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Breakfast buffet: Notre Dame's winning without Harangody

Jeff Eisenberg
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• How about Notre Dame? Deader than dead just a week ago after three straight losses without injured Luke Harangody, the Irish (19-10, 8-8) have pulled a UConn, rising from the ashes with victories over Pittsburgh and Georgetown to resuscitate their NCAA tournament hopes. Notre Dame's no shoo-in yet and Harangody's still not healthy, but an Irish win in either of their next two keeps them in the conversation entering the Big East tournament.

• Since Illinois still needs another win or two to secure an NCAA tournament berth and it finishes the season with Ohio State and Wisconsin next week, Saturday's 62-60 home loss to Minnesota may prove to be devastating on Selection Sunday. "There really is no explanation for it," junior Bill Cole said. "We have to have our backs up against the wall. We gave ourselves a chance a couple of weeks ago and we're not taking advantage."

• Buzzer beater worth watching, No. 1: Check out video of Evansville's Denver Holmes spoiling senior day at Drake with a double-clutch left-wing three at the buzzer to give the Purple Aces a road upset. Evansville had defeated Drake on a half-court shot a year ago in similar circumstances.

• Buzzer beater worth watching, No. 2: Check out video of Arizona freshman MoMo Jones banking in a 16-footer at the buzzer to snap the Wildcats' three-game losing streak and beat Stanford at the buzzer. Fellow Arizona freshman Derrick Williams made it possible by blocking Jack Trotter's layup attempt a few seconds earlier at the other end.

• Whatever margin for error Florida had after beating Tennessee this week vanished in a hurry with a 72-70 upset loss at Georgia on Saturday afternoon. Dan Werner passed up a wide-open 15-footer that could have tied the game and the Gators failed to get a shot off, leaving them still needing another victory or two to feel confident about their NCAA tournament hopes with only Kentucky and Vanderbilt left before the SEC tournament.

• Rhode Island has a history of falling out of the NCAA tournament picture with late-season swoons, but this February flop has been a doozie even by the Rams' lofty standards. They lost for the fourth time in five games on Saturday to hapless St. Bonaventure, falling to 8-6 in the Atlantic-10 and all but out of the contention for an at-large bid.

• When are people outside of the state of Kansas going to start taking Kansas State for real? In a trap game against one of the better teams in the Big 12, the Wildcats held off Missouri for a gritty 63-55 victory, keeping hopes of a No. 1 seed alive heading into Wednesday's showdown with top-ranked Kansas in Lawrence.

• Between the broken water main that delayed its game almost three hours and a double overtime 104-100 loss to Maryland that damaged its NCAA tournament hopes, it was a tough day to be from Virginia Tech on Saturday. Three consecutive losses have left Virginia Tech back on the bubble as a result of its tissue-soft non-conference schedule with games against NC State and Georgia Tech next week.

• For a few fleeting moments, Cincinnati looked like it was in position to take down West Virginia and follow in the footsteps of conference rivals Notre Dame and UConn with a late-season surge to get back into NCAA tournament contention. Alas, the Bearcats could not maintain their lead in the second half, falling 74-68 to former coach Bob Huggins' Mountaineers to drop further off the bubble heading into the final week of the season.

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