The latest NBC Sports Bracketology can be found here. And with that, the Hokies will no longer be on the bubble when we do this again next week. The Cavaliers have to play much better in their remaining games in order to even come close to fulfilling Williams' prediction.
By itself, Saturday's loss shouldn't hurt the Cavaliers.
Virginia's success this season can be attributed to the team's defense.
Virginia was a 12-point favorite on Saturday, and rightfully so. Scoring leader Kyle Guy finished 3 for 14 from beyond the arc, and Jerome was 1 for 10. That was against Baylor at home. They will need to find their hot shooters and ride with them for the entire 40 minutes. Ty Jerome made both baskets for the Cavaliers, and the sophomore had a chance to win with a three-pointer from National Basketball Association distance - well within his range - but the shot bounced off the front iron as the buzzer sounded in regulation.
Before Saturday's game, ESPN's Joe Lunardi had the Hokies in the NCAA Tournament as a No. 10 seed, while Jerry Palm of CBS had Tech as a No. 11 seed in one of the play-in games. Their only Quadrant 3 loss came on a neutral against IL in the Bragging Rights game. They are now just 2-8 against Quadrant 1 foes with no losses to teams outside the top two Quadrants.
College Gameday heads to Charlottesville this weekend, as No. 2 Virginia (23-1, 12-0) puts its undebeaten ACC record on the line against in-state rival Virginia Tech (17-7, 6-5). This thing is doable for the Fighting Scott Drews. Four players scored in double figures for the Cavaliers as they snapped their two-game losing streak at Cassell Coliseum. Play confident on defense because you've got your teammate's back on the other end. Despite the loss, UVA still owns a 2 ⁄2-game lead over Clemson in the ACC standings. "I thought that the free throws were going to go in".
MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE (RPI: 28, KenPom: 45, NBC seed: 11): It's simple with Middle Tennessee: They can not lose a game unless it is to Western Kentucky in the Conference USA tournament if they want a real chance at being an at-large team.
Kenya, Ethiopia thwart Nigeria hopes for Lagos marathon
In his address at the marathon, host governor Akinwumi Ambode pledged to train Nigerian athletes to ensure a home victory in two years.
"They're never going to beat themselves", Williams said. They did. I think Temple needs to go at least 4-1 down the stretch to get a bid. No. 1 was not meant to be.
"It's been more of an emphasis on holding one another accountable", Williams said. Then Jerome had a heave to win the game, but fell up short. The Friars are still in a good spot, but they have more work to do than they did 24 hours ago.
Virginia's basketball team will look to feed off this electric crowd and grab the number one ranking from Villanova who just recently lost at home to the St. John's Red Storm. So this isn't the killer for Marquette you might think it is, but the Golden Eagles certainly need to start stacking some wins and quick.
Blackshear scored on a putback with 5.8 seconds left, just his third basket of the game, to give the Hokies the upset, ending the Cavaliers' 16-game home winning streak and likelihood of replacing Villanova atop the Top 25 when it is released on Monday. After coming back from 12 down in the final 90 seconds, Mississippi State was whistled for an offensive foul on a would-be game-winning three that went in. If they can do that, they could end up No. 1 when it really counts-in early April. He was a nonexistent factor in their first matchup against Virginia, shooting two of eight and missing all three of his three-pointer, only scoring four points total.
BUTLER (RPI: 34, KenPom: 21, NBC seed: 9): Butler is sitting in a pretty good spot right now. Teams with athletic guards can challenge Virginia's 3-point shooters. If Butler goes 2-3 down the stretch, they should probably be in with room to spare.
Twice UVa would get the lead, and twice they'd give it away.