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Posted at 8:37 AM ET, 02/15/2011

NCAA tournament 2011: Kansas State finally earns signature win

By Eric Prisbell

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What mattered Monday:

Syracuse 63, West Virginia 52: The Orange held West Virginia to one field goal over the final eight minutes. Syracuse was in danger of losing four straight home games for the first time since 1962-63. Scoop Jardine told reporters afterward, "This was a big game for us. This was our season."

Kansas State 84, Kansas 68: So much for being No. 1 for the Jayhawks. Jacob Pullen went wild, making 5 of 6 from behind the three-point arc and scoring a career-high 38 points. "If you look at the positive side," Kansas Coach Bill Self said, jokingly, "we held them to 46 points if Jacob did not play." Kansas State now has the signature win it desperately needed.

What to watch for Tuesday:

George Mason at Virginia Commonwealth: VCU is 11-1 at home. But the Patriots have won 11 straight overall and look for a two-game lead over VCU in the CAA standings.

Maryland at Virginia Tech: Last stand for the Terrapins? If they still have a chance at an at-large bid, they need to earn a road win against the Hokies. It won't be easy. Everyone remembers when VT walked into Comcast Center and hammered them a few weeks ago.

Michigan State at Ohio State: So Michigan State is coming off of a win and Ohio State is fresh off a loss? Something doesn't make sense here. We're going to see how the Buckeyes respond to defeat. And for Michigan State, they need a quality win in the worst way. "You have a chance to get back to restore the roar," Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo told his team. "We have got a great opportunity to re-establish ourselves."

By Eric Prisbell  | February 15, 2011; 8:37 AM ET
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