Georgia State will host UTSA in Bracketbuster game

The Georgia State men’s basketball team will host UTSA in its Bracketbuster game at 7 p.m. on Feb. 18 at the Sports Arena. This will be their first meeting in basketball since 2008. Georgia State (14-8, 6-5)  trails in the series 5-7. The Bracketbuster games are designed to matchup non-conference opponents with similar RPIs, in an attempt to improve their eligibility in the eyes of the NCAA tournament committee. The Roadrunners (14-7, 6-1 Southland), who have won their past five games and eight of their past nine, are No. 182 in the NCAA’s recent RPI. The Panthers are No. 160. UTSA averages 75.7 points per game, led by Melvin Johnson III. The Panthers are 4-2 in Bracketbuster games.

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Sluggo

January 30th, 2012
8:29 pm

Should be a pretty good game. Looks as if UTSA’s top two scorers are good shooters behind the arc shooting 44 and 35 percent. They will pose a significant challenge based on the last few games.

Panama

January 30th, 2012
9:06 pm

TAAC Throwback Night..

Yeh?

GStateBen

January 30th, 2012
10:00 pm

UTSA can score. We should have a nice height advantage and they will want to run.

Really looking forward to this being win #20.

Panther

January 30th, 2012
10:07 pm

Seems like a decent matchup. Hopefully we can get them at football and basketball this year

R

January 31st, 2012
10:35 am

Bracketbuster? Neither of these teams have a chance at the ncaa unless they win their conf tourney. Don’t understand the meaning of this game. Stupid

Response to "R"

January 31st, 2012
10:39 am

I agree. Game has no purpose. CAA Champion is automatic qualifier. Understandable for bubble teams with good RPIs, but this make no sense for teams who both have over a 150 RPI.

Huh?

January 31st, 2012
11:09 am

Seriously? Both over 150 RPI and they think this will matter? If Georgia State beats a team with a 182 RPI, that should not help them AT ALL.

Even if Georgia State scheduled Duke and beat them, their RPI would still be about 140 – not getting invited anywhere.

GSU

January 31st, 2012
12:39 pm

The worst part about this? We have to return the game next year. What a waste of travel $$$

GStateBen

January 31st, 2012
3:45 pm

Bracketbuster can be returned within two years but I agree it makes no sense. When the idea was first created, it started regionally.

In recent years we’ve played Utah Valley, Eastern Michigan and now UTSA. #FAIL

For the Love of Lefty

January 31st, 2012
7:21 pm

I’m looking forward to this matchup. Plus, it’ll be fun to go back to “San Antone” in the near future.

Rick James

January 31st, 2012
9:00 pm

I really wish Georgia St.could join Conference USA..

GSU Men's BB Fan

January 31st, 2012
10:33 pm

Folks,

ESPN picks the teams that will participate in the BracketBuster BEFORE the season every year. I believe this year ESPN picked 142 teams. All of the teams in the CAA were picked. ESPN takes this wide slew because with mid-majors (as all of the BracketBuster participants are) it is difficult to tell what team will be the hot hand. I’m sure before the season started no one thought Murray State or Harvard would be top 50 in the RPI.

Because ESPN takes this wide slew – they only televise some of the games (this year 13). These 13 games showcase the “premiere” mid-majors of that season. Everyone else gets matched up by their RPI into what amounts to a break from the conference season and a guaranteed game for the next season.

Georgia State’s match up, not being one of the televised 13 games, falls into this latter category. No one thinks or believes this match up with UTSA will bust any brackets. For Georgia State, this season, its just part of the process.

tjhook

January 31st, 2012
10:55 pm

Would be nice to see Georgia State return to face former TAAC rival Mercer. Maybe it can happen through the NIT or possibly a NCAA play-in game.

GSU

January 31st, 2012
11:48 pm

All of the teams in the CAA were picked for the BracketBusters? Who is one win Towson playing?