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Posted by Michael Humes on February 19, 2013

Men’s College Hoops: Two-Day BracketBusters Event & Top Teams

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ESPN’s men’s college basketball schedule for this weekend will include the 11th Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters – a two-day event of 13 games between NCAA Championship hopefuls – on Friday, Feb. 22 and Saturday, Feb. 23. Highlights:

  • ESPNU will televise Montana at Davidson on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 3 p.m. Montana, with a 19-5 overall record, is the current leader of the Big Sky Conference, while Davidson, at 14-1 in conference and 19-7 overall, holds the best record in the Southern Conference.
  • The event will showcase the top two teams in the Missouri Valley Conference on Saturday, Feb. 23:
    • Top MVC team Wichita State against Detroit, the second place squad in the Horizon League, at 4 p.m. on ESPN.
    • Creighton at Saint Mary’s, the second place team behind No. 3 Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference, at 6 p.m. on ESPN.
  • ESPN2 will televise the top two teams in the Mid-American Conference East Division:
    • Akron against North Dakota State, with a 20-7 overall record, Friday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
    • Ohio at Belmont, holder of the best record in the Ohio Valley Conference at 11-2, Saturday, Feb. 23, at 10 p.m.
  • ESPNU and ESPN3 will combine to cover the top two teams in the Southland Conference, both against teams leading their respective conferences:
    • Stephen F. Austin at Big West Conference leader Long Beach State on Friday, Feb. 22, at 9 p.m. on ESPNU.
    • Northwestern State at Niagara, top team in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 3 p.m. on ESPN3.

ESPN’s college basketball schedule also includes:

  • A Saturday prime time ESPNU showcase of No. 5 Florida against Arkansas on February 23, at 7 p.m. Arkansas defeated then-No. 2 Florida 80-69 on February 5, handing the Gators their only SEC loss this season.
  • ESPNU will televise St. Louis at No. 15 Butler, in a matchup between two of the top teams in the Atlantic 10 Conference, on Friday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m.
  • ESPN3 will provide coverage of TCU at No. 9 Kansas on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 4 p.m. TCU defeated then-No. 5 Kansas in its first meeting February 6, giving the Horned Frogs their only Big 12 Conference win this season.
  • A Sunday afternoon ESPN telecast of No. 7 Michigan against Illinois February 24, at 1 p.m.

ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 schedule through February 24

DateTime (ET)Matchup/CommentatorsNetwork
Thu, Feb 217 p.m.Cincinnati at Connecticut
John Saunders, Seth Greenberg & Andy Katz
 7 p.m.Georgia at Arkansas
Rece Davis & Bob Knight
 8 p.m.South Alabama at Middle TennesseeESPN3
 9 p.m.No. 6 Duke at Virginia Tech
Dave O’Brien & Doris Burke
 9 p.m.Iowa at Nebraska
Mark Neely & Dan Dakich
 9 p.m.California at No. 23 Oregon
Roxy Bernstein & Miles Simon
 11 p.m.BYU at St. Mary’s (Calif.)
Kanoa Leahey & Sean Farnham
 11 p.m.Stanford at Oregon State
Tom Hart & Darrin Horn
Fri, Feb 227 p.m.Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters: North Dakota State at Akron
Lou Canellis & Mark Adams
 7 p.m.St. Louis at No. 15 Butler
Jim Barbar & Malcolm Huckaby
 9 p.m.Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters: Stephen F. Austin at Long Beach State
Roxy Bernstein & Corey Williams
Sat, Feb 2311 a.m.Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters: Iona at Indiana State
Doug Sherman & Sean Harrington
 NoonClemson at Maryland
Carter Blackburn & Jay Williams
 NoonSeton Hall at No. 10 Louisville
Anish Shroff & Bob Wenzel
ESPN3 * & BIG EAST Network
 1 p.m.Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters: Pacific at Western Michigan
Dan Gutowsky & Nate Ross
 1 p.m.Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters: Canisius at Vermont
Ed Cohen & Rob Kennedy
 1 p.m.Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters: Eastern Kentucky at Valparaiso
Jim Barbar & Brooke Weisbrod
 1 p.m.No. 2 Miami at Wake ForestESPN3 * & RSN
 1:30 p.m.Texas Tech at Iowa State
Dave Armstrong & Stephen Howard
ESPN3 * & Big 12 Network
 1:30 p.m.Alabama at LSU
Joe Davis & Barry Booker
ESPN3 & SEC Network
 1:30 p.m.Vanderbilt at Mississippi State
Dave Baker & Jon Sundvold
ESPN3 & SEC Network
 2 p.m.No. 14 Oklahoma State at West Virginia
Jon Sciambi & Fran Fraschilla
 3 p.m.Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters: Montana at Davidson
Roy Philpott & Paul Biancardi
 3 p.m.Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters: Northwestern State at Niagara
Mike Gleason & Daymeon Fishback
 3:15 p.m.East Tennessee State at JacksonvilleESPN3
 4 p.m.NC State at North Carolina
Dave O’Brien & Doris Burke
 4 p.m.Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters: Detroit at Wichita State
Dave Lamont & Darrin Horn
 4 p.m.Tennessee at Texas A&M
Clay Matvick & Joe Dean
ESPN3 & SEC Network
 4 p.m.TCU at No. 9 Kansas
Mitch Holthus & Reid Gettys
ESPN3 * & Big 12 Network
 5 p.m.Baylor at Oklahoma
Brad Sham & Bob Valvano
 6 p.m.Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters: Creighton at Saint Mary’s
Mark Jones & Jimmy Dykes
 6 p.m.No. 17 Marquette at Villanova
Mike Patrick & Len Elmore
 7 p.m.Arkansas at No. 5 Florida
Tom Hart & Matt Doherty
 7:30 p.m.Elon at ChattanoogaESPN3
 8 p.m.Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters: South Dakota State at Murray State
Roxy Bernstein & Mark Adams
 8 p.m.Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters: Denver at Northern Iowa
Mike Couzens & Rich Zvosec
 8 p.m.Connecticut at DePaul
Lou Canellis & Sean Kearney
ESPN3 * & BIG EAST Network
 9 p.m.Missouri at Kentucky
Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale & Samantha Ponder
 9 p.m.Providence at Rutgers
Beth Mowins & Tim Welsh
 10 p.m.Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters: Ohio at Belmont
Mike Crispino & Malcolm Huckaby
 11 p.m.Washington at Arizona State
Dave Flemming & Sean Farnham
Sun, Feb 24NoonNo. 20 Pittsburgh at St. John’s
Eamon McAnaney & John Celestand
 1 p.m.Illinois at No. 7 Michigan
Bob Wischusen & Dan Dakich
 2 p.m.Boston College at No. 6 DukeESPN3 * & ACC Network
 2 p.m.Georgia Tech at VirginiaESPN3 * & ACC Network
 6 p.m.Florida State at Virginia Tech
Carter Blackburn, Jay Williams & Allison Williams
 8 p.m.LIU Brooklyn at Wagner
Bob Picozzi & Dereck Whittenburg

* Local blackout may apply