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The Road to Bracketville: Wednesday Night Ups and Downs

Wednesday was a night of ups-and-downs in college basketball with teams that desperately needed wins winning and teams battling for a higher seed losing.  The way teams have played down the stretch, both up and down, makes it clear that deep runs in conference tournaments are going to be what solidifies bids

DOWNS:

Miami turned in their worst loss of the season losing at the buzzer to lowly Georgia Tech.  Georgetown lost to Villanova, keeping the Wildcats hot and on the cusp of a ticket to the field of 68.  St. Louis ran out of gas against Xavier in overtime, allowing Virginia Commonwealth to move into a first place tie in the Atlantic 10.

 Oklahoma State lost to Iowa State who, like Villanova, is pushing hard toward the field of 68 in a strong Big 12.  Just when you thought UCLA had turned the corner after a big win over Arizona they decided not to show up against and pretty bad Washington State team.  No matter how hard Mike Montgomery pushes his team (pun intended) they find a way to underachieve.  Cal lost by 13 to Stanford last night.

UPS:

Wednesday night’s biggest winner with Shaka Smart’s VCU team.  The Rams took another step toward showing the world that Richmond isn’t the ‘Spiders Web” anymore.

South Carolina junior guard Brenton Williams hung an impressive 38 points on Mississippi State.  Williams has been up and down with a season high of 22 points earlier in the season against Rider, but has had several single digit performances sprinkled in throughout the season.  The Gamecocks won 79-72.

Villanova and Iowa State pumped up their resume for March Madness as they both upended top-ten teams.

North Carolina continued to surge as well, winning in what may be their last trip to College Park, Maryland.

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