We all know about the big upsets that occurred on Saturday in the ACC and Big East, but other results should make a ripple on the college landscape. These are the games that will help and hurt resumes and make people take notice of them come tournament time.
The first two come out of the Atlantic Ten where La Salle beat St. Joe’s 76-64 in a Big 5 rivalry game at the Palestra. Tyreek Duren had 29 points as the Explorers moved to 18-6 on the season. They are hanging around the bubble according to a lot of the bracketologists and will have a big game with Temple who won their own crucial game over UMass. The Owls had a weird week losing to Duquesne at home before beating the Minutemen who were trying to build their own resume. St. Joe’s, meanwhile, has to be up there for most disappointing team in the country. The Hawks have a veteran squad picked to win the A-10 in the preseason and are now fighting to make sure they make Brooklyn for the tournament.
It was an incredibly bad day for 1st place teams in some of the smaller conferences as eight of them went down today to others in their conference. Stephen F. Austin was in that group as they fell at SE Louisiana whose RPI was 209. The Lumberjacks have allowed the least amount of points per game this season of any team and have a victory over Oklahoma. They most likely were not going to get an at-large bid, but this certainly didn’t help.
Valparaiso’s loss was a bit shocking considering they were home and were dominating. Detroit came all the way back as part of a huge run and took the game away from the Crusaders. Bucknell fell to Lafayette after blowing a seven point halftime lead. Northeastern lost at Trask Coliseum to UNC Wilmington. The loss most likely means that whoever comes out of the CAA is going to be the proud recipient of a 16 seed or even a trip to Dayton on the Tuesday after Selection Sunday.
Finally, we must point out that Grambling State is still winless. They have four games left to the season with two coming at home and two on the road. They’ve lost every game by double digits or more so it doesn’t look like they will have much resistance in their trek to imperfection.