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QT: Kansas falls, Nevada protects + Impact Games

QuickTakesKansas has dropped three straight Big 12 games.  The most eye-popping was Saturday’s lopsided home loss to TCU.  Regardless, the combined trio will likely drop KU from its top-line perch when the bracket updates.  Still, at 16-4 overall, and with the No. 1 overall strength of schedule (per the NET), the Jayhawks won’t fall too far ahead of this weekend’s trip to salivating Kentucky.  UK’s bubbly profile would look a bit less queasy by adding Kansas to its Tennessee tally.

Nevada protected its home court against New Mexico.  The question for the Wolfpack now is how they fare against the Mountain West’s top teams away from Reno.  Nevada’s three best NET victories (Boise State, New Mexico and Utah State) have all come at home.  The wins over Boise State and UNM are by a combined five points.  Nevada’s best non-conference notes are Sam Houston and Grand Canyon.  There’s still work to do.

Northwestern returned from a two-game Covid pause and upended Wisconsin in Evanston.  The Wildcats’ resume is better than many people think; they have road wins at Indiana and Michigan State and home victories over Illinois and Wisconsin.  Losing by a point to Auburn tempers NW’s non-conference slate; which is also part of the equation.  The Wildcats best NC win is Liberty.

Tuesday’s Bracket Impact Games:

  • Oklahoma (at TCU) – Sooners continue to surf the cutline.  A win keeps them in the immediate bubble mix.
  • Ohio State at Illinois – Buckeyes are looking to reverse momentum and climb off the cutline; Illinois needs a win to stay in the top half of the projected bracket.
  • Missouri (at Ole Miss) – A potentially dangerous seeding game for the Tigers who are 1-3 in road games.
  • Penn State (at Rutgers) – The Nittany Lions have just three wins against Quads 1/2 – all within the league.  Huge opportunity.
  • Kansas State at Iowa State – Potential seeding game among Big 12 contenders.  Despite a rather porous non-conference schedule, another road victory by KSU puts the Wildcats into the No. 1 seed discussion.
  • Oklahoma State (at Texas) – OSU is 2-6 against Q1 and 1-4 in true road games.  A victory pushes them closer to the cutline (or perhaps in with some help).
  • North Carolina (at Syracuse) – UNC hasn’t been very good away from Chapel Hill.  Heels need to beat the Orange to stay in the top half of the bracket.
  • Kentucky (at Vanderbilt) – Tricky trip for the Wildcats, especially ahead of Saturday’s tilt with Kansas.  Monday, UK was the last team IN the projected Field.  Can’t drop this one in Nashville.
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