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Morning Madness: Friday, Feb. 24

  Ohio State topped No. 16 Wisconsin on Thursday night.

Here's what you need to know in college hoops for Friday, Feb. 24.

The absolute chaos of Wednesday night proved difficult to duplicate on Thursday, which made for a welcome breather of sorts. (Well, maybe not for Wisconsin.) This weekend, though, we ratchet up into full Madness mode.

In case you missed it

• No. 16 Wisconsin continues to struggle on the road, falling to Ohio State in Columbus 83-73 on Thursday. Five of the Badgers' six losses this year have come away from home — not a good sign heading into the postseason.

• No. 15 Cincinnati had no problem at home, handling Memphis 87-74. Perhaps the highlight of the night came from Cincinnati's Gary Clark, who threw down a one-handed, and-one alley-oop.

• Gonzaga is still unbeaten. The No. 1 Zags dismantled San Diego, 96-38, to go to 29-0. They wrap up their regular season at home Saturday against BYU and play their first game in the West Coast Conference tournament on March 4.

Full Thursday scoreboard

What to watch this weekend

• No ranked teams are playing tonight, though some big-win NCAA tournament hopefuls -- including Valparaiso (23-6), Oakland (22-7), Akron (22-6) and Dayton (22-5) -- are going at it. If you're looking for the big guys, this weekend has plenty in store.


• No. 4 Arizona vs. No. 5 UCLA: A top 5 matchup with high stakes. The Bruins are out for revenge after falling to Arizona 96-85 on Jan. 21. (8:15 ET, ESPN) 

• No. 2 Villanova vs. No. 23 Creighton: Both teams are coming off of upset losses, but don't have too high hopes for the Bluejays. Villanova hasn't lost back-to-back games since Mar. 22, 2013. (3 ET, FOX)

• No. 9 Baylor vs. Iowa State: Baylor took home a win in the first matchup, 65-63, but Iowa State has won five of its last six. (4 ET, ESPN)

• No. 10 Duke vs. Miami: The Blue Devils would like to forget their last game (one that ended on a banked-in, game-winning buzzer beater at Syracuse). Miami already has two wins against ranked opponents. (4 ET, CBS)

• No. 11 Kentucky vs. No. 13 Florida: In one of the top games of the week, this matchup might decide the SEC. (2 ET, CBS)


• No. 7 Louisville vs. Syracuse: The Cards look to rebound after a poor showing at North Carolina, while Syracuse still has dreams of a tournament invite. (2 ET, CBS)

• Georgia Tech at No. 21 Notre Dame: The Yellow Jackets, still scrambling for an invite of their own, won the first meeting on a last-second layin in Atlanta. The Irish want revenge. (6:30 ET, ESPU)

• No. 22 Butler vs. Xavier: The Bulldogs just pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the year by knocking off Villanova 74-66 to complete a season sweep of the Wildcats. Can they keep it going against Xavier, which has lost four in a row? (3:30, FS1)

Full Friday schedule | Saturday | Sunday

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inal Four in Phoenix: April 1-3


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