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MONARCHS CHOSEN FOR ESPN BRACKET BUSTER

The Old Dominion University Monarchs have been chosen to participate in the 2006 ESPN Bracket Buster Saturday Series on Feb. 18, 2006, giving the team important late season national television exposure before the NCAA Tournament.

Eight CAA men's basketball teams were chosen. In addition to the defending conference champion Monarchs, Drexel, Hofstra, Northeastern and Virginia Commonwealth, Delaware, George Mason and Georgia State universities will also play. This year's event will include a pool of 100 teams representing 18 different conferences.

Now in its fourth year, Bracket Buster Saturday is an ESPN television property that provides NCAA Tournament-caliber teams the opportunity to face off in a one-day, 50-game event. A total of 11 games will be televised, including six games on ESPN or ESPN2. The other five games will be televised on ESPNU, ESPN's new collegiate network that was launched on March 4, 2005. 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 and are based on regular-season play. As part of the agreement, all home squads will play a "return" game at the home facility of their opponent next season.

This article was posted on: September 15, 2005

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