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2007-2008 Clemson Tigers

Record: 22-8 (10-6, 3rd place ACC) Quality Wins: @ Mississippi St, Purdue, Miami, Virginia Tech Key Losses: Charlotte, @ FSU, @ Georgia Tech, UNC (2) NCAA Tournament Status: LOCK Strengths: Clemson is a very athletic, active team. They play great defense as a team, constantly pressing and recovering to stop any fastbreaks that might occur… more »

Duke Blue Devils

Record: 26-4 (13-3, 2nd place ACC) Key Wins: Wisconsin, Marquette, Clemson, @ North Carolina Key Losses: N-Pittsburgh, @ Wake Forest, @ Miami, North Carolina NCAA Tournament Status: LOCKStrengths: The 2007-2008 version of the Blue Devils spread the floor and penetrate for easy buckets or kick-outs for open three-pointers. This team frequently has five players on… more »

2007-2008 North Carolina Tar Heels

Record: 29-2 (14-2, 1st place ACC) Quality Wins: @ Kentucky, @ Ohio St, Clemson (2), @ Duke Key Losses: Maryland, Duke NCAA Tournament Status: LOCK Strengths: Tyler Hansbrough, Wayne Ellington, Ty Lawson, etc. In short, North Carolina has an incredible amount of talent. Hansbrough is one of two leading candidates for National Player of the… more »

Virginia Tech Hokies

Record: 18-12 (9-7, 4th place ACC) Key Wins: UNC Asheville, Maryland (2), Wake Forest Key Losses: @ Old Dominion, @ Richmond, @ Penn St, @ NC State NCAA Tournament Status: Bubble Strengths:  Virginia Tech is a versatile team.  Every player can play multiple positions, allowing them to matchup defensively against most any team.  AD Vassallo… more »

Team Profile: 2008 BracketBuster Recap: Creighton 65, Oral Roberts 64

The Creighton Bluejays survived a tough road test at Summit League-leading Oral Roberts, pulling out a 65-64 victory. The contest remained close the entire way, with Creighton leading by one at halftime and maintaining the margin only after a last-second defensive stand. Oral Roberts’ only lead of the entire game came just before halftime after… more »

Team Profile: 2008 BracketBuster Preview: Creighton vs Oral Roberts

Television: Saturday, February 23, 2008, 3:00pm EST – ESPN2One of the original concepts of the BracketBuster series was to provide exposure to mid-major schools that do not otherwise get it. Many schools have benefited from said exposure over the last few years, as bracket gurus and average fans alike have tuned in to check out… more »

Nebraska vs. Arizona State

Second-year coach Herb Sendek’s Arizona State Sun Devils have started the year off eager to show off their growth after the pains of last season. Sendek’s squad suffered through an 8-22 season, including a 14-game losing streak. Close losses plagued the Sun Devils, as its youth showed in late-game situations. Five games into the 2007-2008… more »

Colorado vs. Stanford

Stanford enters its trip to Boulder with a 7-1 record, including a loss at Siena. The Cardinal are coming off a disappointing end to their season last year, as they were blown out by Louisville in the first round of the NCAA Tournament after squeaking in as an 11-seed. Looking to be led by the… more »

Missouri vs California

Mike Anderson’s Missouri Tigers will compete a bit under the radar in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series. Not only nationally, but within the Mizzou fanbase. Why? A little football game versus the Oklahoma Sooners in which Missouri is playing for the right to play for the national title. That game aside, Missouri has a chance… more »

Washington State vs Baylor

Both Washington State and Baylor enter their second-ever meeting as programs on the rise, with bright young coaches they must work hard to keep in place. The undefeated Cougars are ranked sixth in the nation, the highest ranking in school history. Tony Bennett’s team is led by the duo of Derrick Low and Kyle Weaver…. more »

Kansas State vs Oregon

Ernie Kent’s Oregon Ducks enter this matchup with aspirations of winning the Pac-10 Title. And why not? The team returns the nucleus from last season’s Elite Eight squad, which was eliminated by the eventual national champion Florida Gators. Maarty Leunen anchors the Ducks in the post, leading the team in rebounding and second on the… more »

Big 12/Pac 10 Hardwood Series Preview

The 2007-2008 college basketball season marks the commencement of the next great inter-conference made-for-TV matchup: Big 12/Pac 10 Hardwood Series. That’s right, get ready to renew a historic rivalry between two leagues who have battled it out for decades (especially since the Big 12 is but twelve years old). Get ready for the bitter hatred… more »

Butler Bulldogs

General Info: The Butler Bulldogs are a mid-major squad that has been on the national radar since November following their NIT Tip-Off Championship. The Bulldogs opened the season like a house afire, defeating Notre Dame, Indiana, Tennessee, and Gonzaga on their way to the title. Add in a win over Purdue and it’s a pretty… more »

ACC Tournament Day 1&2 Recap

Summary: The first round of the ACC Tournament produced four lower seeds as victors. Florida State pulled out a one-point victory over fellow bubble team Clemson in the opening game. Miami followed that up with an upset of red-hot Maryland, controlling the game throughout and holding on for the win. The nightcap started with an… more »

2007 Virginia Tech Hokies

General Info: The Virginia Tech Hokies are enjoying their third season in the Atlantic Coast Conference after moving over from the Big East prior to the 2004-2005 season. Normally a football school, the greater Blacksburg, Virginia area has been injected with a sudden passion for college hoops. The Hokies are right in the thick of… more »

The ACC: America’s most Covered Conference

OK, who did it? Come on, don’t be scared–step forward. Who’s been monkeying with the Atlantic Coast Conference standings? There’s no way these are right.Well, hang on. Duke is 3-0 in league play and sitting at the top, so things must not be completely altered. But seriously, North Carolina and Georgia Tech are tied for second? Florida State and Clemson… more »

2007 Clemson Tigers

The Atlantic Coast Conference is known for its basketball prowess. For years, glory teams North Carolina, Duke, NC State, and Maryland have reigned supreme. In fact, prior to expansion, only one ACC team out of nine had never played in a Final Four.But of course, that was then. This is now. In a period of… more »

2006-2007 Preseason NIT Season Tip-Off

The 2006 Dick’s Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off field features eight teams who played in last year’s NCAA Tournament. From traditional powers Indiana and North Carolina to mid-major leaders Gonzaga and Winthrop, this tournament has a number of teams with high hopes at the start of the 2006-2007 season. The goal for each team involved… more »

Setting the Stage for the 2006 Final Four

It is finally here. The grandest stage, the big time. Two weeks worth of predictions, brackets, frustration, & exuberance. We are down to the last four teams of the NCAA Tournament and only one question remains:Who the heck is George Mason? Ole Georgie was a patriot who was close friends with George Washington. But he… more »

Team Profile: 2006 BracketBuster Recap: Missouri State 72, Wisconsin-Milwaukee 63

US Cellular Arena, Milwaukee, Wisc. Early in the first half, he Missouri State Bears grabbed a 7-6 lead that they would not relinquish in their BracketBuster matchup at Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Mo State never looked back en route to an important road victory. Junior guard Blake Ahearn led the Bears with 18 points, and junior Nathan Bilyeu… more »

Team Profile: A History of the BracketBuster

Bracketography Staff Writer Kyle Winchester takes a look at the success of previous BracketBuster participants with respect to their NCAA Tournament Selection hopes and Tournament successes.

Team Profile: 2006 BracketBuster Preview: Northern Arizona at Western Kentucky

The Lumberjacks come into this match-up leading the Big Sky Conference with an 18-7 (10-1 Big Sky) record. Northern Arizona started off league play with eight straight victories, propelling them to the top of the conference. A loss at Eastern Washington ended what was then the longest winning streak in the nation at ten games…. more »

Setting the Coast “A-Buzz”

He was the coach with the perfect pedigree.Won a national title as a player. Close friends with the greatest player ever. Played for one of the best coaches ever. Became an assistant coach at a major conference school. Coached at an up-and-coming program for a year, leading them to the NIT Title. A hot candidate… more »

Colonial NCAA Tournament Teams

There are compelling storylines throughout college basketball season: holiday tournaments, non-conference showdowns, the grind of league play.But seriously, we know what it’s really all about: March.. In March, all the pre-season hype does not matter. In March, the arguments over the best teams, the best conferences, and the best players are moot. In March, some… more »

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