The top of the BracketBusters standings remained fairly static and will likely do so until the matchups for the 102 teams are announced next Monday, January 29. The television schedule will be finalized on February 5. Here is an idea on what the TV matchups would look like as of today.
Southern Illinois at Butler
Northern Iowa at Nevada
Drexel at Missouri State
Bradley at Hofstra
Appalachian State at Creighton
Holy Cross at Wichita State
Utah State at Indiana State
Ohio at New Mexico State
Winthrop at VCU
Sam Houston State at Long Beach
Evansville at George Mason
Old Dominion at Akron
Albany at Toledo
It looks like four or maybe five games will actually have bracket impact. That Butler/SIU matchup will be a meat grinder (pace of play: #331/#324).
--Alabama at Auburn. In-state rivalry alert! Also, let's make this an official TBB Upset Pick.
--Florida State at Boston College. Two ACC teams scrapping for slots pretty low in the bracket.
--Indiana at Illinois. Illini need this one to bolster NCAA hopes. They are clearly out at this point.
--Villanova at Providence. Cats try to keep momentum going after a big week.
--Northern Iowa at SIU. UNI leads the MVC by one in the loss colum over SIU and Creighton.