|A lot of people fell in love with North Florida's fans yesterday.|
Wisconsin Crushes Ohio State For a brief moment in the second half, Ohio State pulled within seven points and looked like they might make a game of this one. But Wisconsin's offense was dominant. The Badgers had a 16-to-8 advantage in made layups+dunks, and shot 59% on two-pointers compared to 39% for Ohio State. Wisconsin's 1.20 PPP were the most Ohio State had allowed in a game since February 10th, 2013.
It's always wise to ignore everything that the Selection Committee chair says on television, but there has been a lot of talk about the geographic emphasis of the Selection Committee putting a 2-seeded Wisconsin in the same region as Kentucky, which would be a worrying development for both teams. But this win is important for Wisconsin because if they can win out and take the Big Ten tournament then they'll have a great case for a 1 seed. They will be rooting for Arizona, Villanova and Duke to all lose in their conference tournaments.
Ohio State is significantly better than their record. They are 19th in Pomeroy and 10th in the Sagarin PREDICTOR. But they have only a single RPI Top 50 win and their RPI is hovering around 40th. They're not at serious risk of missing the NCAA Tournament, but they are at serious risk of something like an 8-11 seed if they don't do some damage in the Big Ten tournament.
William & Mary Survives For Another Day Five teams have missed every single NCAA basketball tournament, and two of them have a real shot to get in this season. One of those is William & Mary, who had a heartbreaking one point loss in last season's Colonial title game. But they're back to the title game this year after Daniel Dixon hit this shot:
DJ Newbill's Buzzer Beater Penn State has had more than their share of heartbreaking losses. They came into this game 1-8 in Big Ten games decided by six points or fewer. But DJ Newbill had himself a day here, scoring 31 points on 11-for-22 shooting, including this buzzer beater:
Minnesota finishes 6-12 in Big Ten play, ending a disappointing regular season. They need to win some Big Ten tournament games just to get into the NIT.