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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 »

Old Spice Classic Preview

Unlike the 2k Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer, where organizers had an idea of who would play for the title, the organizers of the 2008 Old Spice Classic left the future open to interpretation. That is what happens when an 8-team tournament features five teams from last year’s NCAA Tournament. Moreover, we’re not talking… more »

Mackinder’s Bracketography

Thank goodness the NCAA Tournament field isn’t decided based on November expectations. If that were the case, teams that fly under the radar (Davidson, West Virginia, etc.) not only wouldn’t get a chance to prove they belong in the Big Dance but that their seed should be higher than expected. It also makes the big-name… more »

2007-2008 Purdue Boilermakers

Record: (23-7, 14-3 Big Ten) Key Wins: @Wisconsin, Wisconsin, Michigan State, N-Louisville Key Losses: Wofford, Iowa State, @Missouri, @Ohio State Key Stats: 8.2 – Purdue’s steals per game, second in the Big Ten. 87.9 – Purdue’s defensive efficiency (points allowed in 100 opponent possessions), 11th in the country Key Numbers: RPI: 31; SOS: 90; NCSOS:… more »

2007-2008 Michigan State Spartans

Record: (23-6, 11-5 Big Ten) Key Wins: N-Texas; Purdue, N-BYU, Indiana Key Losses: N-UCLA, @Wisconsin, @Iowa, @Penn State Key Stats: 20-1. The Spartans are undefeated at home this season and have recorded a 5-1 neutral floor record. While road record is important, there are no “road” games in the NCAA Tournament. And, if the Spartans… more »

Wisconsin Badgers

Record: (24-4, 14-2 Big Ten) Key Wins: @Texas, Indiana, @Indiana, Michigan State. Key Losses: @Purdue, Purdue, @Duke, Marquette Key Stat: 54.9. That is how many points per game the Badgers allow – best in the nation. Key Numbers: RPI: 12; SOS: 42; NSOS: 61; Vs. Top 50: 4-4 Biggest Strengths: For years, coach Bo Ryan… more »

Indiana Hoosiers

Record: (24-5, 13-3 Big Ten) Key Wins: Michigan State, Purdue, Kentucky, @So. Illinois, N-Illinois State Key Losses: Michigan State, @ Wisconsin, Connecticut, @ Xavier Key Stat: 0.964– As good as Indiana has played this season, it is one of the few elite teams that averages more turnovers per game than assists with a .964 assist-to-turnover… more »

2007-2008 Ohio State Buckeyes

Record: (18-12, 9-8 Big Ten) Key Wins: N-Syracuse, Florida, @ Illinois, Minnesota, Purdue Key Losses: @ Tennessee, North Carolina, @ Iowa, @ Michigan Key Stat: 4-8 away from Value City Arena. Key Numbers: RPI: 55; SOS: 33; NSOS: 13; Vs. Top 50: 1-9 Biggest Strengths: Big-time talents. As I wrote earlier this season, the Buckeyes… 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 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 »

Reloading, Part III: The USC Trojans

Imagine Tim Floyd’s stomach last April. Floyd may have single-handedly propelled sales of Alka-seltzer in the Los Angeles area to an all-time record. Prior to April, it was assumed his Trojans, who finished T-3rd in the Pac-10 during the regular season, runner-up in the Pac-10 Tournament, and made an appearance in the Sweet 16, were… more »

Reloading, Part II: The Ohio State Buckeyes

The tears were flowing in Columbus, Ohio, last April. The Ohio State Buckeyes, who lost to Florida in the BCS Championship game in January and had already lost to the Gators on the hardwood back in December, were swallowed up by the Gators once again, this time in the NCAA title game. It wasn’t just… more »

Reloading, Part I: The Gators

In college basketball, the term “reloading” is thrown around often. Perhaps too often. It is one thing for a team to win a conference championship, lose a Player of the Year candidate and a few other weapons, and then compete for a conference title the following season (see this year’s Wisconsin Badgers). It is even… more »

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