When George Mason and VCU made long-shot runs to the Final Four, they credited the made-for-TV event BracketBusters for giving their NCAA tournament credentials a late-season shot in the arm.
But one of the reasons the 11-year-old ESPN event, designed to create strong non-conference matchups leading into March, is dying is that it probably hurt mid-majors as much as it helped them. A late-February loss by a mid-major against one of its peers could be seen as proof that it doesn’t really belong with the big boys.
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The NCAA tournament pays a visit to the Erwin Center next month. Key dates:
March 13-16: Big 12 tournament
March 17: Selection Sunday
March 19-20: NCAA First Four, Dayton, Ohio
March 21-24: NCAA second, third rounds (Austin games will be on the 22nd, 24th)