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Liberty Men's Hoops Selected to Participate in ESPN's BracketBuster
Liberty University will be among a field of 102 teams scheduled to compete for one of the 13 BracketBuster nationally-televised games, which was announced today by ESPN. The event will be held February 16-17, and marks Liberty's first appearance in the five year-series.
Liberty joins fellow Big South members Winthrop and Coastal Carolina in the BracketBuster field. The Big South went 2-1 last year in the BracketBusters, its first-ever involvement in the event. Winthrop defeated MAC member Northern Illinois in double overtime, 98-97, while UNC Asheville won at OVC member Eastern Kentucky, 83-77. High Point fell in the closing minutes at MAAC member Loyola (Md.), 77-71. In this year's series, Coastal Carolina has drawn a home game while Winthrop and Liberty will play road contests.
"As a program we are honored to have an opportunity to participate in the ESPN BracketBusters field," commented head coach Randy Dunton. "It presents quality competition with a tournament game atmosphere. This is valuable experience for our players and can be used effectively for post season preparation."
Liberty is scheduled to play on February 17th against an opponent that will be announced by ESPN approximately three weeks prior to the contest.
Home and road team designations for those subsequent contests have been determined and are listed here.
Thirteen of the 51 match-ups pitting potential NCAA Tournament hopefuls against each other will be televised nationally, highlighted by a total of six games on ESPN2. An additional five games will be aired on ESPNU – ESPN's 24-hour collegiate sports network which launched on March 4, 2005 – and two on ESPN360 – ESPN's customized broadband service.
The remainder of the Liberty Men's Basketball schedule will be released later this week.