Bucknell at Northern Iowa
The expected match-up came about with
Bucknell taking a trip to the UNI-Dome. This will be the premier game for
BracketBusters and should provide some amusement. Northern Iowa is all but in
the NCAA Tournament, while Bucknell needs to avoid bad losses in order to earn
an at-large berth. A road loss at a top 25 team wonít hurt the Bison too much,
but a win there would be huge.
George Mason at Wichita State
The Patriots are on fire, however this will be a tough game. It will be an
exciting frontcourt match-up between Jai Lewis and Will Thomas of George Mason
and Paul Miller and Kyle Wilson of Wichita State. The Shockers only home loss
this season has come at the hands of Northern Iowa and George Mason isnít quite
in that class.
Louisiana Tech at Southern Illinois
There isnít a Paul Millsap in the Missouri Valley. The 6-8 forward will bring
his 20.7 points and 12.7 rebounds to Southern Illinois. If the Salukis can
contain Millsap, especially on the glass, the home winning streak will continue.
Fresno State at Creighton
Yeah, itís a bad draw for Creighton. Fresno State is 10-8, 3-4 in conference,
soon to be 4-4 and well, Creighton is actually good. This one might be over
pretty quick, but Fresno State has a couple talented players in Quinton Hosley
and JaíVance Coleman that are worth watching. And if you havenít seen Creighton
lately, they are always worth a look or two before you start filling in those
Missouri State and Wisconsin Milwaukee
Missouri Valley, Missouri Valley, Missouri Valley. If you havenít had a chance
to see much of the MVC, BracketBusters weekend will be your chance. The five
teams that are still dreaming of NCAA bids will be on TV. Missouri State has
been on a slide lately and they will have to get things together before taking a
tough road trip to Milwaukee. The Panthers could dash any hopes Missouri State
may have left, and start thinking about an at-large themselves.
Buffalo at Iona
If anybody can stop the Iona backcourt of Steve Burtt, Jr. and Ricky Soliver,
this will turn out to be a great game. Buffalo has plenty of weapons, led by
guard Calvin Cage and big man Yassin Idbihi, to keep the Bulls in it. Many of
the games look like blowouts due to the top heavy home sides, but this isnít one
Butler at Kent State
Butler hasnít done much to deserve a televised game, but the friendly ghosts of
the past made this game happen. We have ourselves two teams that have made
Cinderella runs in that not so distant past. Kent has been extremely strong in
MAC play and will be the favorite in this one.
Akron at Nevada
Now hereís a fun game. Akron is quietly posting a 15-4 record, 8-1 in the MAC.
None of the wins are that impressive, but none of the losses are bad (at
California, at Louisville, vs Clemson and at Ohio). Nevada and Nick Fazekas
will be too much for the Zips, but if it was in Akron, it would be another
Northwestern State at Utah State
The Demons finally get a chance to show off their stuff. Unfortunately, they
have to do it in one of the most unfriendly confines west of the mighty
Mississippi. Even with a loss at the hands of the Aggies, it is great exposure
for Northwestern State.
Marist at Old Dominion
Marist might be under the radar, but the starting five has enough power to knock
off ODU. The bench depth is an issue, but if Alex Loughton and the Monarchs
take one off their days off, the Red Foxes could chalk up a huge win for the
Northern Arizona at Western Kentucky
Anthony Winchester and Courtney Lee wonít let the Hilltoppers lose to Northern
Arizona. The Lumberjacks have won nine in a row and are 7-0 in Big Sky, but
they are lucky to be televised and definitely benefited from the weak teams on
the away side of the bracket.
Samford at Ohio
Ohio and Leon Williams have lost all consistency over the last couple weeks.
Enter surprise OVC leader Samford and we could have a surprisingly close game.
If Ohio has a good day, Samford wonít last long, but J. Robert Merritt and
Randall Gulina will have something to say about that.
Albany at VCU
Albany, the preseason favorite in the America East, had a slow start before
winning 10 of their last 12. VCU and the Colonial Athletic Association could
use every win they can get, and VCU just doesnít lose at home.