BracketBusters 2009 TV Schedule Set

February 9th, 2009

Game times and network assignments for the seventh annual ESPNU BracketBusters – a two-day men’s basketball event matching NCAA Tournament hopefuls against each other Friday, Feb. 20, and Saturday, Feb. 21 -- were announced today. The matchups are highlighted by No. 15 Butler (21-2) against Davidson (20-4) Saturday at noon ET on ESPN; and No. 17 Utah State (23-1) against Saint Mary’s (19-4) Saturday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2.


Butler, Davidson and Saint Mary’s were 2008 NCAA Tournament participants, with Davidson advancing to the Elite Eight. Four other BracketBusters teams – George Mason, Siena, Boise State and Portland State – also were 2008 NCAA Tournament participants. Utah State is one of just three one-loss teams remaining in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25.


All 13 ESPNU BracketBusters contests will be available nationally, with ESPNU, the 24-hour college sports network, televising six games and ESPN2 televising five. ESPN and, ESPN’s customized broadband service, will each offer one game, while the ESPN and ESPN2 games will be simulcast on


The 26 ESPNU BracketBusters teams were selected from a pool of 102 schools. The event provides teams an opportunity to play other top non-conference opponents three weeks before Selection Sunday. The 76 teams not selected for BracketBusters will compete against each other through the same two days.


As part of the agreement, all 13 of the BracketBusters home teams, as well as the remaining 38 home squads, will play a “return” game at the home facility of their opponent in November or December of the following season.

2009 ESPNU BracketBusters TV Schedule


Time (ET)



Fri., Feb 20

7 p.m.

Illinois State at Niagara



9 p.m.

Virginia Commonwealth at Nevada


Sat., Feb 21

11 a.m.

Northeastern at Wright State



11 a.m.

Liberty at Old Dominion




#15 Butler at Davidson



1 p.m.

Buffalo at Vermont



3 p.m.

Northern Iowa at Siena



3:30 p.m.

Miami (OH) at Evansville



5 p.m.

#17 Utah State at Saint Mary’s



5:30 p.m.

Green Bay at Long Beach State



7 p.m.

Hofstra at Fairfield


7:30 p.m.

Boise State at Portland State



9:30 p.m.

George Mason at Creighton