-HOUSTON AT ARIZONA. Houston won this one last year and appears to have the potential to be a good team once again, but havent performed up to their expectations so far. This would really turn their season around, but Arizona is very tough to beat, especially on the road. Arizona is on pace to make the pod system right now.
-SOUTHERN ILLINOIS AT INDIANA. Southern Illinois is off to a pretty good start, but this would still be a nice road win for them. Indiana has been playing better, but still doesnt have a win against a team as good as SIU, so this would be a big OOC win for them as well. Both teams play good defense, so it should be exciting.
-LSU AT OREGON STATE. Oregon State can be tough to beat at home, but they havent faced anyone as strong as LSU yet. It would be a nice out of conference road win for the Tigers if they pull it off.
-WAKE FOREST AT VIRGINIA TECH (ACC). This is an early season conference game for both teams. Both appear to be on the outside looking in as far as making the tournament goes, but both still have the opportunity to play their way into the picture if they do well in the ACC, so this one is important in that aspect.
-Kansas State, Wichita State and New Mexico are all beginning play in the Las Vegas Classic, but are all facing some of the weakest teams in college hoops. The quality of competition will pick up once they begin facing each other.
-SACRED HEART AT BOSTON COLLEGE. Sacred Heart has played several top level teams this year and hasnt looked that bad, but they are likely little match for BC today. A win gets BC to 7-2.
-SAINT MARYS AT CONNECTICUT. A win gets Connecticut to 9-0 on the year.
-BELMONT AT ILLINOIS. Belmont is a respectable 6-2 and Illinois has struggled at times, but this still appears to be a big mismatch.
-IDAHO STATE AT OREGON. A huge mismatch. Oregon should have little trouble improving to 10-0.
-TX A&M CORPUS CHRISTI AT UNLV. UNLV is coming off their major upset win against Nevada and will face one of the better teams from the Southland Conference today.
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...