When the SEC decided to institute the rediculous "No rushing the field of play" rule a few years, many folks wondered how timid would SEC students be if they tried to do it? Well when South Carolina deep-sixed Kentucky in Columbia last night, they made it a trickle at first, then turned it into an all-out rush. Particularly since they had just been treated to a one-man circus shot parade by Devon Downey. In terms of the bracket, the Gamecocks aren't probably going to have a sniff at the bubble, and while Kentucky won't be the top seed overall next week, they should be able to stay a #1 seed, especially if they can beat Vanderbilt on Saturday.
Tar Heel fans, you can step away from the cliff, for now at least. Six days off was just what North Carolina needed to revive itself, and they did just that, controlling a hungry NC State team 77-63 for their first true road win this season. Now that doesn't mean the Heels are home scott-free. They have to head back home to face a suprising Virginia team if they are to move up substansially away from the cut line. Elswhere in the ACC: Maryland throttled Miami 81-59, while Clemson fell at Boston College 75-69.
A key bubble battle in the Big Ten fell the way of Minnesota as they outdueled Northwestern(and once again proved the fallacy of those getting on the Wildcat bandwagon) 65-61 at Williams Arena. This is key, since the Gophers lost Al Nolen to academic issues last Friday. Meanwhile, Michigan State continues it's life of living dangerously, beating Michigan 57-56 on another Jai Lucas game-winner.
Elsewhere, Kansas State edged Baylor 76-74 in Big 12 play, Rhode Island edged Dayton 65-64 at the UD Arena, UNLV got a scare from the Air Force before winning 60-50, West Virginia cruised at DePaul 62-46, Marquette pounded Rutgers into a pulp, 82-59, and Washington took out it's frustrations on Seattle 123-76.