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Pitt and Texas Lose, St. John's Continues to Rise

The St. John’s Red Storm and head coach Steve Lavin continue to roll up big wins. St. John’s knocked off Pittsburgh today 60-59 at Madison Square Garden when Dwight Hardy hit a lay up coming along the baseline and back under the rim with 1 second left. St. John’s has won 6 of their last 7 games, which include wins over Duke, Connecticut, and Pittsburgh at home, and Cincinnati and Marquette on the road.

With a pretty healthy 7-7 record against teams likely to be among the tournament’s top 50 teams, St. John’s has gone from being on the outside a month ago, to being a lower seed as late as a week and a half ago, to now threatening to get in as a higher seed (#5 or #6 range). I’ll have to break it down later, but with the wins over top teams and their recent surge, to go with an RPI in the top 20 before this game, St. John’s is flying up virtual March Madness boards.

Meanwhile, Texas became the second projected #1 seed to lose today, at Nebraska 70-67, in a game they trailed by more than that throughout, and managed a late rally to get even. Nebraska gets in the crowded conversation for a tournament spot with the win, going to 18-8 and 6-6 in conference.

Tonight’s games include Washington and Arizona meeting in a big game in the Pac-10, and the Bracket Busters showdowns: George Mason at Northern Iowa, and Utah State at St. Mary’s.

[photo via Getty]

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