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Posted at 9:02 AM ET, 01/20/2011

Bracketology today: Marshall earns upset over West Virginia

By Eric Prisbell

What mattered Wednesday:

1) Marshall 75, West Virginia 71: Marshall is 13-5 and this was not much of a damaging loss from an RPI standpoint. But it's a significant win for first-year coach Tom Herrion, the former Pittsburgh assistant. Marshall had lost four straight against its in-state rival. Damier Pitts, who scored 25 points, said, "Either you go to West Virginia and you don't like Marshall or you go to Marshall and you don't like West Virginia."

2) George Mason 71, Drexel 47: Drexel has slipped considerably since beating Old Dominion on Jan. 13, and George Mason is coming alive, having won three straight games. The Patriots are 9-0 at home.

3) Purdue 63, Penn State 62: This was a heartbreaker for Penn State. Penn State had beaten Michigan State and Illinois at home this month and had played No. 1 Ohio State to within three points. All the Nittany Lions needed was one defensive stop against another ranked opponent. But Purdue's JaJuan Johnson sank an 18-footer with about three seconds left. A Penn State victory would have improved the perception of wins by Maryland and Virginia Tech over PSU earlier this season.

What to watch for Thursday:

1) Virginia Tech at Maryland: This game has been addressed with an earlier post. In short, a loss will hurt the loser more than a win will help the winner, in my view.

2) Arizona at Washington: A matchup of the two top offensive teams in the Pac-10 will be fun to watch. Washington averages 87.1 points; Arizona averages 77.7 points.

3) California at UCLA: If the Pac-10 has a chance at a fourth bid - and it is an outside chance - UCLA is the team with the best chance. The Bruins need this game against a Cal team that is only one game over .500 against Division I teams.

By Eric Prisbell  | January 20, 2011; 9:02 AM ET
 
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