BracketBusters TV Pairings Announced

    
February 1st, 2010
 

ESPN announced today live on ESPNU’s 2010 BracketBusters Selection Show the pairings for the eighth annual BracketBusters – a two-day men’s college basketball event pitting NCAA Tournament hopefuls Friday, Feb. 19, and Saturday, Feb. 20. The field features two ranked teams, No. 15 Butler and No. 22 Northern Iowa, as well as the return of Siena, which also received votes in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll.

 

BracketBusters will feature 11 nationally televised games live, selected from a pool of 98 teams. ESPNU, the 24-hour college sports network, will televise five BracketBusters games, and ESPN2 will televise six, all simulcast on ESPN360.com, ESPN’s customized broadband service. Three of the ESPN2 telecasts will be in high definition. The matchups are highlighted by Old Dominion at No. 22 Northern Iowa on Friday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m., and Siena at No. 15 Butler on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 11 a.m. ET, both on ESPN2 HD and ESPN360.com.

 

2010 BracketBusters Schedule

 

Date

Time (ET)

Matchup

Network(s)

Fri, Feb 19

7 p.m.

Old Dominion at No. 22 Northern Iowa

ESPN2 HD / ESPN360.com

 

9 p.m.

William & Mary at Iona

ESPNU

Sat, Feb 20

11 a.m.

Siena at No. 15 Butler

ESPN2 HD / ESPN360.com

 

Noon

Morgan State at Murray State

ESPNU

 

1 p.m.

Louisiana Tech at Northeastern

ESPN2 / ESPN360.com

 

3 p.m.

Nevada at Missouri State

ESPN2 / ESPN360.com

 

4 p.m.

Akron at Virginia Commonwealth

ESPNU

 

8 p.m.

Coll. of Charleston at George Mason

ESPN2 HD / ESPN360.com

 

8 p.m.

Western Carolina at Kent State

ESPNU

 

10 p.m.

New Mexico State at Pacific

ESPNU

 

11:59 p.m.

Wichita State at Utah State

ESPN2 / ESPN360.com

 

This year’s 22 BracketBusters teams represent 10 conferences and:

·         Two ranked teams: No. 15 Butler and No. 22 Northern Iowa

·         19 teams in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) top 100: No. Iowa (16); Butler (18); Siena (44); Old Dominion (46); Wichita State (48); William & Mary (51); Utah State (55); Northeastern (56); Virginia Commonwealth (60); Nevada (66); Kent State (69); Western Carolina (73); La. Tech (74); New Mexico State (82); Missouri State (84); Iona (85); Murray State (92); College of Charleston (94); Pacific (95)

·         Seven 2009 NCAA Tournament participants: Northern Iowa; Siena; Butler; Morgan Sate; Akron; Virginia Commonwealth; Utah State

·         16 teams with 15 or more wins overall: Old Dominion; Northern Iowa; William & Mary; Iona; Siena; Butler; Morgan State; Murray State; La. Tech; Missouri State; Akron; Virginia Commonwealth; George Mason; Western Carolina; Wichita State; Utah State

·         Four teams undefeated in conference play: Butler; Siena; Morgan State and Murray State