Two of the country’s best defenses squared off in Jacksonville, and the No. 6 seed Butler held off No. 11 Texas 56-48.
Perry Ellis and the No. 9 Jayhawks look to avenge their loss to the Mountaineers two weeks ago back in Morgantown. Juwan Staten hit the game-winning layup to beat the Jayhawks, 62-61. Can the Mountaineers pull off another upset — this time in Lawrence? Or will the Jayhawks still prove to be dominant at home and show that the Big 12 still runs through Allen Fieldhouse as another huge match-up occurs in the mighty Big 12?
This year, it feels like the Big East is the conference of overachievers. Yes, just about everyone thought that Villanova would be good … and it is. Many predicted Georgetown to be unpredictable … and it is. But it’s hard to find many favorable preseason remarks about Providence or Butler. Yet all of these teams are looking to finish the season strong and earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Several big games remain on the schedule, including tonight’s contest between Villanova and Providence.