Team of the Moment: Villanova
20-11 (9-9 Big East)
Computer numbers (courtesy of kenpom.com, before today's games): RPI 57, SOS 56
Result: Villanova 82, Syracuse 63 in the first round of the Big East Championship.
Next up: Georgetown (Thursday Noon, ESPN)
The Wildcats blew open a close game in the second half with a 26-6 run that moved the score from a 41-all tie to 67-47 with little over four minutes remaining in the game. Five Wildcats, led by Scottie Reynolds with twenty-two, reached double figures and the eight minutes that the march spanned couldn't have come at a better time for the Wildcats. Now they may be in good shape regarding the NCAA Tournament, especially given the performance of other bubble dwellers over the past couple of weeks. Nova, who has won at least one game in the last five Big East Championships, would be wise to put up a strong showing if not beat top seed Georgetown tomorrow just to make sure.
Also picking up a key win: Dayton. The Flyers held off St. Louis 63-62 in overtime to set up a quarterfinal showdown with Xavier tomorrow. A win there would do wonders for their resume.
Next up: St. Joseph's and West Virginia. Both have games that frankly they should win. A win against Fordham or Providence won't do much for the at-large profile of these two, but a loss could be catastrophic.