Broncos Men's Basketball to Travel to Portland State for ESPNU BracketBuster Game

BOISE, Idaho The Western Athletic Conference (WAC) announced today that the Boise State University men’s basketball team will travel to Portland State to play on February 21 (Saturday) in the seventh annual O’Reilly ESPNU BracketBusters.  

Game time and which ESPN channel the game will be broadcast on, will be announced next Monday (Feb. 9).  

Boise State currently has an overall record of 15-6 and is in third place in the WAC with a 5-3 record.  Portland State, a member of the Big Sky Conference, has an overall record of 15-7 and is 6-3 in league play this year.

Two other teams from the WAC join Boise State in BracketBuster games to be televised by ESPN.  The University of Nevada will host Virginia Commonwealth, and Utah State University will play at Saint Mary’s.

Portland State will return the game to Boise, next season as part of the arrangement.
The Broncos are traveling to two WAC opponents this week beginning with San Jose State on Saturday (Feb. 7), and finishing at Fresno State on Monday (Feb. 9).

2009 ESPNU BracketBusters Pairings

Friday, Feb. 20
Virginia Commonwealth at Nevada
Illinois State at Niagara

Saturday, Feb. 21
George Mason at Creighton
#11 Butler at Davidson
Miami (OH) at Evansville
Hofstra at Fairfield
Green Bay at Long Beach State
Liberty at Old Dominion
Boise State at Portland State
#22 Utah State at Saint Mary's
Northern Iowa at Siena
Buffalo at Vermont
Northeastern at Wright State
This year’s 26 ESPNU BracketBusters teams represent 12 conferences and:

  • Two ranked teams: #11 Butler and #22 Utah State.
  • Four teams in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) top 50, including Butler at ninth and Siena at 20th; and 21 in the top 100.
  • Seven 2008 NCAA Tournament participants: Davidson, George Mason, Boise State, Butler, Portland State, Siena and Saint Mary’s.
  • Fourteen teams with 15 or more wins overall, and four undefeated in conference play (Butler, Davidson, Utah State and Siena).

The ESPNU 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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