Utah State University will take on the Wichita State Shockers from the Missouri Valley Conference for their BracketBuster matchup. The game will be played on Feb. 20 at 10 p.m. in Logan and will be nationally televised on ESPN2. The announcement was made Monday night on ESPNU. During his weekly coaches show, Aggie Head Coach Stew Morrill said Wichita State is a quality opponent from a quality conference and will be a solid matchup for his team. In the next year or two, Morrill said, the Aggies will have to visit Wichita State for the second part of the series. Three other WAC teams will appear on national television as part of the BracketBusters event. Louisiana Tech will take on Northeastern, Nevada will face Missouri State, and New Mexico State will take on Pacific. The other five WAC teams that were not selected to compete in a BracketBusters television game will play non-conference opponents on Saturday, Feb. 20. Those matchups are as follows: UC Santa Barbara at Fresno State San Jose State at Montana State Long Beach State at Idaho UC Davis at Boise State Cal Poly at Hawai’i The eighth annual BracketBusters event, a two-day men’s college basketball extravaganza pitting potential NCAA Tournament hopefuls against each other Feb. 19-20, will feature 11 nationally televised games-on either ESPN2 or ESPNU-selected from a pool of 98 teams. For the fifth straight year, ESPNU, the 24-hour college sports network, will televise five BracketBusters games while ESPN2 will televise six contests. The 11 BracketBusters matchups will be announced today on ESPNU, the 24-hour college sports network, at 6:30 p.m. ET. The BracketBusters concept, named because of the success of teams from these conferences in NCAA Tournament play through the years, provides participating programs with an opportunity to play top non-conference opponents about three weeks before Selection Sunday. Each conference selected its participating teams before the season, and the matchups for the event were determined by ESPN in conjunction with the conferences.
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