Our quick thoughts on Tuesday's results:
Georgetown's success this season has been closely linked to Austin Freeman's ability to score, and never was that more evident than Tuesday night. The Hoyas struggled mightily offensively against Louisville in the first half, but Freeman caught fire after halftime, scoring 24 of his game-high 29 points to help lead Georgetown to a come-from-behind 70-60 win at Freedom Hall. Freeman hit all five of his three-pointers in the second half as the Hoyas went on a 21-2 run to blow the game open. With the win, Georgetown improved to 9-6 in the Big East and solidified their spot on the end of the 3 line. They host Notre Dame on Saturday, and then finish up with games at West Virginia and at home against Cincinnati next week. The Cardinals are also 9-6 in conference after the loss, but they have some work to do now if they want to stay on the right side of the bubble. They play at UConn on Sunday, and then at Marquette and against Syracuse at home next week. If they win two of those three, they're definitely in. If they go 1-2 (which is more likely) they will need to win one game in the Big East tourney (and maybe two depending on what seed they end up being) to be at-large worthy.
Gator Nation can rest easy: for the first time in three years, Florida looks like it's going dancing. With UConn AD and selection committee member Jeff Hathaway looking on, the Gators dominated Tennessee in the second half on Tuesday night, riding a 27-6 run to a convincing 75-62 victory in Gainesville. Chandler Parsons and Erving Walker each scored 19 points for Florida, which snapped a six-game losing streak to the Vols and leap-frogged Tennessee into third place in the SEC East at 9-4. They've now won three in a row overall, and at worst, they're going to finish 10-6 in conference with the games they have left (at Georgia, Vanderbilt, at Kentucky). Barring a slip-up against the Bulldogs this weekend, they'll probably be an 8 seed next week. Tennessee would be off the 5 line if we did a bracket tonight, but they have a chance to stay on that line (or maybe even move up a bit) if they can upset Kentucky in Knoxville on Saturday. After that game, the Vols host Arkansas and play at Mississippi State to finish up.
Northern Iowa's BracketBuster win over Old Dominion may have secured them an at-large, but their most recent effort did some serious damage to their eventual seeding. The Panthers suffered one of the worst losses of this college basketball season on Tuesday night, falling 55-54 to an Evansville team that had lost 17 of 18 overall and was just 1-15 in the MVC coming in. UNI was still without Jordan Eglseder, who served the third and final game of his DWI suspension, and the Panthers' offense was borderline inept without him. They shot 33 percent from the field for the game and were just 5-of-23 from three. The loss will drop UNI to at least two seed lines next week, and there's a chance they'll be as low as a 10. The Panthers finish up their regular season schedule on Saturday with a home game against Illinois State.
Of note: Syracuse won at Providence; Kansas State won at Texas Tech; New Mexico won at Colorado State; Illinois won at Michigan; Old Dominion won at Georgia State; Seton Hall beat Rutgers at home; Northeastern lost at home to Hofstra.