We’re in the middle of February and you know what that means? Bracketbusters! Yay! It seems like we forget that ESPN’s Bracketbusters was created for money reasons but it has become a great TV event to get some good small conference teams some exposure. Let’s not forget there are still some pivotal battles early in the week that may set the table for a conference tournament run though. Here are some key conference games to keep an eye on and the top Bracketbuster matchups as a bonus…
George Mason at VCU
Two of the top teams in the Colonial Athletic Association square off. George Mason has racked up 11 wins in a row. Both teams have key Bracketbuster games later in the week.
Kent St. at Miami, OH
The leaders of the East Division of the MAC do battle. Kent St was won 6 in a row while the Redhawks have a 4 game win streak. The Golden Flashes hammered Miami in their first matchup 78-57.
UAB at Memphis
UTEP at Southern Miss.
Conference USA is a mess at the top of the standings. These 4 teams are soundly on bubble alert and could use a win to gain some separation and momentum.
Valparaiso at Milwaukee
The Horizon League is another conference with a scramble going on with 4 teams within a game of the lead. Valpo is looking for the season sweep over the Panthers
Richmond at Temple
Here’s a key Atlantic 10 fight. Temple is probably done enough to make the Big Dance and is riding a 6 game win streak. Richmond’s resume has a few holes that another quality win could help plug.
East Tennessee St at Belmont
The top two teams in the Atlantic Sun face off. Belmont leads the conference with a 15-1 record while the Buccaneers are 14-3. The Bruins won the first matchup of the season by 10.
VCU at Wichita St.
Utah St. at St. Mary's
Vermont at Charleston
Missouri St at Valparaiso
George Mason at Northern Iowa
Montana at Long Beach St.
Cleveland St. at Old Dominion