Northeastern was up 40-21 at the half and allowed Towson all the way back into the game. The Tigers tied it in the final seconds, only to watch as Northeastern’s David Walker drilled a 30-footer at the buzzer to win it.
There was some action on Monday night in the college basketball world, and we are here to talk you through all of it.
1. FLORIDA STATE’S SECOND HALF DEMOLITION OF LOUISVILLE IS SCARY
Trent Forrest scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and the No. 6 Seminoles used a 42-16 tidal wave over the course of the final 15 minutes to turn a 51-40 deficit into an 82-67 win over No. 11 Louisville.
It was everything that you expect a Florida State team to be during that stretch. They forced turnovers, they switched everything defensively, they dared you to try and beat them in isolation, and they did it all while getting the kind of balanced effort that makes it impossible to key in on a single player. Five guys were in double-figures on Monday night, and that doesn’t include the eight points that Leonard Hamilton’s club got from Anthony Polite off the bench.
This program is a machine.
All they do is produce physical, tough, athletic wings that stand somewhere between 6-foot-4 and 6-foot-8, guard like their life depends on it and completely by in to what Leonard Hamilton is trying to do.
I would not want to see them in March.
2. TEXAS ISN’T DEAD YET
The Longhorns won their third straight game on Monday night, as they beat No. 20 West Virginia, 67-57, despite playing without Jericho Sims, Gerald Liddell and Jase Febres.
Suddenly, a team that we had all written off is right back in the mix, as the Mountaineers are a top 15 team in the NET and the kind of elite win that Texas was sorely lacking on their resume. As it stands, the Longhorns are sitting at 17-11 overall and 7-8 in the Big 12. They have three Quad 1 wins, Monday night’s win as well as roadies at Purdue and Oklahoma State, and a 5-11 mark against the top two Quads without a bad loss to their name.
Put another way, this team is suddenly very much in the bubble picture.
Now, I still think they have plenty of work to do, and given the fact that neither a road win at Oklahoma or a home win over Oklahoma State is going to change all that much for them, I think Saturday’s trip to Lubbock to take on Texas Tech is going to be the make or break game. It’s not a win-and-you’re-win type deal, but I do think that taking a loss to the Red Raiders would mean that the Longhorns will have to beat one of the Big 12’s top four teams in the conference tournament to have a realistic shot at getting to the dance.
Regardless of what it actually is, the bottom line is pretty simple: Texas needs to keep on winning.
3. KANSAS ROLLS IN FIRST GAME AS NO. 1
The Jayhawks, in their first game as the No. 1 team in the country, did not have any kind of a letdown.
Udoka Azubuike finished with 19 points, 16 boards, three blocks, two assists and hit 7-for-8 from the free throw line in an 83-58 win over Oklahoma State in Phog Allen Fieldhouse.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Trent Forrest scored 14 of his 16 points after halftime, and No. 6 Florida State rallied from a double-digit deficit to beat No. 11 Louisville 82-67 on Monday night.
The Seminoles (24-4, 14-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) moved past the Cardinals into first place in the ACC. They lead Louisville and No. 7 Duke by a half-game.
Patrick Williams’ thunderous dunk put an exclamation point to a 15-0 run that put the Seminoles ahead for good. Florida State outscored Louisville 50-27 in the second half and extended its home winning streak to 22 games.
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Devin Vassell and M.J. Walker each scored 12 points for FSU, which set a school record for ACC regular-season wins with three remaining in the 20-game schedule.
Ryan McMahon scored 14 points and Jordan Nwora had 13 points and eight rebounds for Louisville (23-6, 14-4), which went more than seven minutes without a field goal during one second-half stretch.
The Cardinals played short-handed most of the night after junior center Malik Williams injured his left foot minutes into the game. He returned to the bench with a boot on the foot.
Louisville: The Cardinals shot well in the first half, making 52% before cooling off to 32% in the second.
Florida State: The Seminoles shot 50% in each half and overcame nine first-half turnovers to complete a season sweep of Louisville.
Louisville hosts Virginia Tech on Sunday.
Florida State visits Clemson on Saturday.
STANFORD, Calif. — Oregon star Sabrina Ionescu is the first player, man or woman, to reach 2,000 points, 1,000 assists and 1,000 rebounds.
Ionescu hit the milestone on a defensive rebound with 1:47 remaining in the third quarter for the third-ranked Ducks against No. 3 Stanford on Monday night, only hours after she spoke at the memorial service for Kobe Bryant and daughter, Gianna, in Southern California.
Ionescu got to 1,000 assists in a win at UCLA on Feb. 14. She notched her NCAA-record 25th career triple-double at California on Friday night – also most in the men’s or women’s game. She came into Monday’s game needing nine rebounds for the 1,000 mark.
Two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry sat courtside for the second straight game to support Ionescu and women’s basketball.
Rob Dauster and Bobby Reagan are back after a wild weekend in college basketball that saw three of the top four teams in the country lose on Saturday. They are here to talk through whether or not Kansas is actually a great team while explaining why you should (or should not) be concerned about San Diego State and Gonzaga after they lost to UNLV and BYU, respectively. Reags also tries to justify going full fanboy and taking and posting two pictures with Bill Raftery.
Here is today’s updated NCAA tournament bracketology projection.
Following its win at Baylor, Kansas grabs the No. 1 overall seed in today’s bracket update. That said, it’s basically semantics. Kansas continues to lead the Midwest Region and Baylor the South Region. The margin between the two is more of a 1-A and 1-B approach.
The biggest surprise of the weekend was San Diego State losing at home to UNLV. For now, the Aztecs hold onto their No. 1 seed in the East. Maryland could have made a strong case had the Terrapins won at Ohio State on Sunday. Either way, the door is now open for a Big Ten, Big East, or ACC champion to potentially overtake SDSU. Dayton is squarely in the mix, too.
As for the Bubble, the Providence Friars and UCLA Bruins have both recovered from challenging starts to emerge as serious at-large contenders.
Anyway, here is today’s updated NCAA tournament bracketology. If you’re looking for the NBC Sports Bubble Watch, it can be found here.
The latest look at where our NCAA tournament bracketology projection stands …
UPDATED: February 24, 2020
|FIRST FOUR – DAYTON
|MIDWEST REGION||Oklahoma vs. USC|
|SOUTH REGION||Providence vs. Wichita State|
|SOUTH REGION||PR VIEW-AM vs. ST. PETERS|
|MIDWEST REGION||ROBERT MORRIS vs. NC A&T|
|MIDWEST – Indianapolis||SOUTH – Houston|
|1) KANSAS||1) Baylor|
|16) ROB MORRIS / NC A&T||16) PV-AM / ST. PETERS|
|8) ARIZONA STATE||8) LSU|
|9) Florida||9) Saint Mary’s|
|5) Auburn||5) Colorado|
|12) NORTHERN IOWA||12) Providence / Wichita St|
|4) Michigan||4) Penn State|
|13) AKRON||13) VERMONT|
|6) BYU||6) Iowa|
|11) Oklahoma / USC||11) Utah State|
|3) Creighton||3) SETON HALL|
|14) SOUTH DAKOTA ST||14) COLGATE|
|7) Wisconsin||7) Marquette|
|10) Rhode Island||10) Rutgers|
|2) Duke||2) Florida State|
|15) BELMONT||15) LITTLE ROCK|
|EAST – New York||WEST – Los Angeles|
|1) SAN DIEGO ST||1) GONZAGA|
|16) RADFORD||16) MONTANA|
|8) Indiana||8) Texas Tech|
|9) Virginia||9) Houston|
|5) Ohio State||5) Michigan State|
|12) LIBERTY||12) S.F. AUSTIN|
|4) KENTUCKY||4) Oregon|
|13) YALE||13) NORTH TEXAS|
|6) West Virginia||6) Butler|
|11) EAST TENNESSEE ST||11) CINCINNATI|
|3) Villanova||3) LOUISVILLE|
|14) WRIGHT STATE||14) NEW MEXICO ST|
|7) Illinois||7) Arizona|
|10) NC State||10) Xavier|
|2) DAYTON||2) MARYLAND|
|15) HOFSTRA||15) UC-IRVINE|
|Last 4 Byes||Last 4 IN||First 4 OUT||Next 4 OUT|
|NC State||Wichita State||UCLA||Mississippi State|
Top Seed Line
Kansas, Baylor, Gonzaga, San Diego State
Breakdown by Conference …
Big Ten (10)
Big East (7)
Pac 12 (5)
Big 12 (5)
West Coast (3)
Atlantic 10 (2)
Mountain West (2)
OK, how good are you guys at NCAA tournament bracketology?
Not too bad. Our bracketologist, Dave Ommen, is sitting atop the ranks for the bracket matrix, which cobbles together everyone who does this for a living. So yeah, we’re on our game.
When do conference tournaments begin?
Conference tournaments — when teams can earn automatic berths to the NCAA Tournament — begin on Tuesday, March 3. Most of the league tournaments for that week are mid-major and low-major schools (though those can often be the most exciting games to watch).
There is a full schedule for all 32 conference tournaments here, though check back with us later on for previews for all those tournaments, recaps and highlights from the buzzer-beaters and many dunks for the start of March.
When do Selection Sunday and the NCAA Tournament begin?
Selection Sunday for the 2020 NCAA Tournament is on March 15 (about 4 pm ET), while the games begin a couple days later. The First Four is on March 17 and 18, while the craziness of Round 1 starts on Thursday, March 19.
The Final Four, held in Atlanta this year, starts on Saturday, April 4. The National Title Game is Monday, April 6.