary’s (11-4) takes down San Diego (12-2), 73-68. Gonzaga (12-4) takes down Santa Clara (12-3), 53-44.
Colorado State got a tussle from Boise State, but the Rams move to 11-1 with a 68-64 win.
Dang, Sacramento State knows how to score.
If I’ve got my eye on you, Abilene Christian, I’m sure the rest of the Southland is. Wildcats over the Sugar Bears, 61-49.
Fresh of their upset win over Baylor, Oklahoma State goes down to Iowa State, 49-42.
WHB Jinx: Western Kentucky stomps Marshall, 81-52.
WHB jinx #2: Bucknell rolls over Army, 79-69.
No WHB Jinx UNC Asheville is 4-0 in the Big South.
#21 UCLA is enjoying playing undefeateds: The Ducks go down, 80-69.
#20 South Florida squeaks a win out over (I repeat myself) the improving East Carolina Pirates, 61-59.
Iona looking good in the MAAC.
Inelegant, but a win: #17 Arizona State over #19 Cal, 57-49.
Equally inelegant, but a win for #11 Stanford over Arizona, 59-34.
Is USC-West’s weak OOC schedule being exposed? #10 Oregon State tops them, 57-49.
#9 Ohio State ruined the Terps’ party, 80-71.
“As I told my players, if you legitimately want to compete for a Big Ten championship the road goes through Maryland, with all the success that they’ve had,” Ohio State coach Kevin McGuff said.
“We’re excited, but we can’t get too high on this one. Maryland is historically a team that always gets better throughout the year, and that’s why they’ve been in Final Fours.”
That’s 13-0 for the #5 Longhorns. Baylor’s up on the 17th, but they have to get through Iowa State and Oklahoma State.