TSU to Appear in ESPN Sears BracketBusters
Thursday, September 29, 2011
TSU to Appear in ESPN Sears BracketBusters

Tennessee State University's men's basketball team will partake in the 10th annual ESPN Sears BracketBusters, a three-day event that pits potential NCAA Championship hopefuls against each other on Feb. 17-19, 2012.

Last season, the Tigers picked up a 78-63 win over Delaware State in the BracketBuster. This year, TSU will travel to an opponent to be named later.

For the seventh-consecutive year every Ohio Valley Conference school will be a member of the pool of teams participating in the event. Austin Peay, Eastern Illinois, Eastern Kentucky, Jacksonville State, Murray State and SIUE will serve as host institutions while Morehead State, Southeast Missouri State, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech and UT Martin will play road contests.

The NCAA hopefuls will be selected from a pool of 142 teams from 16 conferences, the largest Sears BracketBusters pool in the event's history, which includes two team that reached the 2011 Final Four in Houston.

For the seventh straight year, ESPNU will feature five Sears BracketBusters games, while ESPN or ESPN2 will television up to six and ESPN3 will carry two. The 13 Sears BracketBusters matchups will be announced Monday, Jan. 30 with dates, times and networks. The television matchups are selected by ESPN, while a Committee of Conference Commissioners determines the additional non-televised games.

Sears 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 116 teams not selected for Sears BracketBusters will compete against each other through the same three days.

As part of the agreement, all 13 of the Sears 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.

Sears BracketBusters is part of ESPN's college basketball franchise programming, along with Rivalry Week, Feast Week presented by Lowe's, Holiday Hoops Presented by Kay Jewelers, Judgment Week and Championship Week Presented by Dick's Sporting Goods.

Teams participating this season in Sears BracketBusters have produced 87 appearances in the last six NCAA Championships.