Region #3 of BOTL 2012 is up and I know it’s late, but I will try and get it done this week. Who will win the East? It’s a shock, check out after the jump.
In the interest of my own time, this region was so dull that I will skip recaps for these games and just tell you the scores. We’re on the West region so let’s see who will face UNLV in the BOTL Final Four.
Don’t know what BOTL is all about? Read this. You can access box scores for today’s post for up to 24 hours and then it disappears from the archives.
Let’s go back down South where the #1 overall seeded Duke is looking to make the most of their 2nd chance after a humiliating loss to Lehigh.
First things first, this is the last season I’m using this goofy title. If I continue this from 2013 onwards it will be known as the SCI (Second Chance Invitational).
Now, let’s get down to business. College basketball determines its best team with the NCAA Tournament, it’s 69th with the NIT, and 101st with the CBI. With so many tournaments, I figured I would create a fake one to meet near halfway between the big tourney and the NIT. Battle of the Losers is a simulation done entirely by me to take the 32 teams who were eliminated in the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament, and re-seed them for fairness.
For example, the highest seed eliminated in the West region was Missouri, so now they become the #1 seed in BOTL. Automatically they face the #16 seed LIU-Brooklyn (now a #8 seed). Memphis becomes a #2 seed, Virginia a #3, and so on. Got it? Basically the more upsets, the stronger the region is.
Here’s your field of 32:
#1 Duke vs. #8 Western Kentucky
#4 Notre Dame vs. #5 UConn
#2 Wichita State vs. #7 South Dakota State
#3 UNLV vs. #6 New Mexico State
#1 Missouri vs. #8 Long Island University – Brooklyn
#4 Colorado State vs. #5 Long Beach State
#2 Memphis vs. #7 BYU
#3 Virginia vs. #6 Davidson
#1 Southern Miss vs. #8 UNC-Asheville
#4 Harvard vs. #5 Montana
#2 West Virginia vs. #7 Loyola (MD)
#3 Texas vs. #6 St. Bonaventure
#1 Michigan vs. #8 Vermont
#4 St. Mary’s vs. #5 Alabama
#2 Temple vs. #7 Detroit
#3 San Diego State vs. #6 Belmont
Per usual, there is a 3rd place game in place and all games are simulated using Whatifsports.com. First region will come tonight or tomorrow!
Past editions of Battle of the Losers:
2010 – Georgetown def. Texas 70-61
2008 – UConn def. Gonzaga 82-79
Final region to simulate! So far, Baylor, Louisville, and Kansas have all made it to New Orleans. The East features Syracuse sans Fab Melo, so will they be able to defy odds after I’ve tinkered with their lineup to ensure he doesn’t play a second of any game? Or will Florida State or Ohio State wallop them? Heck, why wait for that when UNC-Asheville could provide the upset? Answers are after the jump. In the interest of time the recaps are going to be even shorter, especially the blowouts.