"I Slept On It" is Blogging the Bracket's nearly daily roundup of the previous night's college basketball action, with a bracketology focus.
While Duke (23-6, 12-4) steamrolled Virginia Tech (9-18, 2-13) at Cameron Indoor to move ever closer to a potential No. 2 seed in the bracket, Clemson's (17-10, 8-7) at-large hopes took a serious hit, as the Tigers became Wake Forest's (15-13, 5-10) first victim in eight games. The Demon Deacons prevailed 62-57 in Winston-Salem in no small part due to the Tigers' failings from the foul line, where they only managed to connect on five of 13 attempts.
In a crucial bubble battle, St. Joseph's (20-7, 10-3) scored the first eight points at Hagan Arena and continued to press Dayton (19-9, 7-6) all night long, prevailing 79-53. That's the Hawks' second win of the season over the Flyers in as many attempts. At this point, Dayton may need to win all three of its remaining games -- UMass and Richmond at home and Saint Louis away -- to sneak into the field, barring an A 10 tourney title, of course.
Kansas State (19-9, 9-6) snapped a six-game road losing streak by slipping past Texas Tech (13-15, 5-10), 60-56. While the Wildcats avoided a potentially devastating loss, the Red Raiders have dropped four straight after shocking Oklahoma State and Oklahoma to get within a game of .500 in the Big 12 back in mid-February.
Xavier (19-9, 9-6) joined St. Joe's as the night's big bubble winner. The Musketeers picked up a convincing 65-53 win at St. John's (18-11, 8-8), thanks to a 17-point, 16-rebound effort from Jalen Reynolds.
Wait. You can add one more name to that list of bubble winners. Minnesota (18-11, 7-9) won a 95-89 thriller against Iowa (19-8, 8-6) at the Barn (though I didn't get to see the final few minutes, thanks to a torrential downpour in New Orleans that ruined satellite reception at precisely the wrong moment). Austin Hollins scored a career-high 27 to lead the Gophers, while Roy Devyn Marble netted 24 for the Hawkeyes.
In the Big Ten nightcap, Indiana (15-12, 5-9) looked to be in control in Madison at the half, up by 10, but Wisconsin (23-5, 10-5) outscored the Hoosiers by 21 in the second half to prevail, 69-58. All five Badger starters managed more than 10 points on the night, while Yogi Ferrell's 24-point haul was not enough for the struggling Hoosiers.
The conference's two leaders prevailed on Tuesday, but not in quite the same fashion. Utah State (15-13, 5-11) actually led New Mexico (22-5, 13-2) at the half before succumbing to the Lobos by a 67-58 score. Meanwhile, San Diego State (24-3, 13-2) moved quickly to ensure that San Jose State (7-20, 1-14) didn't pick up a second Mountain West victory in a row. The Aztecs opened up a 44-30 halftime lead on their way to a 90-64 final decision.
Dorian Finney-Smith and Patric Young combined for 31 of Florida's (26-2, 15-0) 57 points in the Gators' three-point win over Vanderbilt (15-12, 7-8) that clinched a share of the team's second consecutive SEC title. The Commodores could have sent the game to overtime, but Kyle Fuller's attempt at a game-tying three fell short with four seconds to go.
Georgia (16-11, 10-5) continues to be the poster child for #SECBasketballFever. The Bulldogs, who struggled mightily in November and December currently sit all alone in third place -- with little shot at an at-large -- after they completed a season sweep of Missouri (19-9, 7-8) by hammering the Tigers by 15 in Athens. Much like a pair of defeats to Texas A&M stain Tennessee's profile, the Selection Committee will have a difficult time overlooking Mizzou's failings against UGA on Selection Weekend.
Finally, Wichita State (30-0, 17-0) is one win away from a perfect regular season. The Shockers won their final road game of the season fairly handily, taking out Bradley (12-18, 7-10) by a 69-49 count in Peoria.