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I Slept On It: Clemson And LSU Need Auto Bids

Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Ohio State, and Temple saw their cases take on more damage on Tuesday night, while Texas Tech, Tulsa, and Vanderbilt improved their positions.

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Clemson's (16-12, 9-7) bubble popped at Georgia Tech (16-12, 6-9) 75-73. And the Yellow Jackets might be a couple of wins away from being able to make a case of their own, though having to win at Louisville at against Pittsburgh in Atlanta might be a bit much to ask.

Virginia Tech (15-13, 7-8) routed Boston College (7-21, 0-15) in Chestnut Hill 71-56 to keep the Eagles winless in ACC play.

Big 12

No. 2 Kansas (24-4, 12-3) continues to glide effortlessly toward the Big 12 title. The Jayhawks held off No. 19 Baylor (20-8, 9-6) 66-60 to move one win away from clinching at least a tie for the crown. Frank Mason III scored 19 for KU, remaining in the contest late despite picking up what appeared to be a head injury, while Al Freeman poured in 17 for the Bears.

For the first time as a Big 12 member, Texas Tech (18-9, 8-7) has won five straight conference games. But it wasn't easy in Lubbock, as the Red Raiders defeated TCU (11-16, 2-12) 83-79. While the Horned Frogs' Chauncey Collins scored 29 to lead everyone, Tech had two players hit career highs—Zach Smith with 23 and Aaron Ross with 25 off the bench.

Big Ten

Ohio State's (18-11, 10-6) late push for a bid began in the worst possible fashion, as No. 6 Michigan State (23-5, 10-5) hammered the Buckeyes in Columbus 81-62. Bryn Forbes was Sparty's star of the night, netting 27, hitting seven threes. Thus, OSU's Sunday home finale with Iowa looms even larger in both the bubble race (a virtual elimination game for Ohio State) and Big Ten title race (a needed win for the Hawkeyes).

Rutgers (6-22, 0-15) was blown out at Minnesota (8-19, 2-13) 83-61, meaning their imperfect Big Ten season remains on course. It's still difficult to believe the Scarlet Knights' last conference win came against a Wisconsin team that earned a one seed and played for the national championship.


At this point, it's beyond safe to say the LSU Tigers' (16-12, 9-6) will only make the NCAAs by winning the SEC Tournament in Nashville. The Bayou Bengals dropped their second game in a row to a team from outside of the RPI Top 100, following Saturday's loss at Tennessee with an 85-65 blowout at Arkansas (14-14, 7-8). Ben Simmons fouled out, but still scored 23 on the night, while Moses Kingsley led the Razorbacks with 21.

Alabama (16-11, 7-8) got 29 from Retin Obasohan and 24 from everyone else, which didn't get it done at Rupp Arena, where No. 16 Kentucky (21-7, 11-4) rolled to a 78-53 win. Jamal Murray led the Wildcats with 23. While a win in Lexington would have been a huge boost to the Crimson Tide's hopes, losing didn't knock them out.

Florida (17-11, 8-7) has dropped two in a row and its last two home games, as Vanderbilt (17-11, 9-6) completed a season sweep with an 87-74 victory in Gainesville. The game featured this ridiculous Josh Henderson halftime buzzer-beater that pretty much defined the night for both teams.

Ole Miss (18-10, 8-7) continues to remain on the fringes of the bubble after an expected 85-76 home victory over Missouri (10-18, 3-12).

American Athletic

Tulsa (19-9, 11-5) cruised past Temple (17-10, 11-4) 74-55 to cut the Owls' lead in American Athletic race to a single loss. Plus, the Golden Hurricane boosted its own profile while damaging that of the Owls'.

Atlantic 10

Dayton (22-5, 12-3) put on an uninspired performance, needing overtime to defeat Saint Louis (10-17, 5-10) 52-49. Note that the halftime score of this one was 19-14 in favor of the Billikens.

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