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 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.