NEWS AND NOTES
-This week's bracket projections were posted yesterday. If you haven't seen them yet, it's posted in the article below this one.
-The Bracket Buster match-ups were announced yesterday. I think they should at least wait another week before pairing the teams because there is a lot of basketball to be played between now and the Buster.
I like a lot of the match-ups. Its unfortunate that VCU and New Mexico State didnt get better opponents. New Mexico State in particularly really would have benefited from a strong opponent because a win against Ohio isnt the kind of strong statement win that they need. VCU is facing Bradley, who looks to be a bubble team right now so its not a horrible match-up, but they probably would have preferred playing someone a little bit more solid.
No real surprises among the top teams. Southern Illinois is at Butler, Northern Iowa is at Nevada, and Drexel is at Creighton.
-UNLV AT COLORADO STATE (Mountain West). Colorado State has been tough to beat at home this year and they should be up for this one, but UNLV is clearly the superior team. As it stands now they are in good shape for a bid and will remain that way barring a major collapse.
-MARYLAND AT FLORIDA STATE (ACC). Maryland is just 2-4 in conference play, and their schedule isnt getting any easier with their next two games being on the road, so a win here would really help them out. Florida State is right on the bubble and really needs wins at this point to solidify their resume. Both these teams need this one.
-MICHIGAN STATE AT ILLINOIS (Big Ten). Both of these teams have played well at home, but struggled on the road. Michigan State appears to be in much better shape than Illinois, but they could still use some road wins on their resume to boost their profile. Illinois still appears to be outside the bubble at this point and needs some quality wins to help out their resume. They are just 3-6 in their last nine games, which isnt good enough.
-WICHITA STATE AT NORTHERN IOWA (Missouri Valley). Wichita State has won two in a row, which means theyre going in the right direction, but they need to win a few more to get back into the bracket picture. Winning this one against a Northern Iowa team that is in the tournament mix would certainly help. Northern Iowa needs a big win as well. They are right on the bubble after losing four of their last six and need to string together some wins if they want to be safe for an at-large bid.
-NOTRE DAME AT SYRACUSE (Big East). Syracuse is coming off a loss against Louisville where they led most of the game, but fell apart at the end. Theyve been playing pretty well at home, though, and with the type of team they have that loss to Louisville will probably motivate them more than anything else. Notre Dame really needs some road wins, because all their big wins have come at home. A big road win like this is just the kind of thing they need to improve their resume.
-GEORGIA TECH AT WAKE FOREST (ACC). Georgia Tech has lost three in a row and needs to take care of business on the road against a Wake team that is among the worst in the conference. As cutthroat as the ACC is, Tech cant afford to lose games like this because it makes it even more difficult to keep pace with the rest of the tournament hopeful teams in the conference.
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...