ESPN’s BracketBusters Features All 10 Southland Teams in 2013

Thirteen telecast windows across ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 during Feb. 22-23

BRISTOL, Conn. – The 11th annual BracketBusters, a two-day men’s college basketball event pitting potential NCAA Championship hopefuls against each other Feb. 22-23, will feature 13 nationally televised games – across ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3. The NCAA hopefuls will be selected from a pool of 122 teams from 15 conferences, including Ohio University, which made a run into the Sweet Sixteen.

ESPN2 will feature five BracketBusters games, while ESPNU and ESPN3 will each house four games. The 13 BracketBusters matchups will be announced Monday, Jan. 28 with dates, times and networks. The televised matchups are selected by ESPN, while a Committee of Conference Commissioners determines the additional non-televised games.

BracketBusters, named because of the success of the teams in NCAA Championship play, will provide the 26 televised teams an opportunity to play other top non-conference opponents three weeks before Selection Sunday. The 96 teams not selected for BracketBusters will compete against each other through the same three days.

The 122-team field will feature teams from 13 conferences: 12 each from Big South, Mid-American Conference and Ohio Valley Conference; 11 from the Big Sky; 10 each from Big West, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Missouri Valley and Southland Conference; nine each from Horizon and Summit Leagues; six from the Western Athletic Association; four from the Southern Conference; three from the MEAC; and two each from the America East and West Coast Conferences.

As part of the agreement, all 13 of the BracketBusters home teams in televised games, as well as the remaining 58 home squads, will play a return game at the home facility of their opponent in November or December of the 2013-14 season.

BracketBusters is part of ESPN’s college basketball franchise programming, along with Feast Week presented by Lowe’s, Holiday Hoops Presented by Kay Jewelers, Rivalry Week, Bracket Builder Week and Championship Week Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.

Teams participating this season in BracketBusters have produced 102 appearances in the last seven NCAA Championships.

All 10 Southland Conference teams will participate in 2013 with Central Arkansas, Lamar, Oral Roberts and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi playing home games. McNeese State, Nicholls State, Northwestern State, Sam Houston State, Southeastern Louisiana and Stephen F. Austin all will play on the road.

Last year, the Southland went 6-6 in BracketBusters with wins by McNeese State, Northwestern State, Southeastern Louisiana, Stephen F. Austin, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and former member Texas State. Southland newcomer Oral Roberts also won its BracketBusters game last year, beating Akron 67-61.

2013 BracketBusters Home and Away Teams

(Matchups announced Jan. 28)

Home Team

Visiting Team

America East



Big Sky

Eastern Washington


Idaho State

Northern Arizona

Montana State

North Dakota

Portland State

Northern Colorado

Southern Utah

Sacramento State

Weber State

Big South


Charleston Southern

High Point

Coastal Carolina



UNC Asheville





Virginia Military Institute

Big West

UC Davis

UC Irvine

Cal Poly

UC Riverside

UC Santa Barbara

Cal State Fullerton


Cal State Northridge

Long Beach State




Cleveland State

Loyola (Ill.)



Green Bay

Wright State


Youngstown State

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference






Loyola (Md.)




Saint Peter’s



Ball State


Bowling Green

Eastern Michigan

Central Michigan

Northern Illinois

Kent State


Miami (Ohio)

Western Michigan




Morgan State

Savannah State

Missouri Valley



Indiana State


Northern Iowa


Southern Illinois

Illinois State

Wichita State

Missouri State

Ohio Valley


Austin Peay

Murray State

Eastern Illinois

SE Missouri State

Eastern Kentucky


Jacksonville State

Tennessee State

Morehead State

Tennessee Tech

SIU Edwardsville


College of Charleston



Western Carolina


Central Arkansas

McNeese State


Nicholls State

Oral Roberts

Northwestern State

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Sam Houston State

Southeastern Louisiana

Stephen F. Austin

Summit League




North Dakota State

Nebraska Omaha

South Dakota


South Dakota State

Western Illinois


Utah State

Texas State





West Coast Conference

St. Mary’s (Calif.)

Loyola Marymount

BracketBusters in NCAA Championship play from 2006-12:

2012 NCAA Championship: 13 berths – Creighton, Davidson, VCU, Iona, Lamar, Long Beach State, Murray State, New Mexico State, Ohio, Saint Mary’s, South Dakota State, UNC-Asheville, Wichita State. 5 wins: VCU defeated Wichita State; Murray State defeated Colorado State; Creighton defeated Alabama; Ohio advanced to the Sweet Sixteen by defeating Michigan and USF.

2011 NCAA Championship: 13 berths – Akron, Boston University, George Mason, Indiana State, Morehead State, Northern Colorado, Old Dominion, Saint Peter’s, UC-Santa Barbara, UNC Ashville, Utah State, VCU, and Wofford. Eight wins: George Mason defeated Villanova; Morehead State defeated Louisville; UNC Ashville defeated Arkansas-Little Rock; VCU advanced to the Final Four defeating USC, Georgetown, Purdue, Florida State and Kansas.

2010 NCAA Championship: 12 berths – Butler, Morgan State, Murray State, New Mexico State, Northern Iowa, Ohio, Old Dominion, Siena, Utah State, UC-Santa Barbara, Vermont, Winthrop. 10 wins overall: Butler advanced to the National Title game defeating UTEP, Murray State, Syracuse, Kansas State, Michigan State; Murray State defeated Vanderbilt; Northern Iowa defeated UNLV and Kansas; Ohio defeated Georgetown; and Old Dominion defeated Notre Dame.

2009 NCAA Championship: 13 berths – Akron, Binghamton, Butler, Cal State Northridge, Cleveland State, Morehead State, Morgan State, North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, Portland State, Siena, Utah State, and Virginia Commonwealth. Three wins overall: Cleveland State defeated Wake Forest; Morehead State defeated Alabama State and Siena beat Ohio State.

2008 NCAA Championship: 15 Berths - Austin Peay, Boise State, Butler, Cal State-Fullerton, Davidson, Drake, George Mason, Kent State, Oral Roberts, Portland State, Saint Mary’s, San Diego, Siena, UMBC and Winthrop. Six wins overall: Davidson defeated Gonzaga, Georgetown and Wisconsin to reach the Elite Eight; Butler defeated South Alabama; Siena defeated Vanderbilt; and San Diego defeated Connecticut.

2007 NCAA Championship: 17 Berths - Albany, Butler, Creighton, Davidson, Eastern Kentucky, Holy Cross, Long Beach State, Miami (Ohio), Nevada, New Mexico State, Niagara, Old Dominion, Oral Roberts, Southern Illinois, Virginia Commonwealth, Winthrop and Wright State. Seven wins overall: Butler defeated Old Dominion and Maryland to reach the Sweet Sixteen; Southern Illinois defeated Holy Cross and Virginia Tech to reach the Sweet Sixteen; Nevada defeated Creighton; Virginia Commonwealth defeated Duke; and Winthrop defeated Notre Dame.

2006 NCAA Championship: 19 Berths - Albany, Bradley, Bucknell, George Mason, Iona, Kent State, Montana, Murray State, Nevada, UNC-Wilmington, Northern Iowa, Northwestern State, Pacific, Oral Roberts, Utah State, Southern Illinois, UW-Milwaukee, Winthrop and Wichita State. Twelve wins overall: Bradley defeated Kansas and Pittsburgh to reach the Sweet Sixteen; Bucknell defeated Arkansas; George Mason defeated Michigan State, North Carolina, Wichita State and Connecticut to reach the Final Four; Montana defeated Nevada; Northwestern State defeated Iowa; UW-Milwaukee defeated Oklahoma; and Wichita State defeated Seton Hall and Tennessee to reach the Sweet Sixteen.

About BracketBusters

The 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. 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.

– 30 –

ESPN Media contact: Rachel Margolis


March Madness Central

sportsNOLA's Starting Lineup
The Manager
Ken Trahan
Blog | Bio |

The Starting Lineup
Ed Daniels
WGNO-TV Sports / WGSO 990am
Blog | Bio |
Rene Nadeau
Fox Sports/ESPN/WHNO/Tigervision
Blog | Bio |
Brian Allee-Walsh
sportsNOLAtv/WHNO/The Advocate
Blog | Bio |
Tommy Krysan
Baton Rouge Correspondent
Blog | Bio |
Sports Mole
Rumor Mill - Diggin' Deep
Blog | Bio |
Ro Brown
Blog | Bio |
Lenny Vangilder
College Sports Insider/WHNO-TV
Blog | Bio |
Ron Brocato
Prep Sports Insider/Clarion Herald
Articles | Bio
Bill Bumgarner
Blog | Bio |
Danny Riehm
WHNO Baseball Analyst/Coach
Blog | Bio |
Rick Gaille
Football Analyst/WGSO
Blog | Bio |
Will Peneguy
General Sports Columnist
Blog | Bio |
Jude Young
sportsNOLA Editor/WHNO/WGSO
Blog | Bio |

The Bullpen
Alan DeRitter
Soccer Analyst & Coach
Blog | Bio |
Al Dupuy
NFL Draft Day Report
Blog | Bio |
Alan Donnes
Local Author (Patron Saints)
Blog | Bio |
David Grubb
General Sports Takes
Blog | Bio |
Jimmy Headrick
Golf Analyst
Blog | Bio |
Lori Lyons
General Columnist
Articles | Bio |
Emmanuel Pepis
Prep & Fantasy Analysis
Blog | Bio |
James Rizer, D.C.
Provance Chiropractic Sports
Blog | Bio |
Jimmy Touchet
CENLA/NELA Prep Analysis
Articles | Bio
J.L. Vangilder
Bowling Analyst
Blog | Bio 

The Bench
George Pepis
Prep/Horse Racing
Blog |
Johnny Marchese
Prep Sports Analysis
Blog |
William Guillory
General Sports Take

Darrell Ashley
General Sports Takes

Jason Duhe
General Sports Takes