Our quick thoughts on Monday's results:
It's time for our fellow bracketologists to get on board the UConn bandwagon. It's filling up fast. (And we're driving.) Thanks to Kemba Walker's 21 points and Stanley Robinson's 15 points and 13 rebounds - and a well-timed technical by Jim Calhoun less than a minute into the game - the surging Huskies picked up their second win over a Top 10 team in the last seven days, beating 7th-ranked West Virginia 73-62 Monday night at the XL Center. The win moved UConn to 7-8 in the Big East, it gave them a third Top 25 RPI win, and most importantly, it put them in great shape to run the table in their quest for an at-large bid. The Huskies host Louisville on Saturday and then play two huge road games at Notre Dame and at South Florida next week. Despite their season-long road woes, it's hard not to like their chances to win out with the way they're playing right now, especially with Walker stepping up and taking the scoring load off of Robinson and Jerome Dyson. He's averaging 22 points and 5.6 rebounds per game over UConn's current three-game win streak. For West Virginia, the loss doesn't hurt too much since it came on the road, and since the Mountaineers now return home for two straight games. If they just win against Cincinnati in Morgantown on Saturday, they'll likely hang on to their spot on the 3 line next week.
After saying on ESPN this weekend that UConn needed "four more wins" to get a bid, Joe Lunardi's Last Four In on the Monday night SportsCenter had the Huskies IN. We had that, too, Joe - 24 hours earlier.
Of note: Kansas blew out Oklahoma at home (Xavier Henry scored a game-high 23 for the Jayhawks); Morgan State won at MD-Eastern Shore.