-Xavier and Alabama were pretty much dead even until about eight minutes to go, then Bama switched to a zone and shut down Xaviers offense to go on to win. Villanova blew out Iowa in the third place game. All and all this was a very exciting tournament. Its too bad they didnt have a better television deal to get it more exposure.
-Duke jumped out to a big lead against Air Force and the Falcons never caught up. They got it as close as seven points on two occasions, but could never get any closer. Duke hit ten of their first twelve shots from the floor, which helped give them a big lead early. Marquette looked great against Texas Tech and won handily. The two will meet tonight in the championship game and Air Force will face Texas Tech in the third place game. Both should be good matchups. Air Force can still get a nice quality win in the third place game which would help out their profile.
-All of the favorites won fairly easily. Kentucky had some trouble with De Paul, but UCLA, Memphis and Georgia Tech won pretty convincingly. Kentucky will face UCLA tonight and Georgia Tech will face Memphis. This tournament could really help Memphis out because they dont have a lot of high quality teams in their conference, so its important for them to get statement wins early.
-MISSISSIPPI STATE AT CLEMSON. Clemson is off to a 5-0 start and has a pretty good win against Old Dominion. Mississippi State is 2-1, but a win in this game would really give them a boost. Both these teams are looking to make a case for themselves early, and a win would certainly help them out.
-IOWA STATE AT MINNESOTA. Both teams are unbeaten, but for the most part they are also untested. If either team wants to make a case for themselves this win would help a lot. Both will have plenty of opportunities at big wins later on, but this one still means a lot.
-KANSAS STATE AT NEW MEXICO. Both teams are unbeaten and both have looked very good so far. I wouldnt be surprised if at least one of them wound up in the NCAA Tournament. With that in mind this is a big early season game for two teams that are trying to solidify themselves a spot. Both of these teams are quality teams who are trying to build a resume, and a win here goes a long way in accomplishing that. Kansas State has the Big Twelve to look forward to, but New Mexico doesnt have that many opportunities at big time wins, so this one is important to them.
-BUCKNELL AT PENN STATE. Bucknell, who many believed to be a tournament caliber team, is still looking for their first win. Penn State is 2-1, but they face a Bucknell team who is better than their record and will have a hard time beating them.
-FLORIDA A&M AT BRADLEY. Bradley has a huge rebuilding job ahead of them, but they are 2-0. FAMU is still looking for their first win.
-WOFFORD AT CINCINNATI. Cincinnati is one of the many unbeaten, but untested teams. They wont be tested today. A win gets them to 4-0.
-PRARIE VIEW A&M AT FLORIDA. Florida has not been tested at all this year. A win gets them to 5-0. Their next opponent is Western Kentucky, who is much better than anyone theyve faced so far.
-ARKANSAS PINE BLUFF AT FRESNO STATE. A win for Fresno gets them to 5-0, which is a good start for a team who is rebuilding from NCAA probation sanctions.
-SOUTH CAROLINA STATE AT GEORGIA. Georgia needs to rebound from their loss to Western Kentucky. A win gets them to 2-1.
-SAVANNAH STATE AT ILLINOIS. Savannah State is undefeated this year, but they have not faced an opponent anywhere near the caliber of Illinois. A win gets Illinois to 5-0. They are one of the many unbeaten and untested teams.
-VERMONT AT MICHIGAN STATE. Vermont has a big upset win against Boston College, but has also looked bad in a few of their games. Depending on which Vermont team shows up this could be a tough opponent for Michigan State. A win gets MSU to 5-1.
-UC IRVINE AT NEVADA. A win gets Nevada to 3-0 against div1 teams.
-VALPARAISO AT NORTH CAROLINA STATE. Both these teams are 2-0, but NC State clearly appears to be the better team. It would be a huge upset for Valpo if they could pull it off, it isnt all that likely to happen. NC State hasnt really been tested yet.
-UC RIVERSIDE AT SAN DIEGO STATE. A win gets SDSU to 4-0 and keeps them in good shape as far as the current bracket picture is concerned.
-NICHOLLS STATE AT TEXAS. Nicholls State is 0-5 and will likely end up being 0-6. A win for Texas gets them to 4-1.
-VANDERBILT AT WAKE FOREST. Wake has a good win over Bucknell. Although they are unbeaten, they still have a lot of work to do in order to convince people theyre a tournament caliber team. Vandy is 0-1 on the year.
-IDAHO STATE AT WASHINGTON STATE. Wazzu hasnt played anyone yet, but they are 5-0 and have looked good every time theyve taken the floor. This could be the year they finally bust through and make the NCAA Tournament.
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...