I Slept On It: Pitt In Real Danger

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The Panthers dropped a home game to N.C. State, a result that moves them ever closer to the cut line. Meanwhile, Oklahoma State grabbed another big win and UNC survived.

"I Slept On It" is Blogging the Bracket's nearly daily roundup of the previous night's college basketball action, with a bracketology focus.


North Carolina (23-7, 13-4) won its 12th straight, holding off Notre Dame (15-16, 6-12) after a frenetic finish to a game that felt paused for about five minutes in the second half. The Tar Heels looked to have the game in hand at halftime, thanks to a 14-point lead, but a 17-3 Irish run to start the second half brought the teams even. Notre Dame's Pat Connaughton scored 17 and grabbed rebounds in a losing effort, while Eric Atkins led all scorers with 21. James Michael McAdoo led the victorious Heels with 14 and nine boards.

In the nightcap, Pittsburgh (22-8, 10-7) is now very much on the bubble, following a 74-67 collapse at home against N.C. State (17-12, 7-9), a team that desperately needed the win for its own hopes. The Wolfpack's T.J. Warren scored 41, a new scoring record for the Petersen Event Center. Pitt still has just a single Top 50 win and an unimpressive 5-8 mark against the Top 100. Really, only a lack of bad losses keeps the Panthers in the picture.

Big 12

Oklahoma State (20-10, 8-9) grabbed its 20th win and moved closer to safety by handling Kansas State (20-10, 10-7) in Stillwater by a 77-61 score. Phil Forte III led the Cowboys with 23, while Marcus Smart scored 18 in what was likely his final game a Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Big East

Seton Hall (15-15, 6-11), which previously beat Georgetown for a second time, now has a pair of season sweeps to its name. The Pirates took out Xavier (20-10, 10-7) days after the Musketeers appeared to have locked up a bid by defeating Creighton. Making matters worse for the Musketeers, center Matt Stainbrook left the game early with a knee injury.


N.C. Central (24-5, 14-1) are the MEAC regular-season champions and a serious threat to make a two or three seed sweat should they cut down the nets in Norfolk. The Eagles defeated Savannah St. Tigers (11-18, 9-6) 64-57 after overtime in Durham.

The Patriot League Tournament opened with a pair of Opening Round games. No. 7 seed Colgate advanced to a game at American on Wednesday with a 57-51 win over No. 10 Navy. Meanwhile, top seed Boston U. will host ninth-seeded Lafayette, who handled eight seed Loyola, Md., 84-71. That game is also on Wednesday night.

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