"I Slept On It" is Blogging the Bracket's nearly daily roundup of the previous night's college basketball action, with a bracketology focus.American
Louisville (21-4, 10-2) remains a game behind Cincinnati in the AAC race after obliterating Rutgers (10-16, 4-9), 102-54. Luke Hancock's 25 led the hosts, who led by 19 at halftime, before going on a 26-3 run in the first six-plus minutes of the second half. On the flip side, SMU (20-6, 9-4) crashed at Temple (7-17, 2-10), 71-64. That means the Mustangs are now three games out of first (in the loss column), and they'll likely crash out of the rankings on Monday.
In a game with no tourney implications, Notre Dame (14-12, 5-8) won at Boston College (6-19, 2-10), 73-69, to earn a season sweep.
It seems like Creighton (21-4, 11-2) may not be the best matchup out there for Villanova (22-3, 10-2). The Bluejays again were lights out against the Wildcats on Sunday, as they picked up a 101-80 victory. Creighton shot better than 64 percent from the field, 60 percent from three (on far fewer attempts than in Philadelphia), and an astounding 92 percent from the foul line. Doug McDermott scored 39 for the Bluejays, a sum which pushed his career total past Larry Bird on the all-time NCAA scoring list.
St. John's (17-9, 7-6) picked up a huge 82-60 bubble win over Georgetown (15-10, 6-7), thanks to 48 combined points from D'Angelo Harrison and Rysheed Jordan. Since starting Big East play with a five-game losing streak, the Red Storm have won seven of eight.
Frank Kaminsky scored 25 for Wisconsin (21-5, 8-5) in its 75-62 win at Michigan (18-7, 10-3). The Badgers opened up impressively, holding the Wolverines to 19 in the first half, before pulling away again late. There's still a tie at the top of the conference, however, as Nebraska (14-10, 6-6) -- paced by 23 from Terran Petteway, upset Michigan State (21-5, 10-3) in East Lansing.
On the bubble, Minnesota (17-9, 6-7) will remain in Tuesday's projection after a hard fought 54-48 victory at Northwestern (12-14, 5-8). The Wildcats have lost three straight since somewhat inexplicably winning in Madison and MInneapolis.
Oregon State (13-11, 5-7) was unable to complete a season sweep of Oregon (16-8, 4-8). Joseph Young's 25-point afternoon pushed the Ducks, still on the wrong side of the cut line, past the Beavers in Eugene.
Colorado (19-7, 8-5), meanwhile, earned a Los Angeles split, rolling at USC (10-15, 1-11), 83-74. Five Buffaloes hit double-figures on the night, led by Xavier Johnson's 20-point effort.
Finally, Wichita State (27-0, 14-0) keeps rolling. The Shockers took care of Evansville (11-16, 4-10) on the road today, thanks to 26 from Rob Baker and 18 from Fred VanVleet.
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