The ESPNU Bracketbusters matchups will be announced today at 4:30 p.m. (MT) on ESPNU and the Aggies are in the running for one of the 13 televised games (ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU/ESPN3). As of today's RPI, the Aggies had the 12th best RPI among the home teams, which is no guarantee that they'll get a televised game but it's better than being outside the top 13.
According to some posts at the VCURamNation message board, last year's television pairings (there were 11) were as follows:
#1 @ #1
#2 @ #2
#3 @ #7
#4 @ #5
#5 @ #3
#6 @ #4
#7 @ #9
#8 @ #10
#9 @ #7
#10 @ #17 (! Only team out of the top 11 to get a game- Liberty! #6 JMU left out)
#11- Left out, #12 included
#12 @ #11
We talked a bit with Jason Groves yesterday for his blog post and obviously the matchup we'd both most like to see would be Long Beach State but that's not going to happen. As we noted a week ago today, the lack of highly rated road teams this year makes it a bit tough to generate a "good" matchup. The top 13 home teams are all inside the RPI Top 100 which only nine of the road teams are inside the RPI Top 100.
These are the likeliest opponents for the Aggies both in terms of RPI and geography.
Drake 97 RPI (13-9, 6-5 in the MVC)
Valparaiso 112 RPI (14-9, 8-3 in the Horizon)
Indiana State 117 RPI (13-9, 4-7 in the MVC)
Lamar 116 RPI (13-8, 4-3 in the Southland)
UC-Santa Barbara 137 RPI (11-7, 6-2 in Big West)
We'd be okay with four of these matchups, we'd rather not draw Lamar, it's just not a particularly appealing game. We'd love to see the Aggies draw a Missouri Valley opponent (although, we're not sure the Aggies would like to see that draw). The Missouri Valley is generally one of the best mid-major conferences year in and year out and their teams generally play a physical brand of basketball. It would be interesting to see the Aggies go up against that type of team.
A home game against Valparaiso also would be a nice draw out of the Horizon League. UC-Santa Barbara would be a decent draw as well, though, the Aggies almost always seem to draw a Big West foe for this event (at least Pacific is out of the equation this year).
The Aggie women's basketball team was dealt another loss on Saturday but this one came with a price as senior point guard Kaitlyn Soto tore her ACL in the game, ending her career as an Aggie. Soto was having a solid season as the full-time starter and had really grown into the role. It's a tough way for her career to end, she was always a fan favorite for her high-energy play.
Soto ends her career averaging 6.2 PPG over her three and a half years and was averaging 8.9 PPG this year, a career-high. She was also averaging nearly two assists, two steals and three rebounds per game.
The Aggies are back in action this week hosting league-leading Fresno State on Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. (MT) and Nevada on Saturday.
On to today's links...
Aggie Men's Basketball
Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News takes a look at conference play at the midpoint.
Kevin at Parsing The WAC offers up a potential Aggie prospect.
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