Thursday, February 20, 2014

February 20, 2014

I'm not ready to put a fork in 'em quite yet, but the Gophers have put their post season hopes in a precarious position. At this point, they can afford at most two more losses in their remaining 5+ games, which include at least three ranked opponents (Ohio St, Iowa, or Michigan). After a hot start last night, the Gophers could not get into any sort of offensive rhythm, and found every possible way to turn the ball over. It was close, but they did manage to outscore Kevin Love, who was playing across town at the same time, by just 7 points.

By far the bigger headline from last night is Syracuse's loss to Boston College. I didn't get to see much of the game, but this is an upset for the ages. BC had only 5 wins going into the contest, and an RPI barely better than #200. Some may disagree with keeping them on the 1-line, but having two fewer losses than 'Nova keeps them there for now. Two of the Orange's next three games are at Duke and at Virginia, and they'll be underdogs in both.

1's: Wichita State, Arizona, Florida, Syracuse
2's: Villanova, Saint Louis, Kansas, San Diego State
3's: Creighton, Cincinnati, Wisconsin, Duke
4's: Iowa State, UCLA, Virginia, Michigan State
5's: Kentucky, Massachusetts, Gonzaga, Ohio State
6's: Louisville, New Mexico, Connecticut, Texas
7's: VCU, Michigan, Iowa, Colorado
8's: Pittsburgh, George Washington, Oklahoma, Memphis
9's: Arizona State, North Carolina, SMU, Missouri
10's: Saint Joseph's, Indiana State, Toledo, Kansas State
11's: Xavier, Dayton, Stanford, Saint Mary's
12's: Southern Miss, Saint John's, Richmond, California, North Dakota State, Middle Tennessee
13's: Belmont, Green Bay, Stephen F. Austin, Harvard
14's: Mercer, Manhattan, Delware, New Mexico State
15's: Boston University, North Carolina Central, Georgia State, UC Santa Barbara
16's: Vermont, Bryant, Northern Colorado, Elon, Radford, Southern

FFO: BYU, Baylor, Minnesota, Oklahoma State
NFO: Providence, Boise State, Arkansas, North Carolina State

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