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Quick Takes: Saturday’s wild W’s and L’s

Dave2015Well, that was a wild Saturday!  We had some impressive victories – none more than Virginia Tech win at Virginia.  We also had some head-scratching losses – Providence dropping a home game to DePaul by double-digits?

One could spend hours trudging through the full, madness-filled day that was Saturday.  But this is Quick Takes, so here are a few of the most notable takeaways through the prism of winners and losers …

Saturday’s winners:

  • Virginia Tech’s win at Virginia tops the list.
  • Texas AM – watch out for the Aggies who appear to have righted their previously wayward ship.  They’ve won four straight after beating Kentucky on Saturday, which came after a win at Auburn.
  • North Carolina – took care of NC State on the road after beating Duke; thus, avoiding a let-down.
  • Michigan State – by beating Purdue, the Spartans are back in the Big Ten race.  They’ve also positioned themselves to be in the conversation for a top-two seed on Selection Sunday if they close with a flurry.
  • Oklahoma State and Baylor – the Cowboys won at West Virginia; Baylor beat Kansas. Both are back into the bubble picture again.
  • Gonzaga – exacted revenge by going on the road to beat Saint Mary’s.

Saturday’s losers:

  • Providence – losing to DePaul at home. Talk about your clunkers.
  • Washington – losing in double-overtime at Oregon State.  Huskies went 0-2 in the state of Oregon after beating Arizona and Arizona State at home.
  • Seton Hall – losing at better-than-you-think Georgetown.  The loss in and of itself isn’t so bad, but it was the Pirates third straight and fifth in seven games. And a trip to Xavier is next.
  • Marquette – losing at resurgent St. John’s.  Not bad, but not the way to back up a win at Seton Hall, either.  Have lost 5 of 6 overall.
  • Tennessee – Goofy things happen in conference play, but a 28-point loss?  Alabama’s a good team, but it’s still an eye-popper.
  • Boise State – the Broncos really didn’t need a loss to Utah State on their resume.
  • Georgia and South Carolina – both have pretty much eliminated their NCAA chances at this point barring a miraculous finish.
  • Florida State – by dropping one in South Bend, the Seminoles now have work to do again. They’ve lost three of four, including that one at Wake Forest to end January.
  • Kansas State – the bubbly Wildcats got run over by Texas Tech on their home floor.

With a bracket update coming on Monday, we’ll see what Sunday brings.


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