Tuesday, December 31
St John's is 9-3 but lost by 11 to Wisconsin in only trip outside NYC, a game played in South Dakota; this is first true road game for St John's. Red Storm is blocking 24.6% of shots, #1 in country- they're 1-3 vs top 100 teams, with best win over Ga Tech in Brooklyn. Xavier won its last five games, last three against teams in top 100 (4-2 overall).
Ohio State won last three games with Purdue by 3-17-10 points; they're 2-3 in last five visits here, winning by 4-10 points. Buckeyes won by 17 at Marquette in only true road game- they're 6-0 vs top 100 teams, with five of six wins by 10+ points. Purdue hasn't played in nine days since win at West Va; they're 1-2 vs top 100 teams, losing by 10-6 points.
Providence swept Seton Hall by 12-10 points LY, after losing previous five games with Pirates; Friars are 10-3 despite losing PG for year, with three of last four games decided by 1 or 2 points- they split pair of true road games, with games decided by total of three points. Seton Hall lost its two games vs top 100 teams, by a total of four points. Pirates are 2-4 in games decided by six or less points.
Kansas State won 65-62 at George Washington LY, despite making 36% of shots; Wildcats won last seven games after 2-3 start, including win vs Gonzaga- they're forcing turnovers 22.4% of time (#23 in US), holding teams to 26.7% from arc. Colonials are 11-1 with only loss on a neutral court to Marquette; they've got top 100 wins, with Creighton best one.
Illinois won six of last nine games with Indiana, but lost to Hoosiers in conference tourney LY; Indiana lost last four visits here, by 31-2-24-2 points. Five of last seven series games were decided by 6 or less points. Illini is 7-0 at home, but only one of those seven foes were ranked in top 150. Indiana lost by 17 at Syracuse, in its only true road game this year.
Michigan State won 13 of last 17 games with Penn State, six of last eight here, with last three wins by 5-11-9 points; Spartans won at Texas by 14 in only true road game, also have four neutral court wins- they've got game at Indiana Saturday- better not look ahead. Penn State is 1-3 vs top 100 teams, with all four games decided by 9 or less points, two in OT.
Louisville was 6-26 from arc in loss at Kentucky Saturday; Cardinals are 1-1 in true road games, routing FIU by 29 before that. Louisville force turnovers 25.9% of time, all 11 of their wins this year are by 14+ points. Central Florida hasn't played in nine days; they splir pair vs teams in top 100, losing to Florida St by 12. UCF is worst foul shooting team in country right now, making 56.6% from line.
Georgetown won its last eight games vs DePaul, winning by 14-8-11-24 points; Hoyas aren't as talented as past year, but are making 56.8% of shots inside arc, while holding foes to 28.7% outside arc. DePaul is 0-4 vs top 100 teams, losing by 7-22-18-18 points- they had dramatic win at Northwestern Friday, but it was ugly game. Blue Demons turn ball over 20.1% of time, but also force turnovers 20.5%.
Memphis split a pair with Oklahoma State, losing in Stillwater by 21 in only true road game; Tigers are forcing turnovers 24.3% of time- they're 3-1 on neutral floor, with wins by 27-7-5 points, 77-75 loss to Florida. South Florida's last eight games were all decided by 5 or less points, with Bulls winning last three home games, by a total of seven points.
Iowa-Nebraska split their four conference games; Hawkeyes' wins are by 9-14 points, with home team 1-1 in each gym. Iowa is 4-2 vs teams in top 100, with four of six games decided by 5 or less points. Nebraska is 0-2 in true road games, losing by 15 at both Cincinnati/Creighton- they are forcing turnovers 20.8% of time, but they're 1-4 vs top 100 teams, with losses by 6-13-15-15 points.
Villanova lost by 17 at Syracuse Saturday, its first loss of year, after it led 25-7 early on; Wildcats won by 30 at St Joe's in its other true road game- they've got neutral court wins over Kansas/Iowa. Butler is 1-2 vs top 100 teams, with all three games decided by 3 or less points- both of their losses are by a hoop, to Oklahoma State/LSU on neutral floors.
UConn won by 12 at Washington in its only true road game; Huskies are making 43.1% from arc (#6 in Us), 3-0 vs teams ranked outside top 200, with all three wins by 10+ points. Houston lost by 10 to Stanford in its only top 100 game; they haven't played in 10 days, splitting last two games, decided by total of 5 points- they're 3-5 in last eight games.
Creighton is playing first-ever Big East game; Bluejays are making 43.9% of 3's, #3 in country, 53.7% of 2's (#35)- they're 4-2 vs top 100 teams, with three wins by 14+ points. Marquette lost at Arizona State by 2, at Wisconsin by 6 in its true road games. Eagles are 0-5 vs top 50 teams, with four losses by 8 or less points- their only win vs top 200 team is by 16 over George Washington on a neutral floor.