BracketBusters celebrates its sixth birthday this weekend, but will anybody notice?
The annual mid-major national TV festival, which features six high-profile mid-major games broadcast on ESPN2, has two factors working against it this season. One, the weekend happens to coincide with the Memphis-Tennessee showdown, a unique No. 1-vs.-2 matchup that has the national hoops media in a legit frenzy. The other is that there are not as many mid-majors in contention for at-large bids this year as in recent years, so not as many of the BracketBusters matchups carry NCAA tournament implications.
In fact, two mid-major teams who have worked themselves into the tournament discussion are not scheduled to participate. Western Kentucky and South Alabama, two under-the-radar Sun Belt teams who are in a virtual tie for the conference lead, are both fighting to get in position for at-large consideration. Western Kentucky (20-6) has an RPI of 52, while South Alabama (20-5) has an RPI of 35. If both go unbeaten until the Sun Belt final, they will both have a good chance of getting into the NCAAs. An extra resume win for either team this weekend would have helped enormously.
Here are four BracketBusters matchups to keep an eye on:
Robert Morris guard