Here's how the "major" mid-major conferences fared in their Bracketbuster games:
The biggest individual winners of Bracketbuster weekend were Butler, St. Mary's and Siena. The Bulldogs solidified their at-large chances - and all but locked up an at-large bid if they need it - by winning easily at Davidson. The Gaels dominated Utah State for most of their game en route to their first big Patty Mills-less victory, while the Saints stated their case by cruising past Northern Iowa at home. The Saints were up 22 at the half over the much slower Panthers, before UNI hit some 3s late to make it close.
Overall, the Valley's 7-3 record in its Bracketbuster games was perhaps the biggest surprise. That record is little deceiving, though, when you consider that only one of the league's top three teams picked up a win (Creighton beat George Mason). The league's other two postseason hopefuls lost to teams from the MAAC - UNI to Siena and Illinois State to Niagara. The top of the Colonial also didn't fare that well - VCU lost at Nevada and Mason lost to Creighton - but Northeastern, Hoftstra, and ODU all won to help the Colonial to a respectable 8-4 record.
The MAC had the worst day of all the mid-major conferences. Buffalo lost at Vermont, Miami (OH) lost at Evansville, and Akron lost at Valparaiso, a team that had won just five games coming in.