ESPN’s 10th annual college basketball BracketBusters is set for this weekend. Good matchups involving mid-major teams hoping to make an impression for the NCAA Tournament next month. ESPN’s main analyst, Dick Vitale, will be paired with Dave O’Brien for the St. Mary’s at Murray State game on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET.
Other analysts of note include Miles Simon working the Valparaiso at Loyola-Marymount game on Friday, Bob Valvano on the Buffalo-South Dakota State game early Saturday afternoon and Stephen Bardo on the nightcap game Saturday between Long Beach State and Creighton.
Lots of fun games as bubble teams hope to make an impression on the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee.
BracketBusters starts Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 and concludes with the last game starting at 10 p.m. Saturday. Thirteen games will be played in all.
Here’s the press release from ESPN.
The 10th annual BracketBusters – a two-day men’s college basketball event pitting NCAA Championship hopefuls – tips off Friday, Feb. 17 and Saturday, Feb. 18 across ESPN networks with a slew of talented announcers. Hall of Fame analyst Dick Vitale, along with play-by-play veteran Dave O’Brien, will have the call of the No. 14 Murray State vs. No. 16 Saint Mary’s matchup Saturday, at 6 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN3.
Also in the BracketBusters field and receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll are Creighton, Long Beach State, Nevada, Texas-Arlington and Wichita State.
2012 BracketBusters Schedule (All times are Eastern and are subject to change)
Date Time Game/Commentators Network(s) Fri, Feb 17 7 p.m. Northern Iowa at Virginia Commonwealth
Bob Wischusen & Dan Dakich
ESPN2/ESPN3 9 p.m. Valparaiso at Loyola-Marymount
Mark Neely & Miles Simon
ESPNU Sat, Feb 18 11 a.m. Drexel at Cleveland State
Adam Amin & Brooke Weisbrod
ESPNU noon Wichita State at Davidson
Marc Kestecher & LaPhonso Ellis
ESPN2/ESPN3 1 p.m. Buffalo at South Dakota State
Mike Crispino & Bob Valvano
ESPNU 2 p.m. Akron at Oral Roberts
Rich Hollenberg & Mark Adams
ESPN2/ESPN3 3 p.m. Drake at New Mexico State
Dan Gutowsky & Paul Biancardi
ESPNU 4 p.m. Nevada at Iona
Doug Sherman & Sean Farnham
ESPN2/ ESPN3 5 p.m. Old Dominion at Missouri State
Justin Kutcher & Ron Thompson
ESPNU 6 p.m. No. 16 Saint Mary’s at No. 14 Murray State
Dave O’Brien & Dick Vitale
ESPN/ESPN3 7 p.m. UNC Asheville at Ohio
Jim Barbar & Reggie Rankin
ESPN3 8 p.m. Texas-Arlington at Weber State
Greg Heister & Bill Herenda
ESPN3 10 p.m. Long Beach State at Creighton
Roxy Bernstein & Stephen Bardo
That’s going to do it.