Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Tigers 1-0 in Bracketbusters ... Tennessee State University men's basketball team will be one of six Ohio Valley Conference teams to serve as home team in the ESPN Bracketbusters series, set for Friday-Saturday, February 16-17, 2007. Last year, the Tigers playing as a visiting team, edged Ball State (70-69) in the Bracketbuster series. As part of the Bracketbuster series agreement, home teams will play a return game at the home facility of their BracketBuster series opponent in November or December of the following season. Tennessee State will host Ball State at Gentry Center on December 22, 2006. A record 102 men's basketball teams will compete in the 51-game, two-day event. The pool of teams will feature 12 teams from the Mid-American Conference and Colonial Athletic Association; 10 from the Missouri Valley and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conferences; nine from the Western Athletic Conference and Horizon League; eight from the Big West Conference; four from the Big Sky and Southern Conferences; three from the Big South Conference and Patriot League; two from the America East, Mid-Continent and Southland Conferences; and one from the West Coast Conference. Thirteen of the 51 contests will be televised nationally, including six games on ESPN2. An additional five games will be aired on ESPNU, ESPN's 24-hour collegiate sports network, and two on ESPN360, ESPN's customized broadband service. The match-ups for the 13 televised games will be announced on Monday, January 29, 2007, while pairing decisions for the remaining games will be announced by Wednesday, January 31. -- tsu --