I Slept On It: St. Joe's, Xavier, And Minnesota Grab Key Wins

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The Hawks, Musketeers, and Golden Gophers all picked up helpful victories for their selection cases on Tuesday night, while Florida clinched a share of its conference crown and Wichita State put itself one step closer to perfection.

"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.

Atlantic 10

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.

Big 12

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.

Big East

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.

Big Ten

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.

Mountain West

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.

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