NCAA tournament 2011: Wright breaks hand in Georgetown loss
This was a wild Wednesday of hoops.
What mattered Wednesday:
Maryland 78, Florida State 62: As Dennis Green would say, FSU is NOT what we thought they were. As for Maryland, I want to be clear on this: It would sure help if the Terps can win at UNC on Sunday -- it would help immensely. But because of how weak the field of bubble teams is, the bigger question is whether Maryland can reach the NCAAs without a win over Duke or UNC. For example, would beating Miami, Virginia and winning two in the ACC tournament be enough if they don't beat Duke or UNC? Maybe, but that will depend on how the landscape looks in a couple weeks.
Cincinnati 58, Georgetown 46: This really boosts Cincy's NCAA tournament hopes. But the bigger story here deals with the heath of Georgetown's Chris Wright, who broke his left hand early in the second half, a potentially devastating injury for the Hoyas. There was no backcourt in the country I enjoyed watching more than the Hoyas' backcourt.
Notre Dame 94, Providence 93: Providence's Marshon Brooks scores a Big East-record 52 points.
Wisconsin 53, Michigan 52: The Wolverines get beat on a buzzer-beater. A good loss won't help you all that much. But Michigan gets a chance to redeem itself in a potential bubble-buster this weekend against Minnesota.
Miami 73, Boston College 64: The Eagles suffered an unfortunate home loss. They have a lot of work to do to not go belly up down the stretch. Really, they already are, having lost six of eight games.
Duke 78, Temple 61: The Blue Devils did what a potential No. 1 seed should do at home.
Alabama 51, Auburn 49: The Tide rallied for a home win it absolutely had to have. Again, I am fascinated by the job Anthony Grant has done this season. I don't root for teams. I root for stories. And Alabama is one of the more interesting stories going.
What to watch for Thursday:
Northeastern at George Mason: The Patriots look to extend the nation's longest winning streak to 14 games in their final home game of the season.
Gonzaga at St. Mary's: The Zags can really help their NCAA tournament cause with a win. I don't feel St. Mary's has much of an at-large chance at this point.
| February 24, 2011; 8:38 AM ET
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