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Picking the top BracketBusters games

Updated: January 31, 2011, 5:08 PM ET
By Joe Lunardi

Today is BracketBusters selection day, and the people have spoken. Well, to be more specific, the 31 people in my Fundamentals of Bracketology class have spoken. So we interrupt our regular discussion of No. 1 seeds and bubble teams to speculate on matchups for the Feb. 18-20 BracketBusters weekend.

Here's the best of what my "students" would like to see announced at 6:30 p.m. ET tonight on ESPNU:

Utah State Aggies (20-2, 9-0 WAC) at Saint Mary's Gaels (16-4, 6-1 WCC)

Student Brandon Gondeiro (Zurich, Mont.) says: "Matching up the only eligible ranked teams was a no-brainer. Being [that] the schools are both in the same region makes it even more logical. The matchup will add another quality win to the résumé of one, although both appear to be in at-large bid contention should they lose in their respective conference tourneys."

Lunardi: A terrific pairing, yes, but the Aggies and Gaels played in the 2009 BracketBusters and had a return game in 2010. The guidelines for such an immediate rematch are unclear, especially because Saint Mary's would again be the home team on television.

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