I Slept On It: Nebraska, Dayton, SEC Teams Grab Key Wins

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The Cornhuskers took out bid rival Indiana, while Dayton shocked Saint Louis.

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


Louisville (25-5, 14-3) knocked SMU (23-7, 12-5) out of the title hunt, as Russ Smith (26 points, six of six from three) and Montrezl Harrell (19 points) put on a show at Moody Coliseum. Shabazz Napier scored 26 for Connecticut (24-6, 12-5), which held off Rutgers (11-19, 5-12), 69-63, in Storrs.

Atlantic 10

Dayton (21-9, 8-6) will crash today's bracket after picking up a huge 72-67 victory at Saint Louis (25-5, 12-3). The Billikens still clinched the top seed in the upcoming A 10 Tournament thanks to St. Joseph's (21-8, 11-4) 76-71 loss at George Washington (22-7, 10-5). UMass (23-6, 10-5), meanwhile, just avoided becoming Duquesne's (12-16, 4-11) second high-profile upset victim in the span of a week. The Minutemen prevailed in Pittsburgh by a 78-74 score.


Duke's (23-7, 12-5) push for a No. 1 seed came to a screeching halt in Winston-Salem, where Wake Forest (16-14, 6-11) used a 19-6 run to close out an upset win over the Blue Devils.

Big 12

Kansas (23-7, 14-3) keeps rolling, as the Jayhawks crushed Texas Tech (13-17, 5-12), 82-57, in Lawrence. On the other hand, TCU (9-20, 0-17) gave Texas (22-8, 11-6) a battle before falling, 66-54. Meanwhile, Oklahoma (22-8, 11-6)
all but ended West Virginia's (16-14, 8-9) remaining hopes with a 72-62 win in Norman.

Big Ten

Nebraska (18-11, 10-7) will enter Thursday's bracket following an 80-70 win at fellow bubble team Indiana (17-13, 7-10). Walter Pitchford and Shavon Shields each scored 17 for the Huskers on the night. In the second game of the night, Wisconsin (25-5, 12-5) picked up its eighth win in a row by toppling Purdue (15-15, 5-12),

Mountain West

There will be a clash for the conference title in San Diego on Saturday night. First, New Mexico (24-5, 15-2) defeated Air Force (11-17, 5-12) handily, 80-52, in Albuquerque. Then, San Diego State (26-3, 15-2) used a strong late push to get UNLV (19-11, 10-7) at the Thomas & Mack, 73-64.


Colorado (21-9, 10-7) won the conference's bubble showdown of the night, picking up a huge 59-56 victory at Stanford (18-11, 9-8). The Cardinal are now a bit closer to the cut line, while the Buffaloes are just a bit safer than on Wednesday morning. California (18-12, 9-8), however, is in serious trouble, following a 63-59 home loss to Utah (20-9, 9-8). League champion Arizona (28-2, 15-2) prevailed at Oregon State (15-14, 7-10), but not without a real fight from the Beavers, who eventually fell by a 74-69 score.


For the most part it was a good night for the conference's bubble aspirants. Georgia (17-12, 11-6), the team furthest from the field but closest to a quarterfinal bye in Atlanta, routed Mississippi State (13-17, 3-14), 66-45. Tennessee (19-11, 10-7), the lone hopeful that had to go on the road, took the hammer to Auburn (13-15, 5-12) early before prevailing, 82-54. Arkansas (21-9, 10-7) absolutely obliterated Mississippi (17-13, 8-9), 110-80. However, Missouri (21-9, 9-8) barely got by Texas A&M (17-13, 8-9) after an ending that included a pair of controversial reviews, 57-56.


Big South Opening Round

Higher seeds won three of the four games in Myrtle Beach on Wednesday.

No. 4 (S) Winthrop (18-12, 11-6) eliminated No. 5 (N) Liberty (11-21, 5-12), 77-65, knocking 2013's champs out.
No. 3 (N) Radford (21-11, 11-6) prevailed over No. 6 (S) Presbyterian (6-26, 2-15), 78-73
No. 5 (S) Charleston Southern (13-17, 7-10) knocked out No. 4 (N) Campbell (12-20, 6-11), 81-71.
No. 3 (S) Gardner-Webb (18-14, 11-6) advanced over No. 6 (N) Longwood (8-24, 3-14), 61-46.

Patriot League Quarterfinals

Naturally, the four/five game saw the only "upset" of this round.

No. 1 Boston U. (23-9, 16-3) routed No. 9 Lafayette (11-20, 6-13), 91-54.
No. 5 Army (15-15, 11-8) slipped by host No. 4 Bucknell (16-14, 11-8), 72-71.
No. 3 Holy Cross (19-12, 11-6) held off visiting No. 6 Lehigh (14-18, 7-12), 54-48.
No. 2 American U. (18-12, 14-5) advanced by defeating No. 7 Colgate (13-18, 6-13), 59-50.

Northeast Quarterfinals

The three/six game provided the shock of the quarterfinals in the NEC on Wednesday.

No. 1 Robert Morris (20-12, 15-2) had a surprisingly difficult time with No. 8 Fairleigh Dickinson (10-21, 6-11), 60-53.
No. 4 Mount St. Mary's (14-16. 10-7) used an incredible late rally to top No. 5 St. Francis-Brooklyn (18-14, 9-8), 72-71.
No. 6 St. Francis, Pa. (10-20, 8-9) shocked host No. 3 Bryant (18-14, 10-7), 55-54.
No. 2 Wagner (19-11, 13-4) outclassed No. 7 Central Connecticut State (11-19, 7-10), 83-59.

Ohio Valley Opening Round

A pair of teams advanced to Thursday's quarterfinal round.

No. 5 Tennessee Tech (17-15, 10-7) made sure No. 8 SIU Edwardsville's (11-19, 7-9) postseason stay was short, 74-67.
No. 6 SE Missouri (18-13, 9-8) blasted No. 7 Eastern Illinois (11-19, 7-10), 79-61.

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