Friday, October 01, 2010

Maine Black Bears Hoops to appear on ESPN

The University of Maine men's basketball team has been selected to participate in a 2011 ESPN BracketBusters game.

The Black Bears, coming off a 19-11 campaign and third place finish in America East, will be among five teams from America East to play in a non-conference game between February 18-20, 2011. Maine will be on the road at an opponent to be announced
January 31, 2011.

The ninth annual BracketBusters, a three-day men's college basketball event pitting potential NCAA Tournament hopefuls against each other, will feature 11 nationally televised games - on either ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU -- selected from a pool of 114
teams, the largest BracketBusters pool in the event's history.

For the sixth straight year, ESPNU, the 24-hour college sports network, will feature five BracketBusters games, while ESPN or ESPN2 will televise up to six contests.

BracketBusters, named because of the success of the teams in NCAA Tournament play, will provide the 22 televised teams an opportunity to play other top non-conference opponents three weeks before Selection Sunday. The 92 teams not selected for
BracketBusters will compete against each other through the same three days.

The 114-team field will feature teams from 15 conferences as well as one independent: 12 from the Mid-American Conference and Colonial Athletic; 10 from the Ohio Valley Conference, Missouri Valley and Metro Atlantic Athletic; nine from Big Sky, Big
South, Big West and Western Athletic; eight from the Horizon League; five from America East and Southern; two from the MEAC and West Coast; and one from the Summit League, as well as independent Seattle.

As part of the agreement, all eleven of the BracketBusters home teams in televised games, as well as the remaining 46 home squads, will play a "return" game at the home facility of their opponent in November or December of the 2012-13 season

Teams participating this season in BracketBusters have produced 74 appearances in the last five NCAA Tournaments.

--UMaine Communications--



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