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ESPNU BracketBusters Selection, Tigers Host University of Detroit
Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Tigers Learn Their ESPNU BracketBusters Match-Up

Nashville, Tenn. - The empty slot in the Tennessee State University men's basketball schedule was furnished with the announcement of the ESPNU Bracketbusters match-up Monday evening (2/02).

TSU will host the University of Detroit Titans on February 21st at the Gentry Center in non-conference play. This will be the first meeting ever between the two schools. Tip-off time will be announced on a later date.

Detroit, out of the Horizon League, is currently 6-15 overall, 1-10 in conference play. The Titans, under the tutelage of first-year coach Ray McCallum have won two of their last three games and are led in scoring by junior forwards Thomas Kennedy (12.6 ppg) and Xavier Keeling (12.4 ppg). Keeling has Nashville area roots, hailing from Huntsville, AL.

The Tigers (6-15, 4-7 OVC) have dropped three of their last four games and are led by sophomore guard Gerald Robinson, Jr. (17.4 ppg) and senior forward Jerrell Houston (13.2 ppg).

In the seven-year existence of the ESPNU BracketBusters, TSU has been selected to play in four games. The Tigers are 1-1 in the national event defeating Ball State, 70-6 in 2006, before losing to Loyola (Md.), 62-60, in 2007. Last season's game at Northern Illinois was canceled. In the agreement TSU signed to participate in the Bracketbusters, the Tigers will play a return game at Detroit next season.

The Tigers will play five OVC games before the Bracketbusters match-up against Murray State (2/4), UT Martin (2/7), at Jacksonville State (2/9), at Austin Peay (2/14), and at Tennessee Tech (2/19). TSU will finish the OVC regular season hosting Southeast Missouri State (2/26) and Eastern Illinois (2/28).


Out of the pool of 102 BracketBusters teams, 26 schools were chosen for 13 total games that will air on the ESPN Family of Networks. No Ohio Valley Conference school was picked to play in a television match-up. Tiger fans can view the game live on OVCSports.TV or tune in to the action on the Big Blue Sports Network.

The ESPNU BracketBusters concept, named because of the success of teams from these conferences in NCAA Tournament play over the past years, provides participating programs with an opportunity to play top non-conference opponents approximately three weeks prior to Selection Sunday.

Each conference selected their participating teams prior to the season and the matchups for the event were determined by ESPN in conjunction with the conferences. The 2009 ESPNU BracketBusters will take place over two days for the fourth straight year — Friday-Saturday, February 20-21 — with a total pool of 102 teams representing 17 conferences in a 51-game event.