Sunday, February 22, 2009

A Quick Bracketbuster Recap

Here's how the "major" mid-major conferences fared in their Bracketbuster games:

WCC 2-0
MVC 7-3
Colonial 8-4
MAAC 6-4
WAC 5-4
Horizon 5-5
MAC 4-8

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.


Jakob Kagel said...

I have a question for you, do you think that the A-10, MWC and C-USA (not to mention Sun Belt) should participate in the Bracket Busters event?

Bracketology 101 said...

If those conferences participated it would surely make the BracketBuster interesting on a yearly basis. If the Colonial or MVC are "down" like this year then the BracketBuster really loses a lot of its luster. There is no chance that the MWC will ever participate, but they have partnered up with the MVC starting next season for a MWC-MVC challenge. I don't think the A-10 thinks the BracketBuster will help them. A-10 teams don't seem to have much trouble getting games against bigger conference teams prior to conference play starting. And C-USA would never get Memphis to sign up for the BrackerBuster.

Jakob Kagel said...

Well I mean Gonzaga doesn't either.....I think the A-10 could definatly benefit if they dominated the event, like they should....MVC will still be in BB next year

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