By Kevin Sweeney
After another crazy Saturday in College Basketball, let’s take at some of the biggest winners and losers as teams look to bolster their resumés before March Madness.
- North Carolina: Coming off a shocking loss vs Duke, the Tar Heels put on one of their most impressive performances of the season, dominating #11 Miami 96-71 in a game in which the Tar Heels led by as many as 38 points. The win gives North Carolina sole possession of first place in the ACC. It also gives a huge boost to the Tar Heels’s hopes for a #1 seed.
- St. Bonaventure: The Bonnies snagged their signature win on Saturday by knocking off #15 Dayton on the road. The win boosted St. Bonaventure’s RPI a whopping 19 places, from 53 to 34. The win positions the Bonnies for an at-large bid. With a fairly easy schedule ahead, the Bonnies have a chance to move up in the A-10 standings and continue to make their case as to why they deserve to be in the field of 68.
- Indiana: The Hoosiers were winners all week in college basketball. At the beginning of the week, the Hoosiers trailed both Iowa and Maryland in the Big 10 standings. However, with upset losses by the Hawkeyes and Terps, coupled with a win over Purdue, the Hoosiers are now in first place in the Big 10. Plus, scoring a win over in-state rival Purdue is always a big deal.
- Hawaii: With their win over UC Irvine after most of you went to bed (tip was at 11:30), Hawaii took full control of the Big West. The win gave the Rainbow Warriors a two game lead in the conference with 4 games to play. It also gave Hawaii another top 100 RPI win to bolster their resumé. The Rainbow Warriors are now 22-3, with 2 of their losses to Oklahoma and Texas Tech.
- St. Mary’s: Another bubble team who was in need of a big win, the Gaels pulled in an impressive win over Gonzaga. It was their first time sweeping the season series with the Zags since 1995. Going into a difficult atmosphere, the Gaels controlled the game from the opening tip. The win moves St. Mary’s into a first place tie with Gonzaga and own the tiebreaker.
- Isaac Humphries: C’mon Man! Humphries ruined the best game of his career by committing a STUPID technical foul with under 10 seconds to go in overtime. Leading by one and about to go to the free throw line, Humphries spiked the ball. Despite pleadings from Tyler Ulis, the referee whistled him for a technical foul, which also fouled him out of the game. Kentucky lost on a buzzer-beater, and Humphries is certainly not going to want to show his face in Lexington for a little while.
- Duke: Early in the second half, Duke were in control of Louisville on the road. From then on, the Cardinals dominated , outscoring the Blue Devils by 20 in the game’s final 17 minutes. The game stands as a troubling loss for the Blue Devils, who were seemingly headed in the right direction after a huge win over North Carolina.
- Florida State: The Seminoles seem to be playing their way off the bubble. With a loss to Virginia Tech on Saturday, Florida State has now lost 4 in a row, including winnable games against Syracuse, Georgia Tech, and Virginia Tech. The Seminoles have just 1 win over teams in the AP top 25.
- LSU: How much will the committee take from LSU? The Tigers have shown signs of brilliance, but have lots of troubling losses. The loss on Saturday is especially troubling. The Tigers were dominated by a Tennessee team who came into the game just 12-14 on the season. We all want to see Ben Simmons in the Big Dance, but LSU’s resumé doesn’t compare to other bubble teams.
- William & Mary: The Tribe’s loss to 3-23 Drexel probably eliminates them from contention for the CAA regular season title. The loss comes at an odd time for the Pride, who were coming off a big win over first-place UNC Wilmington. If nothing else, the game demonstrates how wide open the CAA Tournament will be.