Billy Jeffrey played the game of his life for the Blue Demons. Not only did he pass the legendary George Mikan for fourth place on the DePaul all-time scoring list but for the first time since 1994, DePaul halted a 14 game Georgetown winning streak. Their 58-52 upset win at Madison Square Garden in the first round of the Big East Tournament meant only one thing:
Their next opponent, new Sports Illustrated cover guy Doug McDermott and Creighton–Thursday night tip is slated for shortly after 7 p.m. Eastern on Fox Sports One.
Georgetown finishes 17-15, and with an RPI of 55 heading into this game…their chances of getting an at-large bid are done. As one-time Pittsburgh and UCLA coach Ben Howland said to Marques Johnson and Charissa Thompson leading off Fox Sports Live, “That is why we love this time of year–Upsets!”
Form held pretty much across the rest of the tournaments, and Marcus Smart kept Oklahoma State’s bubble wishes alive for at least one more game.
Smart was definitely so against Red Raiders, top seeded Kansas awaits
The stat line for Smart: 18 points, 7 rebounds, seven assists and six steals. The game was basically over by halftime as they doubled up Texas Tech 46-23 en route to an easy 80-62 victory.
Only one automatic bid was presented
In the Patriot League final, American University of Washington, DC replaces Georgetown as the Beltway’s favorite team going into the Big Dance as they cruised in Boston and winning their first trip to the NCAA Tournament since repeating as champions both in 2008 and 2009.
Plenty of cool action for Thursday, as the Big Ten finally gets underway in Indianapolis leading the charge in the power conferences. Action also begins finally in the Big West, Big Sky, Sun Belt, and the Western Athletic Conference as they are the last mid-major tournaments to check out online.
With no automatic bids until early Saturday afternoon, I will only break in if there any upsets or possible changes to the bubble picture. With Georgetown out, look out for Arkansas, Colorado, Miami of Florida, and St. Joseph’s to possibly grab one of the final at-large bids. But again, things could change in 24 hours time.
That’s all for now. Good night, and have a really cool Thursday unlike Auburn’s head coach Tony Barbee who was given the pink slip in his team’s hotel room after losing their opening round SEC game to South Carolina.