In World Cup news, the United States got through to the round of 16 today and pseudochamp breathed a huge sigh of relief.  USA!

Last Night
#14 Emory and Henry 75   #10 Whittier 72
This was an exciting 1 point game at the half and it stayed close throughout the second as the two teams traded the lead several times.  The home team got a bucket to cut the lead to 72-71 with just over a minute left but Emory and Henry held them to just a single free throw the rest of the way.  E&H also scored just a lay-in and a lone free throw of their own but the locked-down defense was enough to do the trick and they escaped with a big road victory.  E&H and bclark moved up a couple spots in the rankings with the win while Whittier and windixies dropped five after their second loss.

Also considered: #4 Willamette defended the home court against #7 Dickinson 87-77, #8 Millsaps took care of Penn St. Altoona 80-55, #23 Ohio Wesleyan jumped into the rankings after upsetting #18 Sewanee 83-78, #9 Chapman won a close one with Occidental 52-46, #13 Emmanuel survived a scare from UMass Dartmouth 59-56, Johnson and Wales knocked Wittenberg from the rankings with a 94-83 road win, #17 US Merchant Marines used a late 3pt play to nip Dallas 62-60, and #16 Palm Beach Atlantic got past Allegheny 62-54.

Sim blowout watch: It was a low-ish spread but Clark became our first blowout victim of the year by falling to #12 Vassar 58-99 while in happier news, Wisconsin Eau Claire easily covered against #3 Susquehanna 52-66.

#6 Webster (7-1)(mschulte24) at #9 Chapman (7-1)(shine06)
Who wins a battle between a Gorlok and a Panther?  We'll find out tonight in a nice matchup between top ten St. Louis and Northwest conference teams.  Both have a single loss but have looked impressive so far, the odds-makers have it as an even pick.

Also considered: #7 Dickinson at #2 Lynchburg, #24 Emory at #14 Emory and Henry (BATTLE OF THE EMORY'S!!), #23 Ohio Wesleyan at #20 Christopher Newport, #3 Susquehanna at Wentworth Tech, #4 Willamette at Suffolk, #8 Millsaps at Greensboro, Penn St. Altoona at #11 S. Vermont, #15 Menlo at W. New England, and #19 Babson at Maryville

Sim blowout watch: Now this is what I'm looking for, winless Johns Hopkins is getting a big 63 points at home as they face #21 Wisconsin La Crosse.