Here’s everything you need to know about Sunday's slate of college basketball games …
Game of the day: Florida lost at Rutgers. So did Notre Dame. But Syracuse managed to escape Piscataway with a 74-64 victory thanks to C.J. Fair's career-high 21 points. The Orange now have a 2.5-game lead in the Big East standings. It's hard to imagine them not getting a No. 1 seed.
Win to brag about: South Florida just won't stop winning, and that's gonna be a problem for the Selection Committee. The latest victory is the Bulls' 56-47 win at Pittsburgh. They're now 17-10 overall, 10-4 in the Big East. And though their resume lacks quality wins, they haven't lost to a school currently unranked in the AP poll since December 28. You know how many teams can say that? Four. Kentucky, Syracuse, North Carolina and USF. That's gotta be worth something, right?
Loss to hide from: Indiana took a 78-68 loss at Iowa, so that's another bad loss for the Hoosiers and seven losses overall. But those wanting Tom Crean's team out of the national rankings should recognize that IU owns wins over Kentucky, Ohio State, Michigan and Notre Dame, point being the Hoosiers' entire body of work is still pretty impressive.
Player who deserves improper benefits: John Jenkins shot the ball well at Georgia and Vanderbilt got another nice road victory. The 61-52 win featured Jenkins making six of eight 3-point attempts to finish with 28 points. When he's good, Vandy is tough.
Players who do not deserve improper benefits: Stanford's starting backcourt of Aaron Bright and Chasson Randle combined to miss 15 of 19 shots in the Cardinal's 68-64 loss to Oregon. That means they shot 21 percent from the field.
Numbers don’t lie
- 4: That's the number of Syracuse players that scored in double-figures at Rutgers. The Orange's balance and depth might be unmatched.
- 9: That's the number of consecutive games Tennessee State has won after its 68-61 victory over Miami-Ohio. One of those wins, of course, came at Murray State.
- 10: That's the number of 3-pointers John Jenkins has made in Vanderbilt's past two games. He's only taken 12.
Three other notable results
- Duke's 75-50 win over Boston College kept the Blue Devils in a first-place tie with North Carolina and Florida State in the ACC standings.
- Wisconsin's 65-55 win over Penn State kept the Badgers alone in fourth in the Big Ten standings.
- Loyola's 69-56 win over Boston University kept the Greyhounds alone in second in the MAAC standings.
- Western Kentucky announced Sunday that intermin coach Ray Harper is now permanent coach Ray Harper. The decision doesn't make much sense on the surface, but it's good for Ray Harper.
- Kentucky is still No. 1 in the updated Top 25 (and one). New Mexico and Vanderbilt are this week's new additions. Saint Mary's and Gonzaga dropped out.