-WHERES THE CROWD?? Maryland beat Vermont convincingly in front of a half empty house on their home floor. I know its early in the year, but Maryland usually gets excellent support. It wasnt as if this was a meaningless game either. A loss would have denied the Terps a chance to go to Madison Square Garden and face off against the likes of Texas, Michigan State and Saint Johns. Vermont looked good in their first game and should be a much improved team this year. They stayed with Maryland for most of the first half, but then just completely fell apart. Much of that collapse was due to Marylands defense. The Terps ended up winning 81-63, much to the delight of the hundreds of people in attendance.
Michigan State packed their gym, and actually had a little bit of trouble with Brown. The Bears cut the lead to 37-32 late in the second half, but couldnt get any closer. It was a defensive struggle, which is typical whenever a good Ivy League team is on the floor. Michigan State will face Youngstown State tonight in the quarterfinals, who walloped Chicago State 74-50.
The Texas Region gets underway today as well. Texas will face off against Alcorn State, and Chicago State will take on Saint Bonaventure. Texas blast their way through the region. Alcorn State isnt good, and Saint Bonaventure and Chicago State were among the 40 worst teams in div1 last year. Chicago State is an Independent this year, after having previously been a member of the MidCon.
The most exciting game of the day, and for that matter the season so far, was Hamptons 74-73 win over New Orleans in the consolation game of the Maryland Regional.
-The conference tournament information, which is linked at the top of the Bracket Express page, has been updated.
Highlighted Games for Sat 2/17: Bracket Buster Edt
Feb 16, 2007, 09:16 pm
Drew Barnette runs down one of the biggest Saturdays of the college basketball regular season. With the Bracket Buster teams being played today, read about who is on the bubble and could really improve their NCAA Tournament resumes with quality wins today. Also read about teams who are favored to win their conference tournaments, and who are facing each other in games that will have an impact on their seeding, and possibly put them in a better position to pull a big upset.
Other big games include Louisville looking for their second big road win in a row as they travel to Marquette, Vanderbilt plays one of their biggest home games of the year as they host Floirda, Georgetown and Villanova Square off in an important Big East showdown,
All that, and much more in a huge Saturday for college hoops...
Mid Major Ramblings on the Eve of the Buster
Feb 16, 2007, 01:20 am
Drew Barnette gives his thoughts and opinions about the upcoming Bracket Buster, talks about how he feels mid-majors are viewed by the media today, looks at tonight's big game between Winthrop and Missouri State, and more...