The Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters concept, named because of the success of participating teams from these conferences in NCAA Championship play through the years, provides programs with an opportunity to play top non-conference opponents roughly three weeks before Selection Sunday.
The purpose of BracketBusters was to give teams outside of the Big Six conferences a chance at a late-season quality game, and more than anything, exposure for programs desperately needing to be seen heading toward March.
Each conference selects its participating teams before the season, and the matchups for the event are determined by ESPN in conjunction with the conferences. Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters is an example of ESPN college basketball franchise programming.
|Feb 22||7 PM||North Dakota St. @ Akron||ESPN2|
|9 PM||Stephen F Austin @ Long Beach St.||ESPNU|
|Feb 23||11 PM||Iona @ Indiana State||ESPNU|
|1 PM||Eastern Kentucky @ Valparaiso||ESPNU|
|Canisius @ Vermont||ESPN3|
|2 PM||Pacific @ Western Michigan||ESPN3|
|3 PM||Montana @ Davidson||ESPNU|
|Northwestern State @ Niagara||ESPN3|
|4 PM||Detroit @ Wichita State||ESPN or ESPN2|
|6 PM||No. 16 Creighton @ St. Marys-CA||ESPN or ESPN2|
|8 PM||South Dakota St. @ Murray St.||ESPN2|
|Denver @ Northern Iowa||ESPN3|
|10 PM||Ohio @ Belmont||ESPN2|