Bubble teams Villanova and Iowa State get big wins

Two college basketball results last night did not help Kentucky's NCAA Tournament cause.

First was Villanova's 67-57 win over Georgetown, a game in which the winning Wildcats took 42 free throws compared to eight for the Hoyas. The whistle aside, Georgetown leads the Big East standings. And Villanova already owns wins over Louisville and Syracuse. Jay Wright's club is just 19-12 overall, but it is now 10-8 in the Big East. It is 4-1 against Top 25 teams.

Dana O'Neil writes for espn.com:

It’s time to stop worrying about popping bubbles and instead pop the champagne on the Main Line.

Villanova is in the NCAA tournament.

No, I am not Mike Bobinski, nor did I stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night, but I feel fairly confident speaking on behalf of the NCAA tournament selection committee chair on this one.

Barring something apocalyptic (and if the apocalypse can happen in any college basketball season, I suppose it would be this one), Villanova is in the NCAA tournament.

Last night's other important result was Iowa State's 87-76 win over 13th-ranked Oklahoma State. The win raised the Cyclones' record to 20-10 overall and 10-7 in the Big 12. Coach Fred Hoiberg's club now has two wins over ranked teams, plus it took perennial power Kansas to overtime.

In the latest RPI, Iowa State is now No. 51. Kentucky slipped a spot back to No. 52.

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