Feb. 4, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis will host Northern Colorado on Saturday, Feb. 23, in a 1:30 p.m. game at The Pavilion in the 11th-annual Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters event as announced Monday on ESPNU's 2013 BracketBusters Selection Show.
This is the second straight BracketBusters paring involving a Big Sky opponent, the Aggies earned a five-point road victory over Northern Arizona in last year's game.
February 11, 2006, was the last time UC Davis faced Northern Colorado, a game the Aggies won at home 86-73 to extend their win streak over the Bears to three games.
UC Davis is 2-3 all-time in the BracketBusters event; including their win against the Lumberjacks last season, the Aggies defeated Boise State on its own court during the 2009-10 campaign.
The two-day event features 122 teams from 13 conferences, the largest pool in the event's history, including all 10 Big West schools. As part of the agreement, all BracketBusters home teams will play a return game at the home facility of their opponent in November or December of the 2013-14 season.
Of the 13 games broadcasted on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3, two will feature teams from the Big West Conference. Long Beach State will host Steven F. Austin in an ESPNU matchup on Feb. 22., with Pacific traveling to Western Michigan for a game that will be shown on ESPN3 on Feb. 23.
Other non-televised BracketBusters games involving Big West teams include:
Loyola Marymount at Cal Poly
Northern Arizona at Hawai'i
Sacramento State at UC Santa Barbara
Cal State Fullerton at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Cal State Northridge at Southern Utah
UC Irvine at Texas-Arlington
UC Riverside at Portland State
BracketBusters, named because of the success of the teams in NCAA Championship play, will provide teams an opportunity to play other top non-conference opponents three weeks before Selection Sunday.