Our quick thoughts on Monday's results:
It might be time to start panicking in Austin. Texas' month-long free-fall - which has now resulted in five losses in seven games - continued in pretty convincing fashion on Monday night, as the Longhorns got stomped 80-68 at home by No. 1 Kansas. The Jayhawks looked every bit the nation's top-ranked team in this one, using a 22-0 run midway through the first half to put the game out of reach. Texas got as close as eight in the second half, but Marcus Morris (18 points), Sherron Collins (15), and Xavier Henry (15) made sure the Longhorns' comeback attempt ended there. Texas shot just 37 percent for the game and committed 17 turnovers, and their only real bright spot was the play of freshman J'Covan Brown, who scored a season-high 28 points. Next up for the Longhorns is a home game against Nebraska on Saturday. and then a two-game trip to Missouri and Texas Tech next week. A loss in any of those games will knock Texas down a couple of seed lines in our bracket. As it is, they're a sinking 4 seed, and they currently sit alone in fifth in the Big XII standings.
Villanova avoided back-to-back losses with an impressive road win at West Virginia. The Wildcats led the game throughout, and Scottie Reynolds scored 21 points to headline a balanced 'Nova offense that shot a blistering 57 percent from the field. The win virtually assures that the Wildcats' Feb. 27th game with Syracuse will be for the Big East regular season title. Next up for 'Nova is a pair of home games against Providence (Saturday) and UConn (Monday) and then a final stretch that includes road games with Pitt and Syracuse and a rematch with West Virginia. The Mountaineers, meanwhile, have to regroup and get ready for a rematch of their own against Pitt - who they beat less than a week ago - in a rare Friday night affair. Hopefully the fans in the "Oakland Zoo" behave a little better than their West Virginia counterparts.
Head-scratcher: The Citadel 72, Charleston 65.
Of note: Butler beat Loyola (IL) at home; Pittsburgh beat Robert Morris at home; Siena beat Fairfield at home; Morgan State beat Bethune-Cookman at home; Jackson State beat Southern at home.