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, 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


2010 BracketBusters Schedule



Time (ET)



Fri, Feb 19

7 p.m.

Old Dominion at No. 22 Northern Iowa



9 p.m.

William & Mary at Iona


Sat, Feb 20

11 a.m.

Siena at No. 15 Butler




Morgan State at Murray State



1 p.m.

Louisiana Tech at Northeastern



3 p.m.

Nevada at Missouri State



4 p.m.

Akron at Virginia Commonwealth



8 p.m.

Coll. of Charleston at George Mason



8 p.m.

Western Carolina at Kent State



10 p.m.

New Mexico State at Pacific



11:59 p.m.

Wichita State at Utah State



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