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WAC BracketBuster Matchups Set
Courtesy: WAC
DENVER--ESPNU announced the matchups for the 11th Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters – a two-day men’s college basketball event pitting potential NCAA Championship hopefuls against each other Friday, Feb. 22 and Saturday, Feb. 23 – on the Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters Selection Show.

The WAC received one of the 13 featured games. Denver will travel to play Northern Iowa on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.

The Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters field will feature 13 nationally televised games across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3, selected from 122 eligible teams. ESPN2 will have a minimum of three BracketBusters games (an additional two games are designated as flex picks for either ESPN or ESPN2 determined approximately one week before the games) and ESPNU and ESPN3 will each host four games.

Friday, Feb. 22 (All times Eastern)
North Dakota State at Akron, 7 p.m. (ESPN2/WatchESPN)
Stephen F. Austin at Long Beach State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU/WatchESPN)

Saturday, Feb. 23 (All times Eastern)
Iona at Indiana State, 11 a.m. (ESPNU/WatchESPN)
Eastern Kentucky at Valparaiso, 1 p.m. (ESPNU/WatchESPN)
Canisius at Vermont, 1 p.m. (ESPN3)
Pacific at Western Michigan, 2 p.m. (ESPN3)
Montana at Davidson, 3 p.m. (ESPNU/WatchESPN)
Northwestern State at Niagra, 3 p.m. (ESPN3)
Detroit at Wichita State, 4 p.m. (ESPN or ESPN2/WatchESPN)
No. 16 Creighton at St. Mary's, 6 p.m. (ESPN or ESPN2/WatchESPN)
South Dakota State at Murray State, 8 p.m. (ESPN2/WatchESPN)
Denver at Northern Iowa, 8 p.m. (ESPN3)
Iohio at Belmont, 10 p.m. (ESPN2/WatchESPN)

The other five WAC teams that were not selected to compete in a BracketBusters television game will play non-conference opponents on Saturday, Feb. 23. Those matchups are as follows:

WAC Non-TV Matchups (Saturday, Feb. 23)
Illinois State at Utah State, 7 p.m. MT
UC Irvine at UT Arlington, TBA
Nicholls State at UTSA, TBA
Idaho at Idaho State, TBA
Texas State at Lamar, TBA

The Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters concept, named because of the success of participating teams from these conferences in NCAA Championship play through the years, provides programs with an opportunity to play top non-conference opponents roughly three weeks before Selection Sunday. Each conference selects its participating teams before the season, and the matchups for the event are determined by ESPN in conjunction with the conferences. Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters is an example of ESPN college basketball franchise programming. Others include Rivalry Week, Feast Week Presented by Lowe’s, Holiday Hoops Presented by Kay Jewelers, Bracket Builder Week and Championship Week Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.
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