Ranking All The ESPN Bracket Buster Matchups

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Ranking All The ESPN Bracket Buster Matchups
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Butler busted brackets every last year. Which team will have the best opportunity to do it this year?

Butler surprised everyone by making it to the national title game last year.  

Its overall performance in March Madness certainly wasn't a surprise, and those who saw them defeat Siena during their Bracket Buster game knew they could play just as well outside of their conference.

Each year, ESPN holds an annual event around the time the NBA All-Star weekend takes place.  It's called Bracket Busters, 11 games that mix top teams from one- or two-bid conferences that aren't a part of the BCS.  All these games are broadcast on ESPN2 and ESPNU Friday through Sunday.

It hasn't received a whole lot of fanfare this year, and that's because there's only one team that's ranked in the AP poll.  That's Utah State at 25.

That's what makes this year's Bracket Busters even more interesting.  There are multiple candidates out there that can make a run to destroy the common man's bracket everywhere.  

George Mason, Wichita State and Cleveland State are just a few of the teams that could do it.  Some teams in these match-ups are just a win away from becoming a possible at-large candidate.

The question is: which games to watch?  If you're a fan of a BCS school, obviously you'll be following them and what the conference is doing.  

Here's a list ranking all the match-ups from worst to best.  Each preview will give you quick stats on each team and a quick synopsis on the matchup and what it means in the big picture of things.

All games listed will be played this Saturday unless noted.

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