Scores & Schedule Close keyboard_arrow_down
Full Athletic Schedule keyboard_arrow_left keyboard_arrow_right

Team News

Liberty to Host Iona in ESPNU BracketBusters

January 31, 2011  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
|   Share
The Liberty men's basketball team will host the Iona Gaels in this year's ESPNU's BracketBusters. The game will be televised live on ESPNU, Feb. 19, at 3 p.m.

The Liberty men's basketball team will host the Iona Gaels in this year's ESPNU's BracketBusters. The game will be televised live on ESPNU, Feb. 19, at 3 p.m.

Liberty is set to host the Iona Gaels of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) in this year's ESPNU BracketBusters, as announced by the network on the BracketBusters Selection Show. The game will be televised live on ESPNU, Feb. 19 inside the Vines Center at 3 p.m.

"It's a great thrill to be part of BracketBusters and to host a televised game on ESPNU," Liberty head coach Dale Layer stated. "Iona has a very experienced and balanced team. It's going to be fun for our team, fans and league."

Liberty will host a BracketBusters contest for the first time in program history. The Flames are looking for their first BracketBusters win, after falling in their previous two meetings in the series, against Niagara (Feb. 17, 2007) and Old Dominion (Feb. 21, 2009), respectively.

The Flames' match-up with the Gaels marks just the second meeting between the two squads. The inaugural contest took place on Dec. 20, 1997, as Iona defeated Liberty in New Rochelle, N.Y., 84-68.

A unique feature in the ESPNU BracketBusters series requires each home team to return a trip to the visiting team the following season. Next season, Liberty will step into Hynes Center to take on the Gaels. The Flames are 1-1 when meeting previous BracketBusters opponents. Liberty's lone victory in a BracketBusters rematch occurred on Dec. 1, 2007, when the Flames defeated the Niagara inside the Vines Center, 86-81.

The 11 nationally-televised match-ups from the pool of 114 teams – the largest field in the event's history – will have six games airing on ESPN2/ESPN and five televised on ESPNU. All ESPN2 contests will be simulcast on ESPN3.com.

Liberty gives the Big South Conference its fourth participant in a televised BracketBusters contest in the six years the conference has been part of the series. The Flames are one of a Big South-record nine teams participating in this year's event. Also representing the Big South in the 2011 event will be last year's four BracketBusters participants Winthrop, Radford, Presbyterian College and Gardner-Webb, plus High Point, UNC Asheville, Charleston Southern and VMI -- the latter two making their first appearance in the series.

The Big South has the third-most Conference members participating of the 15 leagues involved this season, and the conference will play three members of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), two members from the Southern Conference (SoCon), and one each from the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC), Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), the Mid-American Conference (MAC) and MAAC.