All 12 CAA Teams To Compete In BracketBusters
Aug. 22, 2006
RICHMOND, Va. (August 22, 2006) - All 12 CAA men's basketball teams will participate in the 2007 BracketBusters series on February 16-17 it was announced today by ESPN. This year's event will include a pool of 102 teams representing 16 different conferences.
Now in its fifth year, BracketBusters is an ESPN television property that provides NCAA Tournament-caliber teams the opportunity to face off in a two-day, 51-game event. A total of 13 games will be televised, including six games on ESPN2. Five contests will be televised on ESPNU and two will air on ESPN360, which is the network's customized broadband service. While teams have already been pre-designated as being at home or on the road, the actual pairings won't take place until three weeks before the event (Monday, January 29) and are based on regular-season performance. As part of the agreement, all home squads will play a "return" game at the home facility of their opponent next season.
"We are very pleased to have all 12 CAA teams taking part in BracketBusters," CAA Commissioner Tom Yeager said. "The television exposure the conference received last season was tremendous and allowed people throughout the country to see the quality of play in our league."
Eight CAA teams participated in BracketBusters last year and the league posted a sparkling 6-2 record. The conference gained national attention by winning all three of its nationally televised contests as VCU edged Albany 70-67, Old Dominion rolled past Marist 84-71 and George Mason shocked Wichita State 70-67 in one of the premier match-ups in the event. The CAA is now a perfect 4-0 in televised BracketBusters games with Drexel having posted a 74-70 win at Ball State in 2005.
The CAA is coming off the most memorable season in the conference's 21-year history. Four teams earned post-season berths for the second year in a row, with George Mason reaching the NCAA Final Four, Old Dominion advancing to the semifinals of the NIT, Hofstra reaching the NIT quarterfinals and UNC Wilmington making its fourth NCAA trip in seven years. Six CAA teams were ranked among the top 88 in the final NCAA RPI a year ago and the league was the only conference in the nation to have four teams (George Mason - 27, Hofstra - 26, UNC Wilmington - 25 and Old Dominion - 24) with 24 or more wins.
The inaugural BracketBusters in 2003 featured 18 teams and the 2004 event grew to 46 teams, including 2003 CAA champion UNC Wilmington. Three CAA teams - Drexel, George Mason and VCU - were among 64 participating squads in 2005 and the event grew to 100 teams a year ago. This season's BracketBusters pool boasts a total of 70 team appearances in the last five NCAA Tournaments.
Entire release with list of all 102 teams is on the web at www.caasports.com