-UAB AT OLD DOMINION. UAB is coming off a loss to a very good VCU team, who is consequently Old Dominions biggest conference rival. Old Dominion is a respectable 7-3 with no losses that are overly damaging and they even have a win against Georgetown. The problem is that none of their other wins have been that good and their chances to get them from here on out will be few and far between. For that reason, any loss is going to be damaging.
-MISSOURI STATE AT SAINT LOUIS. Great matchup here. Missouri State is 8-1 with some very good wins and their only loss coming to an outstanding Oklahoma State team in overtime. Saint Louis is 7-2, but hasnt looked quite as good. They recently fell to Southern Illinois and this would easily be their biggest win of the year so far and go a long way toward making a case that they are a tournament team. With the Atlantic Ten not being all that strong, Saint Louis needs a big win or two on their resume and this is as good a chance as any for them to get one.
-OKLAHOMA STATE VS TENNESSEE. Oklahoma State is unbeaten and although they are only ranked in the teens right now, they appear to be one of the best teams in the country. Tennessee has been playing outstanding basketball lately after looking inconsistent at the beginning of the season. They just got a good win against Western Kentucky, and knocked off Memphis before that, so they are hot right now. The game is being played in Nashville, so even though its technically a neutral site it will definitely be a pro-Tennessee crowd. It would be a huge win for either team, because the way both have been playing it is likely that both will contend for a very good seeding, and a win in this game will go a long way.
-HIGH POINT AT FLORIDA STATE. The Seminoles are off to a good start and shouldnt have any trouble improving to 9-2 with a win tonight.
-CENTENARY AT GEORGIA TECH. Georgia Tech has lost three out of four and hasnt looked all that impressive lately, despite being very talented. Still, they should have no trouble winning this game.
-ALABAMA STATE AT MISSISSIPPI STATE. Mississippi State is 7-2, but has no impressive wins yet. They should improve to 8-2 after tonight.
-NORFOLK STATE AT UNLV. At the time Im writing this, UNLV has a lead over TX A&M Corpus Christi in the second half. Assuming they win that, they can improve to 8-2 with a win in this game.
NEWS AND NOTES
-My new bracket projections should be up at some time late tomorrow morning.
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...