Long Beach State Hosts Green Bay In Televised ESPNU BracketBusters Event
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Pairings for the seventh annual ESPNU BracketBusters - a two-day men's basketball event pitting NCAA Tournament hopefuls Friday, Feb. 20 and Saturday, Feb. 21, were announced today. Long Beach State will host Green Bay of the Horizon League on Feb. 21 in one of 13 televised matchups. Game times and network assignments will be announced on Monday, Feb. 9.
ESPNU, the 24-hour college sports network, will televise six BracketBusters games, while ESPN360.com, ESPN's customized broadband service, will offer one. ESPN2 will televise five contests and ESPN will have one game. ESPN360.com will also simulcast the ESPN and ESPN2 telecasts.
The 13 ESPNU BracketBusters nationally televised games were selected from a pool of 102 teams.
ESPNU BracketBusters Televised Pairings
Friday, February 20
Virginia Commonwealth at Nevada
Illinois State at Niagara
Saturday, February 21
George Mason at Creighton
#11 Butler at Davidson
Miami (OH) at Evansville
Hofstra at Fairfield
Green Bay at Long Beach State
Liberty at Old Dominion
Boise State at Portland State
#22 Utah State at Saint Mary’s
Northern Iowa at Siena
Buffalo at Vermont
Northeastern at Wright State
The other eight Big West schools in the pool will compete in non-televised home and away matchups on Feb. 21. Those matchups are as follows:
Non-Televised Big West Home Games
South Dakota State at Cal Poly
Fresno State at UC Davis
Montana State at UC Santa Barbara
Non-Televised Big West Away Games
Cal State Fullerton at New Mexico State
Cal State Northridge at Idaho
UC Irvine at Hawaii
UC Riverside at San Jose State
Pacific at San Diego
The ESPNU BracketBusters concept, named because of the success of teams from these conferences in NCAA Tournament play through the years, provides participating programs with an opportunity to play top non-conference opponents about three weeks before Selection Sunday. Each conference selected its participating teams before the season, and the matchups for the event were determined by ESPN in conjunction with the conferences.