The Washington Times - February 2, 2009, 09:16PM

The one problem the BracketBuster concept can encounter is if there are only a handful of really, really good mid-majors, there will only be a couple truly compelling games.

That’s not to say a Buffalo-Vermont meeting can’t be good. It probably will be fairly entertaining. But if the point is to live up to the event’s name —- to help teams bust into the NCAA tournament bracket —- there’s really only a handful of teams that can be helped.


One of those is Butler-Davidson. Another is Utah State-Saint Mary’s. And a third, arguably, is Northern Iowa-Siena.

The rest of these are some really nice late-season nonconference games. George Mason-Creighton certainly qualifies as a game that should be interesting. Ditto for Illinois State-Niagara.

But there probably won’t be much significance beyond that on this schedule:

Friday, Feb. 20
Virginia Commonwealth at Nevada
Illinois State at Niagara

Saturday, Feb. 21
George Mason at Creighton
Butler at Davidson
Miami (OH) at Evansville
Hofstra at Fairfield
Green Bay at Long Beach State
Liberty at Old Dominion
Boise State at Portland State
Utah State at Saint Mary’s
Northern Iowa at Siena
Buffalo at Vermont
Northeastern at Wright State

—- Patrick Stevens