The Final Countdown: ESPN BracketBusters matchups announced for Summit League

Posted: February 4, 2013 in NCAAB, Summit League

ESPN’s BracketBusters have been a bit of a conundrum for Summit League teams and coaches.

On one hand, it’s undoubtedly a great spotlight for a league that receives little fanfare on the major networks until March comes around, or a dominant player (Nate Wolters) or performance (Travis Bader) permeates the national consciousness of college basketball’s mainstream. On the other, it contorts practices, schedules and times to be less than ideal for a conference that features a greater amount of travel and the wear and tear that comes about with it.

Regardless, the conference as a whole seems to have benefited once again this year, grabbing two prime time games on consecutive nights, as is mentioned below.

Known games and opponents are as follows (times listed are ET):

Bowling Green at IPFW
Cleveland State at Western Illinois
North Dakota at Nebraska-Omaha
North Dakota State @ Akron (2/22, 7 p.m. on ESPN2)
Oakland vs. Morehead State
South Dakota at Montana State (2/23, 2 p.m.)
South Dakota State at Murray State (2/23, 8 p.m. on ESPN2)
UMKC at Tennessee Tech
Wisconsin-Milwaukee at IUPUI (2/23, 3 p.m.)

A breakdown of opponents by conference: Big Sky Conference (2), Horizon League (2), MAC (2), Ohio Valley Conference (3).

In case you were wondering, a few of last year’s Summit League departees are also in  this year’s BracketBusters: Weber St travels to Oral Roberts (Southland), and Cal State-Northridge plays at Southern Utah (Big Sky).

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