A morning line bracket
buster: Winthrop

Feb 20, 2007 1:10 AM

How do you hide a 23-4 team? Play in the Big South Conference.

Winthrop was featured last week at Missouri State in ESPN’s annual Bracketbuster Week, where lesser known teams near or at the top of their conference face each other to audition for the NCAA Tournament Committee.

The Eagles shouldn’t have to plead their case. Check out this resume — 13 straight wins, 17-of-18, losses by 7 at North Carolina, 3 in overtime at Wisconsin, 11 at Maryland and 20 at Texas A&M.

Not many Winthrop games make the big board because the books don’t trust the Big South.

TUESDAY (1)

Air Force at UNLV: Best game in years involving Rebs. UNLV.

WEDNESDAY (2)

BC at Va Tech: UNC, Duke and VT in a week. Whew! VT.

SJ at Louisville. Pitino has Cards playing inspired. ”˜VILLE.

THURSDAY (2)

Duke at Clemson: Speaking of second comings... DUKE.

Cal at UCLA: Oregon St took Cal to OT. It’s over early. UCLA.

FRIDAY (1)

Loyola (Md) at Niagara: Some revenge for home side. NIAGARA

SATURDAY (6)

Baylor at Texas A&M: A flat spot for hot Aggies. BAYLOR.

Rutgers at Villanova: Not how, but how many! NOVA.

Pittsburgh at G’town: Hoyas are flavor of Big East. PITT.

Ole Miss at S.C. Carolina 7-2 ATS in last 9 S. CAROLINA.

Iowa St at Kansas: KU 15-2 in Lawrence, including four straight covers. KANSAS.

Indiana at Mich St: Hoosiers awful on road. MICH ST.