The ESPN BracketBusters matchups have been released and there are some serious matchups that could go a long way in determining NCAA Tournament bids.
Locally, Stony Brook (13-7, 8-1 America East) will travel to Massachusetts to take on Northeastern on Saturday, February 18. This will be the first meeting between the teams since March 5, 2005, when both were in the America East. The Huskies lead the all-time series 6-3 and have won the last five matchups.
Last year, in its first BracketBuster appearance, Stony Brook fell to Manhattan, 64-63, in overtime. As part of the BracketBusters agreement Northeastern will play at Stony Brook during the 2013-14 season
Hofstra will host Siena the same day at 4 p.m. The Pride (7-16, 1-10 CAA) fell to Wright State, 82-56, in the BracketBuster. As part of the BracketBusters agreement, Siena will host Hofstra during either the 2012-13 or 2013-14 season.
The list below contains the televised games:
Friday, Feb. 17 (all times ET)
7 p.m. – Northern Iowa at VCU (ESPN2)
9 p.m. – Valparaiso at Loyola Marymount (ESPNU)
Saturday, Feb. 18
11 a.m. – Drexel at Cleveland State (ESPNU)
Noon – Wichita State at Davidson (ESPN or ESPN2)
1 p.m. – Buffalo at South Dakota State (ESPNU)
2 p.m. – Akron at Oral Roberts (ESPN or ESPN2)
3 p.m. – Drake at New Mexico State (ESPNU)
4 p.m. – Nevada at Iona (ESPN or ESPN2)
5 p.m. – Old Dominion at Missouri State (ESPNU)
6 p.m. – Saint Mary’s at Murray State (ESPN or ESPN2)
7 p.m. – UNC Asheville at Ohio (ESPN3)
8 p.m. – UT-Arlington at Weber State (ESPN3)
10 p.m. – Long Beach State at Creighton (ESPN2)