Our quick thoughts on Sunday's results:
The late night results from the ACC will have a major impact on the upcoming bracket. UNC dropped yet another ACC home game, this time to Virginia. The Cavs were able to open up a 21-point lead early in the second half and the Tar Heels were never able to climb back in it. The loss will knock UNC out of the bracket and its tough to see them getting back in this season with their brutal remaining schedule. The Cavs were led by Sylven Landesberg's 29 points and Sammy Zeglinski's five treys. If UVa were only able to hang on against VT earlier in the week, they would have been a given for this week's bracket. Elsewhere in the ACC, Clemson was able to end their three-game skid with a win over Maryland. The Tigers held Greivis Vasquez to just 10 points on 3-11 shooting.
Coming into this week, South Florida had never won back-to-back Big East games in school history. Now they've won three in a row. The Bulls followed up Friday's win over Seton Hall with a 70-61 upset of Pitt on Sunday at the Sun Dome. For the third straight game, Dominique Jones was the difference. The junior guard scored 37 points and added eight rebounds, and during the Bulls' three-game win streak, he is averaging 37 points and seven boards per game. South Florida begins a three-game road trip with a game at Georgetown on Wednesday, while Pittsburgh preps for a game Wednesday at West Virginia. The Panthers have now lost three of four after their 5-0 start in conference, and they'll probably fall a couple of seed lines in our next bracket as a result.
Virginia Tech blew a golden opportunity to sneak into next week's bracket by losing 82-75 at Miami. The Hokies were coming off a big road win at Virginia earlier in the week, but against the Hurricanes, they got down big early (they trailed by 17 at the half) and couldn't claw their way back. They'll spend another week on the Last Eight Out list as a result.
Chandler Parsons came thisclose to being the hero for Florida yet again, but in the end it was Scotty Hopson's long jumper with 21 seconds left that gave the Vols a 61-60 win over the Gators in Knoxville. Parsons, who already has two buzzer beaters to his credit this season, gave Florida the lead on a three with 30 seconds to play, but Hopson hit a tough, fade-away 19-footer on the other end to put Tennessee back on top. The Gators got the ball back with a chance to win, but Alex Tyus's eight-footer off the glass was off the mark. The win is huge for Tennessee, which was coming off a home loss to Vandy earlier in the week. The Vols will be a low 4/high 5 in next week's bracket. Florida, which plays at Alabama and home against Mississippi State next week, will stay in the 8/9 range.
Head-scratcher: Arkansas 80, Ole Miss 73.
Of note: Ohio State blew out Minnesota at home; Purdue beat Penn State at home; Cal lost at Arizona; Butler won at Wisconsin-Milwuakee; Xavier beat Fordham at home; William & Mary beat Drexel at home; IUPUI lost on a last-second shot in OT to IPFW at home; Wichita State hung on against Southern Illinois.