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Posted at 8:31 AM ET, 02/ 1/2011

Surging Georgetown holds off Louisville

By Eric Prisbell

What mattered Monday:

1) Georgetown 62, Louisville 59: This one was not a work of art. Each team committed 16 turnovers. But the Hoyas shot 76 percent from the field in the second half, and guard Chris Wright finished with a season-high 24 points. Louisville seemed on the verge of another great comeback, but the Cardinals had some mental breakdowns defensively late in the game, in the view of Coach Rick Pitino. Looking big picture, Georgetown has gone from struggling to surging, winning five straight in the nation's top conference. The Hoyas are now 7-5 against the RPI's top 50 and they rank third overall in the RPI and second in strength of schedule. As of today, they are in position to claim a top three seed in the NCAAs, and climbing.

2) Texas 69, Texas A&M 49: No team has a better chance to win the national championship than Texas. The Longhorns are worth watching just to see them play defense, which they did brilliantly for most of the game at Texas A&M. Texas has beaten four top 25 RPI teams and seven RPI top 50 teams. The Longhorns have not lost since the one-point defeat against Connecticut on Jan. 8. As of today, they are a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. It still promises to be a wide-open NCAA tournament, but Texas will be one tough out.

3) BracketBuster: The matchups are out. Some are intriguing, some not so much. More on that later.

What to watch for Tuesday:

1) North Carolina at Boston College: Freshman Harrison Barnes scored 25 points against N.C. State, offering North Carolina fans a glimpse of the talent that made him one of the most coveted prospects in the nation. This is an important game for the Eagles, who have lost three of four games.

2) Penn State at Illinois: A Illinois team that showed promise earlier this season has now lost four of five games and can't afford a home loss to the Nittany Lions. PSU has already beaten Illinois at home, is coming off a win against Wisconsin and is eying an at-large NCAA tournament berth.

3) Vanderbilt at Florida: Neither team wants to suffer a two-game losing streak at this point. Vanderbilt watched Arkansas shoot 57.4 percent in Saturday's home loss to the Razorbacks. Florida, meantime, made just 9 of 19 free throws in a loss to Mississippi State.

By Eric Prisbell  | February 1, 2011; 8:31 AM ET
 
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