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MBB: Shockers to Host Detroit in BracketBusters
Courtesy:Wichita State
Release:02/04/2013
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WICHITA, Kan.- Wichita State will play Detroit at Charles Koch Arena in the 11th annual Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 3 p.m. on either ESPN or ESPN2.

The Shockers are one of 26 teams selected to be a part of the BracketBusters event on the ESPN family of networks. Creighton, Indiana State and Northern Iowa are the other Missouri Valley Conference schools to be selected for a televised game ESPNU's 2013 BracketBusters Selection Show announced on Monday night.

Detroit, who has won three straight games, is 15-8 overall and 7-3 in Horizon League play. They made it to the NCAA Tournament in 2011-12 where they lost to Kansas in the first round, 65-50.

Wichita State first participated in the BracketBusters in 2004 when they defeated Austin Peay, 62-47. Last season, WSU traveled to Charlotte, N.C. for a game against Davidson and won, 91-74.

The 11th annual Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters consists of teams from 13 conferences, including four from the Missouri Valley Conference and three apiece from the MAAC, Mid-American and the Ohio Valley Conference. Akron, Saint Mary's and Wichita State are all receiving votes in the Feb. 4 Associated Press poll, in addition to Creighton's current rank of No. 16.

2012 NCAA Championship participants include 10 teams: Creighton, Detroit, Iona, Long Beach State, Murray State, Ohio, Saint Mary's, South Dakota State, Vermont and Wichita State.

2013 BracketBusters TV Schedule

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Network(s)

Fri, Feb 22

7 p.m.

North Dakota State at Akron

ESPN2 / WatchESPN

 

9 p.m.

Stephen F. Austin at Long Beach State

ESPNU / WatchESPN

Sat, Feb 23

11 a.m.

Iona at Indiana State

ESPNU / WatchESPN

 

1 p.m.

Eastern Kentucky at Valparaiso

ESPNU / WatchESPN

   

Canisius at Vermont

ESPN3

 

2 p.m.

Pacific at Western Michigan

ESPN3

 

3 p.m.

Montana at Davidson

ESPNU / WatchESPN

   

Northwestern State at Niagara

ESPN3

 

4 p.m.

Detroit at Wichita State

ESPN or ESPN2 / WatchESPN

 

6 p.m.

No. 16 Creighton at Saint Mary's (Calif.)

ESPN or ESPN2 / WatchESPN

 

8 p.m.

South Dakota State at Murray State

ESPN2 / WatchESPN

   

Denver at Northern Iowa

ESPN3

 

10 p.m.

Ohio at Belmont

ESPN2 / WatchESPN

About BracketBusters
The BracketBusters concept, named because of the success of participating teams from these conferences in NCAA Tournament play through the years, provides programs with an opportunity to play top non-conference opponents roughly three weeks before Selection Sunday. Each conference selects its participating teams before the season, and the matchups for the event are determined by ESPN in conjunction with the conferences. BracketBusters is an example of ESPN college basketball franchise programming. Others include Rivalry Week Presented by Cisco, Feast Week Presented by Lowe's, Holiday Hoops Presented by Kay Jewelers and Judgment Week and Championship Week Presented by Dick's Sporting Goods.

-WICHITA STATE-

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