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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: 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: 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: 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 »

Team Profile: 2008 BracketBuster Recap: Drake 71, Butler 64

When Drake played Butler on Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, there was little drama regarding whether either of these teams was facing “Bubble” issues with the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee. This game was clearly about seeding. The marquee game of BracketBuster weekend lived up to the hype. In a game that made virtually every… more »

Team Profile: 2008 BracketBuster Recap: VCU 57, Akron 52

In a nationally televised BracketBuster game, one would have assumed Virginia Commonwealth’s Eric Maynor would have played a major factor – win or lose – in the Rams’ success. Ironically, Maynor was a shell of himself Saturday morning in front of 4,098 screaming fans at Rhodes Arena. Still, that didn’t stop VCU from making a… more »

Team Profile: 2008 BracketBuster Recap: Kent State 65, Saint Mary’s 57

The final contest of BracketBuster Saturday proved to be its most meaningful, as the Kent State Golden Flashes escaped St Marys’ McKeon Pavilion with a 65-57 win. The victory places Kent State squarely on the Bubble, and ensures that if the Golden Flashes are beaten in the Mid-American Conference Tournament, they’ll be one of the… more »

Team Profile: 2008 BracketBuster Recap: Southern Illinois 74, Nevada 49

An ordinarily mild-mannered Tyrone Green beaming with delight told the story for Southern Illinois’ homecourt 74-49 win over Nevada. The Kentucky-born guard had reason to smile, aside from his team’s nearly flawless performance. Guarding Marcelus Kemp, who attracted four NBA scouts to Carbondale, Green put on a defensive show. He got up in Kemp’s personal… more »

Team Profile: 2008 BracketBuster Recap: Davidson 60, Winthrop 47

Winthrop was 56-2 in its last 58 home games heading into Friday night. Davidson brought a 16-game winning streak into Rock Hill, South Carolina. Something had to give when the Eagles and Wildcats squared off inside Winthrop Arena in an opening-night BracketBruster showdown on ESPN2. Although Davidson star sophomore Stephen Curry endured one of the… 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 »

Team Profile: 2008 BracketBuster Preview: George Mason vs Ohio

George Mason head coach Jim Larranaga isn’t one to shy away from big games. After all, this is the same head coach that willed his team to the Final Four in 2006 with a hope, a prayer and a Jai Lewis. For George Mason, the game against Ohio on Saturday (1pm ET, ESPN2) is the… more »

Team Profile: 2008 BracketBuster Preview: Wright State at Illinois State

Quite the anomaly exists in western Ohio. The lowlands of Dayton are currently housing a Mountain Man. Wright State freshman Cooper Land began growing quite the beard over a month ago. Purely superstitious in its inception, the beard will not be shaven until Wright State loses. Last Saturday, it looked like the razor might finally… more »

Team Profile: 2008 BracketBuster Preview: Kent State vs St Mary’s

Perhaps one of the most telling statements about how impressive the 2007-08 season has been for Saint Mary’s is that Saturday’s BracketBuster tilt with Kent State (9pm PT, ESPN2) is only the fourth-biggest game that tiny McKeon Pavilion has hosted this year. Randy Bennett’s team has knocked off Drake, Oregon, and Gonzaga in Moraga (along… more »

Team Profile: 2008 Bracket Buster Preview: Nevada vs. Southern Illinois

Southern Illinois was left for dead early on. Once it became apparent that the Salukis lacked their traditionally adequate scoring punch, national media jumped ship. The eyes SIU had attracted in the last couple of years looked elsewhere, searching for the next mid-major media darling. Now, in the quieter moments, SIU is winning close games…. more »

Team Profile: 2008 Bracket Buster Preview: Butler vs. Drake

Probable Starters: Drake: Leonard Houston – Sr. 6’3” 14.2 PPG 4 RPG Josh Young – So. 6’1” 15.9 PPG 47% 3 Point Shooting Jonathan Cox – Jr. 6’8” 11.4 PPG 8.4 RPG Klayton Korver – Sr. 6’5” 9.4 PPG 87% FT Shooting Adam Emmenecker – Sr. 6’1” 7.4 PPG 5.9 APG Key Sub: Brent Heemskerk… more »

Team Profile: 2008 Bracket Buster Preview: VCU vs. Akron

Game Information: VCU (19-6, 12-3 CAA) vs. Akron (18-7, 8-4 MAC), 11 a.m. ET Saturday, ESPN2.About VCU: One year ago, Virginia Commonwealth took a big hit in its Bracket Buster matchup. The Rams fell to Bradley, 73-64, and I wrote, “The Rams might have to run the table in their remaining regular season games and… more »

Team Profile: 2008 BracketBuster Preview: Davidson at Winthrop

Two conference leaders will collide when the Davidson Wildcats visit the Winthrop Eagles in an ESPN2 BracketBuster matchup on Friday night. Only one team, however, is in the mix for an at-large NCAA Tournament berth. Davidson is now a perfect 18-0 in the Southern Conference after defeating UNC-Greensboro at home on Tuesday in another nationally-televised… more »

Team Profile: 2008 BracketBuster Preview: UC Santa Barbara at Utah State

In Friday’s BracketBuster nightcap on ESPNU, the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (19-6, 8-4) will visit the Utah State Aggies (18-9, 8-4). This will be the first meeting between the former Big West Conference rivals since the Aggies bolted for the Western Athletic Conference following the 2004-05 season. The two teams enter Friday’s match-up in different… more »

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