Tuesday, January 08, 2008

BracketBusters Standings 01/08

The BracketBusters standings have been updated. If the pairings were announced today, this is what I think ESPN would do. Remember, this is made for TV, not fairness.

EDIT: A kind reader pointed out that Drake and St. Mary's have already locked horns this season, so I made the adjustment. Thanks!

ESPN2 (6)
Kent State at St. Mary's
Drake at Butler
George Mason at Valparaiso
Nevada at Illinois State
Creighton at Winthrop
Niagara at Ohio

ESPN Classic (1)
Miami-OH at CS-Northridge

Wright State at Oral Roberts
Siena at Holy Cross
Marist at Cleveland State
Davidson at Akron

ESPN360.com (2)
UC-Santa Barbara at UW-Green Bay
Wichita State at Boise State

Tonight's GOI
--Florida at Alabama. One of these paper tigers will use a 3-hole punch on the other.
--Brown at Baylor. Two pleasant surprises in the non-conference.
--Georgetown at DePaul. Blue Demons have already taken care of Providence and Villanova in their last two home games.
--St. Mary's at Fresno State. Gael have been manhandled in their only two road games (SIU, Texas).
--Northern Iowa at Illinois State. Redbirds have been solid since their inexplicable loss to Eastern Michigan, including FOUR true road wins in a row before beating SIU at home in their last game.
--Seton Hall at Marquette. Warriors will be angry after losing at WVU last time out. SHU could use a signature win to bolster their profile.
--Holy Cross at Maryland. Crusaders are good and MD has been shaky.
--Indiana at Michigan. Hoosiers had a close on at Iowa. UM played well at Purdue on Sat.
--Purdue at Michigan State. Sparty is a heavy favorite, but Purdue needs to get it in gear. Their profile (and RPI) is very weak at this point.
--BYU at Wake Forest. Cougars find themselves in need of a win.