How to test the top mid-majors

Updated: January 23, 2012, 1:19 PM ET
By Joe Lunardi

Nobody has asked me (yet!), but let's play ESPN programmer for a minute.

Pending a final week of results, here's what I would announce Monday, Jan. 30 (ESPNU, 6:30 p.m. ET) as the 2012 Sears BracketBusters matchups. All games will be played Feb. 17-19 on the ESPN family of networks.

Saint Mary's (19-2, 8-0 WCC, S-Curve No. 21) at Murray State (20-0, 8-0 OVC, S-Curve No. 25): The undefeated Racers lead an impressive list of host schools in the 2012 event, a group that also includes nationally ranked Creighton and 2011 Final Four participants Butler and VCU. The Gaels top a less impressive list of road teams but would provide the toughest test to Murray's push for a perfect season.