Winners and losers kentucky, kansas fall while xavier, michigan surge – cbssports.com the university of kansas lawrence

The xavier musketeers began the season as the preseason no. 3 team in their own conference, but came out atop the regular season standings on saturday with a 65-62 win over depaul. It’s their first outright regular season big east title since joining the league five seasons ago.

No one pegged them as a conference contender, and yet by holding on to beat depaul they firmed up their decent hold on a no. 1 seed as selection sunday nears. And it’s why the musketeers are the biggest winners from saturday’s action across the college hoops landscape. Winner: xavier

The musketeers, who joined the big east just five seasons ago, won their first outright regular season conference title in their new league affiliation on saturday by sneaking out a close 65-62 win over depaul.

The accomplishment is impressive in its own regard.Regular season but to do so in a league that features projected no. 1 seed villanova is absolutely remarkable. It snaps nova’s regular-season title streak at four (and simultaneously makes KU’s streak of 14-straight in the big 12 that more impressive.) winner: marvin bagley

The blue devils trailed by as many as 13 points in the second half to rival north carolina, but frosh star marvin bagley III came alive in the stretch and helped duke clinch an improbable double digit win. Pretty stunning, given the outlook duke faced early in the second frame.

Duke has rallied. Mr chow is pleased. @kenjeong having a blast. Love to see fans into it. Pic.Twitter.Com/7oegyryoij— rece davis (@espn_recedavis) march 4, 2018 loser: kentucky

Kentucky fell back into its old habits against florida on saturday, and cats coach john calipari was none too pleased with the 80-67 outcome.2018 winner

"We reverted today," he said after the fact. "Didn’t pass the ball … This hopefully wakes us up and we go. But, again, I told them, ‘learn from it. You’re young. Competitive spirit. If you don’t have a competitive spirit, you will not advance in this game."

The loss snapped kentucky’s four game winning streak and sends the young wildcats into the postseason for the first time since 2013-2014 when, you guessed it, florida handed UK an 84-65 loss going into the SEC tourney.

There’s no way to sugar coat this: florida’s had kentucky’s number of late. The gators smacked the wildcats 80-67 in gainesville on saturday and completed a season sweep of john calipari’s team, which entered the day on a four-game winning streak.

Meanwhile, senior chris chiozza set the all-time florida assist record and helped the gators improve to 3-1 against the kentucky wildcats over the last two seasons.March 2018 loser: michigan state

Michigan state’s 13-game winning streak came to an unceremonious, unflattering end on saturday at the hands of cross-state rival michigan, 75-64. It’s the second time this season the wolverines have handed sparty a double digit loss, and this one might be at the cost of a 1 seed for tom izzo’s team. Winner: texas

Texas had the lead late in regulation and let WVU senior jevon carter go coast-to-coast to knot things up, which sent it to OT. But the horns handled their business in the extra period, 87-79, to essentially lock up their standing on the right side of the dreaded bubble.

🗣 down goes no. 20! 🗣 @texasmbb tops west virginia in their final matchup of the #big12mbb regular season. #hookem 🤘 pic.Twitter.Com/v8cflkor1q— big 12 conference (@big12conference) march 3, 2018 winner: oklahoma state

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The cowboys followed up their 84-79 win over kansas in lawrence earlier this season with a resounding 82-64 win on their home floor saturday, and now officially have one of the weirdest NCAA tournament resumes in all the land. Wins over kansas, west virginia, florida state, texas tech and texas will carry plenty of weight come selection sunday. And check this: OSU now has six wins over AP top 25 teams, including four vs. The top 10.

Oklahoma state sweeps kansas, and fans rush the court at gallagher-iba. Pic.Twitter.Com/4dsrdov4zr— kyle boone (@kyle__boone) march 3, 2018 winner: auburn

No. 14 auburn clinched at least a share of the SEC regular season title on saturday with a 79-70 win over south carolina. It’s the tigers’ first regular season title since 1999 — and most impressive of all, they did it without the services of austin wiley and danjel purifoy.March 2018 loser: kansas

As I mentioned previously, bill self had never been swept before in big 12 play before today. But the jayhawks look disheveled, disinterested, and uninspired against oklahoma state in a 82-64 loss.

Maybe bill self was doing his alma mater a solid, because OSU’s resume now looks pretty appealing when you look at the totality of its body of work. KU carries the 1 seed into big 12 play but saturday’s lackluster showing is a bit concerning. Winner: syracuse

The orange stopped the bleeding on saturday and won ugly, 55-52, over clemson to snap their three-game losing skid. Time will tell if it is enough to get them into the big dance, but a quadrant 1 win in the regular season finale can’t hurt their chances. Loser: notre dame

The stellar senior returned to form this week after a long injury hiatus, but saturday with him in the lineup, notre dame fell short of upsetting no. 1 virginia.Regular season it might ultimately be what lands them on the wrong side of the bubble, too. But if you’re keeping track at home: ND is significantly better with colson on the floor.

It will be interesting to see how the selection committee evaluates the irish and whether colson’s injury factors into where they fall in the bubble conversation. A deep ACC tournament run will be necessary to keeping the dream alive.

Notre dame 12-4 with bonzie colson, 6-9 without him, 0-4 with neither colson nor matt farrell. Bonzie’s back now, and was great against virginia today in a close loss. Irish will be the single most fascinating topic for the selection committee.— pat forde (@yahooforde) march 3, 2018 winner: michigan

Michigan is headed back to the big ten tournament title game for a second consecutive season, thanks to an all-around aces 75-64 win over michigan state.2018 winner the wolverines aren’t flashy, but they’ve got the goods to replicate a similar postseason run as last season led by seniors duncan robinson and muhammad-ali abdur-rahkman. This might be john beilein’s best defensive team he’s ever fielded. Loser: north carolina

The tar heels had a pretty cushy double digit lead over duke on saturday but fell apart at the seams down the stretch, letting duke not only steal the lead but also win by 10.

So now instead of taking a decisive win over their rival into the ACC tournament, the tar heels now will take a two-game losing streak into the postseason. Winner: murray state

The murray state racers, picked to finish third in the OVC preseason poll, are your first team officially locked into the NCAA tournament field after topping preseason no. 1 belmont on saturday.