Buster 2018 & 2019

2018: #16 UMBC vs #1 Virginia (74-54 1st Rnd) Maryland-Baltimore County was making their 2nd tournament appearance after winning their conference (AEC) tournament. Virginia was the #1 overall seed having lost only twice during the regular season and had the best defense in the nation allowing only 54 points per game. The Retrievers kept it close in the 1st half and were tied with the Cavaliers at halftime … Continue reading Buster 2018 & 2019

Buster 2016 & 2017

2016: #12 Little Rock vs #5 Purdue (85-83 2OT 1st Rnd) In his first and only year as head coach at Little Rock, Chris Beard led his squad to a historic season. The Trojans were the Sun Belt Regular Season Champions for the first time in 28 years and entered the tournament with a school record of 29 wins. Both teams had tenacious defense as Little … Continue reading Buster 2016 & 2017

Buster 2014 & 2015

2014: #14 Mercer vs #3 Duke (78-71 1st Rnd) It had been nearly 30 years (1985) since Mercer had made it to the NCAA Tournament. In that same time span, Duke had only missed out on the Big Dance once (1995). Both teams had exceptional offensive talent averaging almost 79 points per game. With the game being played in Raleigh (NC), the fans were ready to … Continue reading Buster 2014 & 2015

Buster 2012 & 2013

2012: #15 Leigh vs #2 Duke (75-70 1st Rnd) Leigh earned an automatic bid by winning the Patriot League Tournament and with it an opening round match-up against Duke. Despite the tough draw, the Mountain Hawks were up for the challenge. Leigh was led by CJ McCollum, the Patriot League player of the year and the nation’s fifth-leading scorer while Duke had a solid back … Continue reading Buster 2012 & 2013

Buster 2008 & 2009

2008: #12 Western Kentucky vs #5 Drake (101-99 OT 1st Rnd) The Hilltoppers were playing winning basketball entering the tournament having won 17 of their last 18 games. Their opponent, the Drake Bulldogs, were playing equally impressive basketball in which they set a school record with 28 wins and carried a 21 game winning streak from November to early February. The Bulldogs were ranked 14th in the … Continue reading Buster 2008 & 2009

Buster 2004 & 2005

2004: #10 Nevada vs #7 Michigan St (72-66 1st Rnd) It had been nearly 20 years since Nevada was last in the NCAA tournament and they were still in search of their first tournament win. The Wolf Pack finished first in the WAC, won their conference tournament and had won 10 of their last 11 games. Michigan St was coming off an Elite 8 appearance the … Continue reading Buster 2004 & 2005

Buster 2002 & 2003

2002: #10 Kent St vs #7 Oklahoma St (69-61 1st Rnd) After getting their first ever NCAA Tournament win the year before, the Golden Flashes were ready to build on that success. They entered the tournament with the longest winning streak in the nation at 18 games and were only allowing 62.2 points/game during that span. The Cowboys started the season strong winning their first 13 … Continue reading Buster 2002 & 2003