Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Purdue all blown out
What mattered Tuesday:
1) Georgia Tech 72, Virginia Tech 57: So much for that 17-point win at Maryland. The Hokies offset that significant win with a significant loss that ended with almost the identical score. Seth Greenberg's team now has two losses to sub-120 teams in the RPI. This is the softer part of VT's ACC schedule, but the Hokies have struggled against the weaker teams in the league. More results like that this will whittle down the number of legit NCAA tournament contenders from a league that is not what it usually is. GT's Iman Shumpert had a triple-double to help the Yellow Jackets improve their home record to 8-2 this season, including 3-0 in ACC play.
2) Seton Hall 90, Syracuse 68: Raise your hand if you had the Pirates by 22 in this one. Over the next few weeks, watch the Big East standings grow more muddled by the day as teams continue to beat up one another. Right now, you've got 11 teams with realistic NCAA tournament at-large hopes. And now you have the so-called bottom rung, Seton Hall and Providence, showing life and potential to knock off upper echelon teams. Seton Hall built a 13-point halftime lead by making seven three-pointers in the first 20 minutes. The Pirates, who were the worst shooting team in the league, made 10 of 17 (Fredette-esque) shots from three-point range.
3) Ohio State 87, Purdue 64: Because of parity nationwide, the upcoming NCAA tournament promises to be a wild three-week affair. That won't be the case if the Buckeyes play like they did Tuesday. Purdue is a quality outfit. But OSU shot 55 percent from the floor and made 11 or 19 three-pointers. Gotta love the OSU freshman, too. No, not Jared Sullinger. Aaron Craft, who had 11 points and 6 assists, can play, as well.
What to watch for Wednesday:
1) San Diego State at Brigham Young: You may have heard about this game. It's a big one. More than 20 NBA scouts will be in attendance. I'll have a separate post later on why you should care. I've been counting down to this game for more than two months.
2) St. John's at Georgetown: Eight of Georgetown's remaining 11 regular season opponents are ranked in the RPI's top 50. So the Hoyas, who are roughly a No. 5 seed in the NCAAs as of today, have a chance to dramatically help or hurt their postseason seeding. Recently, a lot has hinged on the play of Austin Freeman, the Big East player of the week who is third in the league in scoring. St. John's has cooled off with four losses in its last five games. Eleven Big East teams would make the NCAAs as of today. I don't see it winding up like that; a couple teams likely will fade.
3) West Virginia at Louisville: Both teams are trying to find their identities a bit. West Virginia is down to eight scholarship players after Coach Bob Huggins suspended leading scorer Casey Mitchell and reserve Dan Jennings inexplicably walked off the bench in the middle of the win over South Florida. Injury-riddled Louisville just lost to Providence.
| January 26, 2011; 7:52 AM ET
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