College Hoops Go-Round: February 2

The big news on Monday broke off the court, where talk about NCAA Tournament expansion heated up considerably, thanks to a Sports Business Journal report.

As you'd expect, I have pretty strong feelings about this. You can read those, along with my sensible proposal for a 96-team field over at SB Nation.

On the court, there was quite a bit of action, particularly among the mid-majors.

In the Big East two teams who sit on the bubble, but would probably make it in an expanded field met at Freedom Hall. That's where Louisville boosted their resume by damaging Connecticut's. The Cardinals claimed a 82-69 win over the Huskies at Freedom Hall.

No. 9 Texas recovered from Saturday's loss at home to Baylor by picking up a key Big 12 road win. The Longhorns pulled away from Oklahoma State to claim a 72-60 win.

Belmont handed ETSU their fifth conference loss, 74-67. The Bruins and Bucs both now sit two games back of leader Jacksonville in the loss column in the A-Sun race. Lipscomb, however, is the only team to be a game back, as they beat Campbell, 60-59.

Iona topped Canisius, 72-53, to remain three games behind Siena in the MAAC race.

Kent State sits alone atop the MAC East after Monday. The Golden Flashes blew out Northern Illinois76-46, while Akron fell at home to Eastern Michigan, 62-59. Western Michigan and Buffalo both sit at 4-4. The Broncos beat the Bulls on their home court, 85-70.

Morgan State won their second MEAC game in as many nights to move to 8-0. The Bears won 74-65 at North Carolina A&T. Wouldn't it be neat if both they and Murray State were unbeaten in their respective leagues when they meet in a BracketBuster game on February 20. Second place Delaware State moved to 6-2 with a 54-45 home win over Howard. Bethune-Cookman and South Carolina State are tied for third. The Wildcats defeated Winston-Salem State, 74-48, while the Bulldogs topped Florida A&M, 77-62

Jackson State remains in the top spot in the SWAC. The Tigers picked up a 72-67 win at Arkansas-Pine Bluff, moving the Lions into a tie for third. Texas Southern remains in second, a game back, after a 67-62 win at Alabama A&M. Prairie View joined UAPB at 6-3 in the conference by knocking Alabama State down to that same record. The Panthers topped the Hornets, 56-55.

Finally, in one of the more embarassing losses suffered by a Division I team this season, Appalachian State lost at home to King College, 87-76. The Tennessee school is transitioning into Division II.

If you don't see your team's score, click any of the score links. You'll find a rundown of all of the night's scores on the right side of the page.

For more on Monday's action, visit SB Nation and Searching for Billy Edelin.

After the jump, I'll take a look at what's ahead for Tuesday.

Here's a look at the key matchups from a bracket persepective for February 2nd.

No. 25 Ole Miss at No. 3 Kentucky, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN): The Rebels were upset by Arkansas at home on Sunday night, and they'll probably be the owners of a two-game losing streak after their trip to Lexington.

Miami at Wake Forest, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2): The Hurricanes will try to build on their big home win over Virginia Tech, but the Demon Deacons will be tough to top at home. Plus, they'll be looking for revenge after their close loss in Miami a few weeks back.

Seton Hall at No. 2 Villanova, 7 p.m. ET (ESPNU): The Pirates made it into my bracket this past week, but a win in Philly would be a major boost for their long term prospects.

Michigan at Northwestern, 7 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network): This game starts a stretch of five winnable contests for the Wildcats, who look to sweep the Wolverines.

Providence at No. 4 Syracuse, 7 p.m. ET (Big East Network/Full Court): The Orange will hope the 2-3 zone can shut down the Friars' potent offense.

No. 5 Michigan State at No. 16 Wisconsin, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN): The Badgers dropped a seven-point decision to the Spartans in East Lansing in a true slugfest. However, they'll have to try to grab a home win against MSU without the services of Jon Leuer.

You have still other TV options for Tuesday night.

St. John's at Rutgers, 7:30 p.m. ET (Big East Network/Full Court)
No. 10 Kansas State at Nebraska, 8 p.m. ET (Big 12 Network/Full Court)
Northeastern at Delaware, 9 p.m. ET (ESPNU)
TCU at No. 12 BYU, 9 p.m. ET (the mtn.)
Air Force at San Diego State, 10 p.m. ET (CBS College)

For information about games that will only be telecast regionally, like Towson at Drexel, visit Matt Sarz' College Sports on TV site.

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