Category Archives: March Madness 2009

Battle of the Losers 2009 – Final Four

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If you have no idea what Battle of the Losers is all about, click here. To view past results of this year’s BOTL tournament, click here.

Just 1 week ago, 32 teams had a 2nd life in their college basketball season. After being eliminated in the first round of the real-life NCAA Tournament, they were sent to Battle of the Losers to see if they really were the best loser to take the earliest of exits. We’re now down to the final 4 in Detroit. From the East Region the Minnesota Golden Gophers won every game by double digits, including a 67-49 rout of #1 seed Florida State in the final to get to Detroit. The Mountaineers of West Virginia stunned the #1 overall seeded Wake Forest 76-72 in the Midwest final to win their region. In the South, another #1 seed in Illinois fell short, this time to Clemson and again in the regional final. The last semifinalist is our Cinderella of the tournament in Mississippi State. The #4 seed Bulldogs upset #1 Cal in the 2nd round and then pulled away from BYU in the West final 77-68.

The time has come. West Virginia plays Mississippi State in the first game, while Clemson vs. Minnesota is the second game. Winners advance to the final, while the losers go to the 3rd place game. The results after the jump!

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Battle of the Losers 2009 – West Region Results

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If you have no idea what Battle of the Losers is all about, click here. To view past results of this year’s BOTL tournament, click here.

This is the final region to go before the BOTL 2009 Final Four is set. So far, Clemson, West Virginia, and Minnesota have all advanced to the national semifinals. The #1 seeds are 0-3 in the regional finals, and Cal is the weakest #1 seed remaining. Will they have an early exit? Find out after the jump.

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Battle of the Losers 2009 – South Region Results

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If you still have no idea what Battle of the Losers is all about, click here.

We’ve reached the 2nd half of the BOTL bracket. Minnesota and West Virginia knocked off their respective #1 seeds in their regional finals, can Butler knock off Illinois? Will they both fail? Will this region be even worse than the Midwest? Find out after the jump.

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Battle of the Losers 2009 – Midwest Region

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For those who don’t know about Battle of the Losers, click here.

With one BOTL team already punching its ticket to the Final Four in Detroit, we look who will be the winner of the Midwest part of the bracket. The results are after the jump.

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Battle of the Loser 2009 – East Region Results

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If you don’t know about Battle of the Losers, read my previous post.

It’s our 2nd annual Battle of the Losers simulated basketball tournament! With a new format, new logo, and new set of teams rearing to go, let’s get this show going! Today we’re starting with the East region results. Who emerged victorious in that part of the bracket? Find out after the jump.

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Battle of the Losers 2009!

As you can tell by the logo, this tournament runs on a tight budget.

As you can tell by the logo, this tournament runs on a tight budget.

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!

East Region

#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

Midwest Region

#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

South Region

#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

West Region

#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.

A Salute to the Other College Basketball Champions

Now that the college basketball season is officially over now that UConn destroyed Louisville to win the women’s title and a 39-0 record, let’s reflect on the other champions of college basketball tournaments for this season.

A hearty congratulations to the Penn State Nittany Lions for at least bringing a college basketball title to Pennsylvania! They defeated Baylor 69-63 in front of a Pro-Penn State crowd in Madison Square Garden. The Lions were spurned by the NCAA committee on Selection Sunday when they lost in the 2nd round of the Big Ten tournament. Through their star sophomore Talor Battle and senior Jamelle Cornley, they grabbed their first ever national basketball title for the program.

Change is what they got in Corvallis. The Oregon State Beavers got their first ever postseason national title by beating UTEP 2-1 in their best-of-3 series in the 2nd annual CBI tournament. The Beavers clinched it with an 81-73 win over the Miners in the deciding game 3 in El Paso. Craig Robinson (President Obama’s brother-in-law) turned a team that was winless in Pac-10 conference play last year, into a .500 club and a postseason champion. It’s small steps, but their 18 wins are the most since Gary Payton was playing for them! A fantastic coaching job by Robinson, and great play down the stretch by players like Josh Tarver, Roeland Schaftenaar, and Calvin Haynes. While I still consider the CBI to be an absolute joke of an idea, it’s still a postseason tournament and another chance to win a trophy. Oregon State pulled it off and the only way to go is up with just 2 seniors leaving.

WHAT?! We’re not done?! Okay…..congratulations to the Old Dominion Monarchs for defeating Bradley 66-62 in the first ever collegeinsider.com tournament. This tournament is for teams who finished over .500 but were not worhy of making 3 postseason tournaments ahead of them. Frank Hassell pulled down 15 rebounds to go with his 19 points to lead the way for his team, who were actually the very first D-I postseason tournament champs for 2009.

Over to D-II play! The quest for perfection by the Findlay Oilers was complete with their 56-53 OT victory over Cal-Poly Pomona. Tyler Evans made just 1 field goal, and it was the 3 point shot as time expired that won it for Findlay. I watched that game live and it provided more excitement than the lackluster D-I tourney provided. You can still watch the video here.

Lest We Forget

  • Washington University in St. Louis defeated Richard Stockton 61-52 to win the D-III men’s national championship for the 2nd year in a row!
  • George Fox defeated Washington University in St. Louis’ women’s side 60-53 to complete their perfect season in the D-III title game.
  • South Florida beat Kansas 75-71 in Lawrence, KS to win the Women’s NIT as well as their first ever postseason national title!
  • Minnesota State-Mankato defeated Franklin Pierce 103-94 in a shootout to win the women’s D-II national championship game Mavericks’ first basketball title in school history.
  • Union (Tenn) defeated Lambuth (Tenn) 73-63 to win the NAIA Division I national women’s championship in Jackson, TN.
  • Morningside (Iowa) defeated Hastings (Neb)  68-62 to take home the NAIA Division II women’s title game in Iowa.
  • Rocky Mountain (Montana) knocked off Columbia (Missouri) 77-61 to win the NAIA Division I men’s title game in Missouri.
  • Finally, Oklahoma Wesleyan defeated College of the Ozarks (Missouri) 60-53 to win the NAIA Division II men’s title game, also in Missouri.

A total of 12 schools are on this list of teams who won a postseason title but NOT the grand tournament we’ve come to know and love as March Madness. Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams are listed on here. Your accomplishments have been recognized, your milestones noted, your achievements for literally dozens of viewers of this blog to see. Congratulations to all!

That’s it for the college basketball season! I can’t wait to start the fun again in November.