Bracket Buster Coverage Archive

Team Profile: Charleston 85, George Mason 83

This was a matchup of two teams trending in opposite directions. In one of the more entertaining games of the BracketBuster weekend, Charleston came away with a tough 85-83 road victory for its sixth win out of seven. George Mason, loser of five of six, must rebound and finish the last week of the conference… more »

Team Profile: Utah State 68, Wichita State 58

While much of the Eastern time zone slept Saturday night, the Utah State Aggies, one of the most unappreciated mid-major teams in America, added to one of the nation’s most impressive home records. Utah State defeated the Wichita State Shockers 68-58 at Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, increasing its home record to a staggering 105-7 since… more »

Team Profile: Louisiana Tech 70, Northeastern 67

You could feel the energy and the excitement as the hair rose on the back of your neck. The crowd as Matthews Arena was electric, its heart pounding with each shot. This Louisiana Tech-Northeastern game, my friends, had the feel of a NCAA Tournament game. And like the best NCAA Tournament games, it came down… more »

Team Profile: Northern Iowa 71, Old Dominion 62

The college basketball world got a sneak preview of Ali Farokhmanesh Friday night as Northern Iowa shoved away the Old Dominion Monarchs 71-62.  Farokhmanesh led all scorers with 23 points despite not having a single point at the half. UNI displayed both exceptional court balance and prudent patience.  The zone defense of Old Dominion was… more »

Team Profile: Old Dominion at Northern Iowa

Game Information: Old Dominion (20-7, 12-3 CAA) at Northern Iowa (22-3, 13-2 MVC) 7 p.m. ET, Friday, ESPN2/ESPN360.com About Old Dominion: 6’10″, 250 pound Gerald Lee leads the Monarchs at 14 points per game.  Surprisingly, Lee got in foul trouble against Georgetown’s Greg Monroe…and the Monarchs STILL won–if not a testament to the team’s depth,… more »

Team Profile: Wichita State at Utah State

Game Information: Wichita State (21-6, 10-5) at Utah State (20-6, 10-2), Midnight ET, Saturday, ESPN2/ESPN360.com About Wichita State: The Shockers come into this Bracketbuster game desperately needing a win to boost their at-large hopes for an NCAA Tournament bid. They have a tough task going into Logan against Utah State, which is 12-1 at home… more »

Team Profile: Louisiana Tech at Northeastern

Game Information: Louisiana Tech (20-5, 8-3 WAC) at Northeastern (17-9, 12-3 CAA) 1 p.m. ET, Saturday, ESPN2/ESPN360.com About Louisiana Tech: One year ago, Louisiana Tech went on the road in the Bracketbusters event and knocked off Murray State, 69-60. Nothing much was made of the victory because the Bulldogs were in the midst of a… more »

Team Profile: Saint Mary’s – Utah State Recap

Saint Mary’s 75, No. 23 Utah State 64 Patty Who? Okay, Patrick Mills has not been forgotten around McKeon Pavilion – not even close. But, after seven games, the Gaels are doing their best to show the Committee they are one of the 34 teams that deserve an at-large bid. “(Utah State) was going to… more »

Team Profile: Siena – Northern Iowa Recap

Siena 81, Northern Iowa 75 These Saints don’t come marching in–they run in, and they don’t stop. Siena (22-6) got its 18th win in a row at the Times-Union Center by making a lesser-athletic team play its style and adjust to its pace of play. While waiting for the Buffalo-Vermont contest to end, basketball fans… more »

Team Profile: VCU – Nevada Recap

Nevada 71, VCU 70 In many cases teams don’t play as well without their head coach.  That wasn’t the case on Friday night when Nevada coach Mark Fox was ejected with 8:20 to play with his Wolf Pack squad down close to double-digits.  Fox’s ejection, due to arguing with a questionable foul call, energized the… more »

Team Profile: Northeastern – Wright State Recap

Northeastern 69, Wright State 57 Imagine the reaction, the emotion felt crowdwide when a magician flubs his magic trick.  From heightened anticipation to equal parts disdain and unease.  The very same sequence repeated itself numerous times in Northeastern’s 69-57 victory over the host Wright State Raiders (16-12) Saturday morning. With WSU collectively playing the role… more »

Team Profile: Butler – Davidson Recap

Butler 75, Davidson 63 The Worldwide Leader in Sports got what it wanted when Stephen Curry, a gametime decision due to an ankle injury, suited up and stepped on the floor for the opening tip. Unfortunately for Davidson, Curry’s presence made little difference against Butler on ESPNU BracketBuster weekend. Butler went into Davidson on Saturday… more »

Team Profile: Portland St – Boise St Recap

Portland State 93, Boise State 81 Though this game had little impact on the NCAA Tournament, in terms of either potential at-large selections or seeding, it was huge for Portland State’s confidence.  Losers of four of their last seven in Big Sky Conference play, the Vikings sorely needed a W against a quality opponent. They… more »

Team Profile: Buffalo at Vermont Recap

Vermont 78, Buffalo 70 The visiting Bulls could do no wrong on offense during the game’s first eight minutes.  Normally-raucous Patrick Gymnasium sounded more like Patrick Library, as the Bulls’ offensive prowess and disruptive defense declawed the Catamounts on both ends of the floor and silenced the crowd early in the game. Senior PG Mike… more »

Team Profile: Illinois State – Niagara Recap

Niagara 70, Illinois State 56 No matter how much Illinois State chiseled at its lead, Niagara was not going to be denied on this night, in this game. In the opening act of the 2009 ESPNU Bracketbusters, the Purple Eagles sprinted out to a big lead in front of the faithful Gallagher Center crowd and… more »

Team Profile: Butler at Davidson Preview

Saturday, noon EST, ESPN Michael Buffer should do the pre-game introductions for this game, because the winner will be crowned the unofficial 2009 mid-major champion. Butler head coach Brad Stevens may have the best perspective on this game and how it affects his team trying to make another second weekend of madness run. Stevens told… more »

Team Profile: Utah State at Saint Mary’s Preview

Saturday, 5 P.M. EST, ESPN2 Utah State goes into St. Mary’s gymnasium desperate for a win. The visitors have to prove that they can win this game on the road even if the Gaels are still without star guard Patty Mills. Stew Morrill’s team had a 19-game winning streak before losing last week at Boise… more »

Team Profile: Northern Iowa at Siena Preview

Saturday, 3 P.M. EST, ESPN2 The contrasting-styles matchup of this year’s Bracketbuster event will take place in Loudonville, N.Y., where Northern Iowa comes to town with its slow-down, defensive, long-range shooting style to take on the Saints, who prefer games in the 80s. Look for 2008 MAAC Tournament MVP Kenny Hasbrouck to have a big… more »

Team Profile: Buffalo at Vermont Preview

Saturday, 1 P.M. EST, ESPN2 Buffalo is a team with a decent Tournament resume that is diminished by the atrocious Western Division of its own conference (six teams with RPI rankings from 214-323). Imagine if two months ago Bulls guard Rodney Pierce had not panicked at home against top-ranked Connecticut and opted to shoot for… more »

Team Profile: Northeastern at Wright State Preview

Saturday, 11 A.M. EST, ESPN2 Northeastern currently holds the tiebreaker over VCU for the top-seed in the Colonial Athletic Association Conference Tournament and the team doesn’t believe that VCU’s hometown advantage (the tournament is played in Richmond) diminishes that accomplishment. “We tell the kids that imagine being told in August that with three games left… more »

Team Profile: VCU at Nevada Preview

Friday, 9 p.m. EST, ESPNU The team most disappointed by its Bracketbuster matchup is probably Virginia Commonwealth. Consider its predicament: 1. 2,661 miles of travel, including a 6-hour plane ride 2. Its opponent is a team outside the RPI Top 100 (Nevada is No. 104 and a loser of three of its last six) 3…. more »

Team Profile: Illinois State vs. Niagara Preview

Friday, 7 p.m. EST, ESPN2 Illinois State was literally unbeatable through 14 games (14-0 start) and head coach Tim Jankovich was being called a miracle-worker by ESPN. The Redbirds were starting to pump their chests and chirp about BCS schools refusing to agree to home-and-home contracts, which would negatively affect their early season schedule. A… more »

Team Profile: 2009 Bracket Buster Announced

Sooo…I was waiting for word from the official Bracket Busters site on TV matchups before announcing this, but as that still hasn’t been published, here are the matchups for the 2009 Bracket Buster. Pending the TV announcement, Bracketography.com will continue its long-standing tradition of previewing and recapping each game with a significant influence, or possibly… more »

Team Profile: 2008 ACC-Big 10 Challenge Preview

Is 10 the lucky number for the Big 10? The tenth annual ACC-Big 10 Challenge tips off on Monday and the score is ACC 9, Big Ten 0. That’s right; the Big 10 has never won, and it has only been remotely competitive once since 2003 (losing 6-5 in 2005). Overall, the ACC is 56-30… more »

Team Profile: 2008 BracketBuster Recap: Illinois State 54, Wright State 46

On every team there are five guys that believe they can do better. They can score more points, make crazier passes, shutdown more opponents than the players who are actually on the floor. On the very best teams, there are one or two guys who truthfully can do better, if given the chance. Illinois State… more »

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