#1 Memphis — a winner at Houston last night — is the only unbeaten left in college basketball, after #2 Kansas lost at #22 Kansas State, the Wildcats’ first home win over the Jayhawks since the first Reagan Administration. (See, I can inject presidential politics into any post!)
You know what this means: North Carolina is in line to ascend to #2, and Duke to #3. We’re getting closer and closer to that 1-vs.-2 matchup for Dukie V’s big return. Duke just needs to win at home against N.C. State and Miami, UNC just needs to win vs. BC and at Florida State… and, oh yes, Memphis needs to lose at home against UTEP on Saturday. That last part is the major obstacle to this scenario. :)
Speaking of unbeatens, Drake is 10-0 in the Missouri Valley, and 19-1 overall. Unreal.
On tap tonight, a whole bunch of intriguing games, including a nationally televised USC-Arizona game at 10:30 PM on FSN. ESPN’s Bubble Watch has the Trojans in the "work left to do" category (though that was before their win at Oregon) and the Wildcats in the "should be in" category. Joe Lunardi gives USC a #8 seed and UA a #5 seed at the moment. Both teams are 4-3 in the Pac-10, in a three-way tie with ASU (who USC also plays this weekend) for fourth place. Anyway… Fight on Trojans, Beat the Wildcats!