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Sully's Court: Cal, Georgetown, Zags are rising

Posted by Joe Sullivan, Globe Staff  February 25, 2013 09:47 AM

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The Monday college basketball report while still lamenting the end of BracketBusters, which supplied another round of great games, most notably Montana-Davidson — two teams you will see in the NCAA Tournament.

Five rising:

California: The Golden Bears won two gritty games in Oregon this weekend by a total of three points. They’ve won five a row and seven of eight and are on the verge of making the field of 64.

Davidson: The Fightin’ Driesells pulled out a taunt BracketBusters game against Montana, winning in overtime, and have now won 12 straight and are a candidate as a NCAA first-round game to avoid. They play like you’d expect: Smartly, shooting well and tough defense.

Georgetown: The Hoyas ended Syracuse's 38-game home-court winning streak with a huge win Saturday, have won nine in a row and taken over first place in the Big East. The Hoyas were carried to victory by Otto Porter, the most likely Big East player of the year and someone who’s now a serious candidate for All-America.

Gonzaga: The Zags pummeled San Diego 81-50 Saturday and have won nine in a row. Their national ranking, which should be No. 2, is the highest in school history.

Memphis: The Tigers took care of business at home, beating the second-best team in CUSA, Southern Mississippi, 89-73 and have now won 18 in a row.

Five falling:

Cincinnati: The Bearcats have offensive problems, have lost five of six and fallen off the NCAA bubble.

Clemson: The Tigers were on the verge of huge upset against Miami last week but couldn’t close the game, losing 45-43, then got beat up at Maryland. They’ve now lost five of their last six.

Loyola Marymount: The Lions were supposed to be decent but it hasn’t turned out that way. After losing their second straight buzzer beater, they have lost 12 in a row and 14 of 16.

South Florida: The Bulls are a disaster; they’ve lost nine straight, 13 of 14 and fallen to the bottom of the Big East standings.

Washington State: A lost weekend in Arizona confirms the Cougars have fallen apart, losing eight in a row and find themselves in last place in the Pac 12.

The week’s George Mason (best mid-major): Akron. The Zips’ winning streak is now 18 games. Their BracketBuster matchup against North Dakota State was no contest.

The week’s Final Four: Indiana, Michigan, Duke, Saint Louis. Miami drops out after playing a trio of underachieving games and then losing at Wake Forest. Saint Louis is the best defensive team in the nation.

This week’s national champion: Indiana

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