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Quick Takes: Miami, Iowa St move closer to bids

Dave2015Road wins are like gold, especially in late February, especially when you’ve spent portions of the season hovering around the bubble. Monday night, Miami and Iowa State grabbed slivers of gold, and in the process, inched closer to wrapping up NCAA tournament bids.

After winning at Texas Tech, ISU is 10-5 in the Big 12 and 8-7 vs. Top 100 RPI teams. This month, the Cyclones have road wins at Kansas, Kansas State, and Texas Tech.  With Baylor, Oklahoma State, and West Virginia still on the schedule, the road isn’t easy.  But it would likely take an unexpected U-turn for ISU to miss the Field of 68.

Miami’s victory at struggling Virginia was perhaps even more important, regardless of the visual carnage at times.  Here’s why: The Hurricanes’ non-conference schedule ranked 250-plus, with their best NC win being Stanford … the win guarantees Miami at least a 9-9 finish in the ACC … and the ‘Canes closing schedule includes Duke at home, followed by trips to Virginia Tech and Florida State.  For all those reasons, Miami is now in a better position to either hold on or make a move into the top half of the bracket.

Flipping the coin, Texas Tech can’t catch a break.  The Red Raiders lost in two overtimes at West Virginia last weekend, then by two at home Monday to Iowa State.  Had those two games turned, Tech would be knocking on the door.  Now, their NC SOS above 300 haunts them even more.  It’ll take a significant run to find a golden nugget next month.

A fun, full slate awaits us tonight.  Check those games at Bracket Games.  Bubble teams in action include: Georgia Tech, Indiana, Marquette, Clemson, and Rhode Island.


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