RICHMOND, Va. (Sept. 23, 2009) - All 12 CAA men's basketball teams will participate in the eighth annual BracketBusters for the fourth consecutive year. The two-day event, which is set for February 19-20, 2010, will feature 11 nationally televised contests on ESPN2 and ESPNU.
The CAA has had tremendous success in BracketBusters, with the league posting an 11-5 record in televised contests over the past five years. CAA teams have registered several impressive victories in the event, including George Mason's triumph at Wichita State in 2006, Drexel winning at Creighton in 2007, VCU posting a road victory at Akron in 2008 and Northeastern topping Wright State on the road in 2009.
"No conference has benefitted more from BracketBusters than the CAA," CAA Commissioner Tom Yeager said. "Having the opportunity to participate in late-season national television games has dramatically helped position our teams for post-season consideration."
A pool of 98 teams from 13 different conferences will participate in the 2010 BracketBusters. The field includes teams with 89 appearances in the last six NCAA Tournaments, including a team in the Final Four - George Mason (2006); one in the Elite Eight - Davidson (2008) and six Sweet Sixteen squads - Butler (2007), Southern Illinois (2007), Bradley (2006), Wichita State (2006), UW-Milwaukee (2005) and Nevada (2004).
Delaware, George Mason, Georgia State, Hofstra, Northeastern and VCU will play home games, while Drexel, James Madison, UNC Wilmington, Old Dominion, Towson and William and Mary are road teams.
ESPN2 will televise six games in the event. ESPNU, the 24-hour college sports network, will air five BracketBusters contests. The 11 BracketBusters matchups will be announced February 1, while game times and network assignments will be announced February 8.
BracketBusters, named because of the success of the teams in NCAA Tournament play, will provide the 22 televised teams an opportunity to play other top non-conference opponents three weeks prior to Selection Sunday. The 76 teams not selected for BracketBusters will compete against each other over the same two days.
The 98-team field will feature 12 teams from the CAA and the Mid-American; 11 from the Ohio Valley, 10 from the Missouri Valley, Horizon League and Metro Atlantic Athletic ; nine from the Western Athletic and Big West; four from the Big South and Southern; three from America East, two from the MEAC and one from the Big Sky and Summit.
As part of the agreement, all 11 of the BracketBusters home teams, as well as the remaining 38 home squads, will play a "return" game at the home facility of their opponent in November or December of the following season.
HOME TEAMS ROAD TEAMS
George Mason James Madison
Georgia State UNC Wilmington
Hofstra Old Dominion
VCU William and Mary
America East America East
Vermont Boston University
Big South Big South
Big West Big West
Cal State Fullerton Cal Poly
Cal State Northridge Long Beach State
UC Irvine UC Davis
UC Riverside UC Santa Barbara
Butler Loyola (Ill.)
Cleveland State Illinois-Chicago
Green Bay Wright State
Milwaukee Youngstown State
Metro Atlantic Metro Atlantic
Loyola (Md.) Niagara
Saint Peter's Siena
Ball State Akron
Bowling Green Buffalo
Central Michigan Eastern Michigan
Kent State Northern Illinois
Miami (Ohio) Toledo
Ohio Western Michigan
South Carolina State
Missouri Valley Missouri Valley
Creighton Indiana State
Evansville Wichita State
Ohio Valley Ohio Valley
Austin Peay Morehead State
Eastern Illinois SIU-Edwardsville
Eastern Kentucky Southeast Missouri
Jacksonville State Tennessee State
Murray State Tennessee Tech
Appalachian State College of Charleston
Western Athletic Western Athletic
Boise State Louisiana Tech
Fresno State Nevada
Hawaii New Mexico State
Idaho San Jose State