Author Archive - Chris Mackinder

Team Profile: 2007 BracketBuster Recap: Bradley 73, VCU 64

Bradley 73, VCU 64 Fírmate aquí. In English, the Spanish phrase means, “sign here.” On Saturday, Bradley signed next to the BracketBusters victory line. Now they have a great chance to sign their ticket to the Big Dance. Score another one for the Missouri Valley Conference. While this year’s “least appreciated conference” seemingly has been… more »

Big 10 Second Half Preview

It’s officially a two-team show. Wisconsin and Ohio  State, as it was presumed in the preseason, are indeed the class of the Big Ten. Both teams have the talent, the coaching and the not-so-tough second-half schedules to make a run at the Big Ten Championship. The only other team that has a realistic shot is… more »

2006-2007 Michigan State Spartans

Team personality: When talking about the personality of a Tom Izzo-coached team, there are only two words to describe the squad: Toughness and rebounding. Still stuck in a five-year drought (and counting) since his team’s last Big Ten Championship, Izzo is determined to raise another banner in the Breslin Center rafters. He knows that will… more »

2006-2007 Paradise Jam

For four teams, playing in the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam Men’s Basketball Tournament is nothing more than a vacation. Each team could win a game, one likely will win two. But none is expected to win an opening-round game, let alone made much noise on the island. On the other hand, four other teams… more »

Don’t Sleep on the Michigan State Spartans

INDIANAPOLIS – There aren’t many teams with as many question marks as Michigan State. The Spartans – a preseason Final Four pick and national champion selection by The Sporting News – are one of the bracket’s most intriguing enigmas.Many feel Michigan State can reach the Final Four, a feat which would mark a fifth in… more »

Bracketography at the 2006 Big Ten Tournament

Conseco Fieldhouse – IndianapolisPenn State 60, Northwestern 42 The patrons were sparse in the stands at Conseco Fieldhouse for this noon tip-off. But the people there were definitely fans as this was the only game in the 10-game Big Ten Tournament that was basically meaningless. Neither the Nittany Lions nor Wildcats are NCAA Tournament bound… more »

Big East Sleeper Teams

West Virginia’s 2005 Big East Tournament was magical. Which Big East team will feel the same magic in 2006? That is the big question heading into Madison Square Garden for the Big East Conference Tournament.Last season, West Virginia struggled through the season and had an 18-9 overall record and an 8-8 mark in conference play…. more »

Team Profile: 2006 BracketBuster Recap: Utah State 66, Northwestern State 63

Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, Logan, Utah Utah State was staring into a mirror, the word NIT seemingly scribbled in red crayon. For that would have been the Aggies’ fate had they lost their BracketBuster matchup with Northwestern State and failed to win the Western Athletic Conference Tournament. Despite the ominous situation, Utah State rallied behind… more »

Team Profile: 2006 BracketBuster Preview: Northwestern State at Utah State

For the Utah State Aggies, it was a haven, a sanctuary, a safe harbor. The walls of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum were a protective shield. That’s right–were, until Saturday night. For the first time this season, Utah State suffered a loss in its home arena, making the rest of its games in Logan, Utah,… more »

Big Ten Fans in for a Wild Ride

If you’ve been following the games in the Big Ten recently, you’re probably in need of some Dramamine.The most wide-open race in college basketball is getting hotter and hotter each week and there are no signs that it will slow down between now and Selection Sunday. Illinois, Michigan and Iowa all top the league at… more »

Meet Chris

Check Out More Staff Articles:

Or, Browse By Category: