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Hofstra draws Wright State in Bracket Buster

Hofstra guard Charles Jenkins drives to the basket

Hofstra guard Charles Jenkins drives to the basket against Drexel guard Gerald Colds during the first half. Hofstra lost at home, 65-60. (Jan. 29, 2011) Credit: Christopher Pasatieri

Being apart of the ESPN “Bracket Busters” weekend has become a big deal these days, and rightfully so. It gives mid-major programs added exposure and a chance to be seen in parts of the country that otherwise don’t have a clue.

Enter Hofstra (14-8, 8-3 CAA), which has had a lot of success in the Bracket Buster, posting a 5-0 mark. The Pride will travel to Ohio on Saturday, February 19 to take on Wright State (14-9, 7-4 Horizon). The game will be televised on ESPNU. Tip off is set for 11:00 a.m.

It’s the sixth appearance in the Bracket Buster for Hofstra, including its third televised game. The Pride has televised wins at home over Holy Cross in 2007 and at Fairfield in 2009, in addition to non-televised wins over Siena (2006), Iona (2008) and Rider (2010).

Hofstra coach Mo Cassara was certainly pleased with his team being one of 114 teams to be selected to play on television. “I think it’s for the program to be in one of the 11 televised games,” Cassara said. “It’s a great honor.”

Cassara, who spent a year as an assistant at the University of Dayton, is no stranger to Wright State. “The condo I lived in when I was an assistant was right down the street from their arena,” Cassara said.

If there’s anything to complain about, the start time –11:00 a.m.– would be it. But Cassara was confident his team will be ready to go. “With everything we’ve been through as far as the weather and everything, we’ll be ready for the challenge,” he said. “I’m not worried about that at all.”

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