What?! You thought college basketball season was over? Not just yet. It’s time to bust out the final NCAA basketball tournament of the season, Battle of the Losers! Viewers of this site know the rules quite well. The losers in the 1st round in this year’s NCAA Tournament will play against each other. For example, East Tennesee State would play Tennessee in the first round of BOTL because they were knocked out in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. be RESEEDED and will play against each other. For example, #4 Wake Forest in the Midwest region is now a #1 seed. The highest seed in each region will be a #1, while all the #16 seeds will be #8 seeds.
Last year we had upsets, buzzer beaters, and in the end it was UConn knocking off Gonzaga 82-79 in a thriller to take the first ever BOTL title. We’ve got 29 new teams taking part this year in what should be more exciting than this year’s March Madness. Let’s meet the teams and matchups!
#8 East Tennessee State vs. #1 Florida State in Boise, ID
#7 Binghamton vs. #2 Tennessee in Dayton, OH
#6 American vs. #3 Minnesota in Greensboro, NC
#5 Portland State vs. #4 Virginia Commonwealth in Philadelphia, PA
#8 Morehead State vs. #1 Wake Forest in Miami, FL
#5 Ohio State vs. #4 Boston College in Dayton, OH
#6 North Dakota State vs. #3 West Virginia in Minneapolis, MN
#7 Robert Morris vs. #2 Utah in Minneapolis, MN
#8 Radford vs. #1 Illinois in Portland, OR
#7 Morgan State vs. #2 Clemson in Greensboro, NC
#6 Stephen F. Austin vs. #3 Butler in Kansas City, KS
#5 Akron vs. #4 Temple in Miami, FL
#8 Chattanooga vs. #1 California in Kansas City, KS
#7 CS-Northridge vs. #2 BYU in Philadelphia, PA
#6 Cornell vs. #3 Utah State in Boise, ID
#5 Mississippi State vs. #4 Northern Iowa in Portland, OR
As usual, with the help of whatifsports.com, I’ll be simulating every game of the tournament to see who wins our 2nd annual Battle of the Losers tourney!
That OSU/BC game looks like it could be a classic. The first results of the East Region will come on Monday.