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ESPN Announces 2009 BracketBuster Team Selection Pool

Monday, September 15, 2008 , Posted by Christopher Byrne at 12:14 PM, under , ,

Athens, GA (September 15, 2008) - It is hard to believe there is college basketball news coming out already, but sure enough there is. Fang's Bites has published the Big Ten Network's schedules for men's and women's basketball. Last week, ESPN announced the pool of teams that will be used to select the 2009 BracketBuster participants. The 7th annual tournament will take place from February 20-21, 2009, and will feature 13 nationally televised games from the pool of 102 teams. Some conference have very few participants, while others have every team eligible (such as the MAAC and the CAA). The actual selection of participating teams will take place on February 2, 2009.

ESPN, in their September 4, 2009 announcement, said


"This year’s BracketBusters pool features teams with 77 appearances in the last five NCAA Tournaments, including a team in the Final Four - George Mason (2006); one in the Elite Eight – Davidson (2008); and six Sweet Sixteen squads – Butler (2007), Southern Illinois (2007), Bradley (2006), Wichita State (2006), UW-Milwaukee (2005) and Nevada (2004)."

Home Teams Visiting Teams


America East

America East

Vermont

UMBC

Boston University

Hartford



Big Sky

Big Sky

Portland State

Montana State



Big South

Big South

Winthrop

Liberty


Gardner-Webb

Big West


Cal Poly

Big West

Long Beach State

Cal State-Fullerton

UC-Davis

Cal State-Northridge

UC-Santa Barbara

Cal-Irvine


Cal-Riverside

Colonial

Pacific

Drexel


James Madison

Colonial

UNC-Wilmington

Delaware

Old Dominion

George Mason

Towson

Georgia State

William & Mary

Hofstra


Northeastern

Horizon

Virginia Commonwealth

Loyola


Illinois-Chicago

Horizon

Valparaiso

Butler

Wright State

Cleveland State

Youngstown State

Detroit

Milwaukee

Green Bay



Metro Atlantic

Metro Atlantic

Fairfield

Canisius

Marist

Iona

Niagara

Loyola

Rider

Manhattan

Siena

Saint Peter’s



Mid-American

Mid-American

Ball State

Akron

Central Michigan

Buffalo

Eastern Michigan

Ohio

Western Michigan

Miami (Ohio)

Bowling Green

Northern Illinois

Kent State

Toledo



Missouri Valley

Mid-Eastern Athletic

Creighton

Morgan State

Drake


Evansville

Missouri Valley

Indiana State

Bradley

Wichita State

Illinois State


Missouri State

Ohio Valley

Northern Iowa

Murray State

Southern Illinois

Eastern Kentucky


Southeast Missouri

Northeast

Tennessee State

Fairleigh Dickinson

Tennessee-Martin



Ohio Valley

Patriot

Morehead State

Bucknell

Tennessee Tech


Austin Peay

Southern

Eastern Illinois

Davidson

Jacksonville State

Georgia Southern



Southern

West Coast

Appalachian State

San Diego

Elon

St. Mary’s



Summit League

WAC

North Dakota State

Hawaii

South Dakota State

Idaho


Nevada

WAC

New Mexico State

Boise State

San Jose State

Fresno State


Louisiana Tech


Utah State


Below are statistics of this year’s BracketBusters pool of 102 teams in NCAA Tournament play from 2004 – 2008:

2008 NCAA Tournament: 14 Berths - Austin Peay, Boise State, Butler, Cal State-Fullerton, Davidson, Drake, George Mason, Kent State, Portland State, St. Mary’s, San Diego, Siena, UMBC and Winthrop. A 6-14 overall record: Davidson defeated Gonzaga, Georgetown and Wisconsin to reach the Elite Eight; Butler defeated South Alabama; Siena defeated Vanderbilt; and San Diego defeated Connecticut.

2007 NCAA Tournament: 17 Berths - Albany, Butler, Creighton, Davidson, Eastern Kentucky, Holy Cross, Long Beach State, Miami (Ohio), Nevada, New Mexico State, Niagara, Old Dominion, Oral Roberts, Southern Illinois, Virginia Commonwealth, Winthrop and Wright State. A 7-19 overall record: Butler defeated Old Dominion and Maryland to reach the Sweet Sixteen; Southern Illinois defeated Holy Cross and Virginia Tech to reach the Sweet Sixteen; Nevada defeated Creighton; Virginia Commonwealth defeated Duke; and Winthrop defeated Notre Dame.

2006 NCAA Tournament: 19 Berths - Albany, Bradley, Bucknell, George Mason, Iona, Kent State, Montana, Murray State, Nevada, UNC-Wilmington, Northern Iowa, Northwestern State, Pacific, Oral Roberts, Utah State, Southern Illinois, UW-Milwaukee, Winthrop and Wichita State. A 12-19 overall record: Bradley defeated Kansas and Pittsburgh to reach the Sweet Sixteen; Bucknell defeated Arkansas; George Mason defeated Michigan State, North Carolina, Wichita State and Connecticut to reach the Final Four; Montana defeated Nevada; Northwestern State defeated Iowa; UW-Milwaukee defeated Oklahoma; and Wichita State defeated Seton Hall and Tennessee to reach the Sweet Sixteen.

2005 NCAA Tournament: 15 berths – Bucknell, Chattanooga, Creighton, Eastern Kentucky, Montana, Nevada, Niagara, Northern Iowa, Ohio, Old Dominion, Pacific, Southern Illinois, Utah State, UW-Milwaukee and Winthrop. A 6-15 overall record: Bucknell defeated Kansas; Nevada defeated Texas; Pacific defeated Pittsburgh; Southern Illinois defeated Saint Mary’s (California); and UW-Milwaukee defeated Alabama and Boston College to reach the Sweet Sixteen.

2004 NCAA Tournament: 12 berths – Eastern Washington, Illinois-Chicago, Liberty, Manhattan, Murray State, Nevada, Northern Iowa, Pacific, Southern Illinois, Valparaiso, Virginia Commonwealth and Western Michigan. A 4-12 overall record: Manhattan defeated Florida, Nevada defeated Michigan State and Gonzaga to reach the Sweet Sixteen; and Pacific defeated Providence.

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