MORE CHANGES Following two weeks of tumult in the AP Top 25, more changes are on the way after four top 10 teams lost and 12 ranked teams went down overall. No. 4 Louisville lost to No. 12 Virginia, though the Cardinals were short-handed. Guard Quentin Snider was out with a hip flexor, while forward Deng Adel and center Mangok Mathiang were suspended for missing curfew. No. 5 Oregon followed up a lopsided win over No. 9 Arizona with a three-point loss to No. 10 UCLA . That should move the Bruins up in Monday’s poll, though it didn’t sway the NCAA selection committee; the Ducks were the top team out of the Pac-12 in Saturday’s rankings. No. 8 North Carolina also lost to rival Duke, a game that should move the 18th-ranked Blue Devils closer to the top 10. On Sunday, Northwestern may have punched its first NCAA Tournament ticket by beating No. 7 Wisconsin 66-59 in Madison. ___ HIGHLIGHT REEL North Dakota State’s Khy Kabellis had one of the more improbable baskets of the season, blindly flipping it into the basket while trying to save it in front of Denver’s bench. One problem: The ball went into his own basket. North Dakota State still managed to win the game, 81-63, though Kabellis took some serious ribbing from his teammates.
If #MarchMadness started today…These would be your Top 16 Overall Seeds! #BracketPreview pic.twitter.com/aHF36W84Sg — NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) February 11, 2017
___ SHOCKERS RISE This could be the week Wichita State works its way back into the poll. The Shockers have been on a roll, stretching their winning streak to eight games with Sunday’s victory over Loyola, Ill. Wichita State (23-4, 13-1 MVC) took control of the Missouri Valley Conference by crushing Illinois State 86-45. The Shockers should be in good position to move into the poll after No. 19 South Carolina, No. 20 Saint Mary’s, No. 21 Maryland, No. 22 Butler and No. 24 Xavier all lost. ___ FRESHMAN SPOTLIGHT Jonathan Isaac, Florida State. The Seminoles (21-5, 9-4 ACC) were the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Regional in the selection committee’s mock draft and Isaac has been a big reason for their success. The athletic 6-foot-10 forward is Florida State’s second-leading scorer at 12.7 points per game and leads with 7.7 rebounds. Isaac is shooting 52 percent from the field, 35 percent from beyond the 3-point arc and holds his own at the defensive end, leading the Seminoles with 34 blocked shots. And like ZAGS on Facebook
One of the craziest plays you'll ever see 😳 pic.twitter.com/UAcrPCH3hp— ESPN College BBall (@ESPNCBB) February 12, 2017