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I Slept On It: Seton Hall, Wisconsin Move Closer; The American Is A Potential Mess

In the process, the Pirates dealt Xavier's top seed hopes a blow, while the Badgers deprived Michigan of a needed quality road win. Plus, a pair of American Athletic bid hopefuls surprisingly fell, idle Indiana clinched a share of the Big Ten title, and Oregon moved closer to the Pac-12's.

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No. 15 Duke (21-8, 10-6) now needs two wins and help to claim a share of the mythical ACC regular season title. The Blue Devils lost at Pittsburgh (20-8, 9-7) 76-62. The Panthers' record against teams in the RPI Top 50 now stands at 2-6, so they should be OK for selection.

Virginia Tech Hokies (16-13, 8-8) clinched its first ,500 or better season since 2011 by winning at Wake Forest (11-18, 2-15) 81-74.

Big East

Seton Hall (21-7, 11-5) joined Pitt in picking up a big win for its hopes on Sunday. The Pirates dominated fifth-ranked Xavier (25-4, 13-4), with the 90-81 final score not indicative of how in control the the Hall was throughout the afternoon in Newark. With the loss, it looks like the Musketeers might have to win the Big East Tournament to have any hope of a one seed. 

Creighton (18-11, 9-7) demolished St. John's (8-22, 1-16) by 41, 100-59, to set itself up for a late final push for an at-large.

Big Ten

While sixth-ranked Michigan State (24-5, 11-5) is unlikely to win the Big Ten regular season crown, the Spartans are in the hunt for a top seed. The Spartans warmed up for Tuesday's trip to Rutgers by blowing out Penn State (15-14, 6-10) 88-57. Denzel Valentine scored 19 for the Spartans, adding six assists and eight rebounds on the afternoon.

Eighth-ranked Iowa (20-8, 11-5) has lost four of five, and Sunday's loss at Ohio State (19-11, 11-6) helped Indiana clinch at least a share of the Big Ten title. As for the Buckeyes, they're back in a decent position for earning an at-large. However, to do so, they'll need to defeat a Michigan State team they lost to by 19 at home in East Lansing on Saturday.

Wisconsin (19-10, 11-5), winner of 10 of its last 11, moved into a tie for second (owning the two seed in Indianapolis due to tiebreakers) after a 68-55 home win over Michigan (20-10, 10-7). The Wolverines might want to beat Iowa at home next Saturday for the sake of their tournament hopes.

Illinois (13-16, 5-11) had little trouble in defeating a shorthanded Minnesota (8-20, 2-14) squad at home 84-71.


Arizona State (14-15, 4-12) played better at Colorado (21-9, 10-7) than they did in an 81-46 loss at Utah Utes, but the Buffaloes still picked up a needed home win 79-69. Oregon State (17-10, 8-8) also did what it needed to, blowing out visiting Washington State (9-20, 1-16) 69-49. 

California (21-8, 11-5) romped again in Berkeley, routing struggling USC (19-10, 8-8). The Trojans have lost three in a row and four of five. 

The Golden Bears and Utah remain a loss behind No. 13 Oregon (23-6, 12-4) in the Pac-12 race. The Ducks put another nail in the coffin of Washington's (16-13, 8-9) at-large hopes, completing a perfect 18-0 season at home with an 86-73 victory. Oregon flies south to L.A. for the final weekend of the regular season.

American Athletic

UConn (20-9, 10-6) might have won at Houston (21-8, 11-6) earlier this season, but the Cougars tripped the Huskies up in Storrs by a 75-68 score. That's bad news for both UConn's NCAA positioning and its American title hopes. No. 24 SMU (24-4, 12-4) remains tied with Temple for the conference lead after the Mustangs blasted Tulane (10-19, 3-13) 74-53 in Dallas.  

Tulsa (19-10, 11-6), however, picked a horrible time to drop its first game to a team from outside of the RPI Top 50, as the Golden Hurricane looked disinterested in falling at Memphis (16-13, 7-9) 92-82. Frank Haith's team must now go on a run in what should be an intriguing American Athletic Tournament in Orlando over the final weekend before selections.

Atlantic 10

Saint Louis (10-18, 5-11) gave host Saint Joseph's (24-5, 13-3) a game early, but the Hawks prevailed 77-63 at Hagan Arena to join VCU at the top of the league.


Valparaiso (26-5, 16-2) completed its Wisconsin road swing with another close Horizon League win, 70-86 over Green Bay (19-12, 11-7).

Niagara (7-24, 5-15) gave Monmouth (25-6, 17-3) a scare in West Long Branch, but the Hawks prevailed 76-68. The win kept Iona (19-10, 16-4) from clinching a share of the MAAC crown after the Gaels' 86-78 win over Canisius (13-18, 8-12).

Belmont (20-10, 12-4) wrapped up the OVC regular season with a thud, falling at crosstown rival Tennessee State (20-9, 11-5) 87-72.

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