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Men’s basketball draws Radford for ESPN’s Sears BracketBusters event

Bearcats will face Big South member Highlanders February 18 in Virginia

January 30, 2012


Men’s basketball draws Radford for ESPN’s Sears BracketBusters event

BracketBusters release

America East release

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y.—Binghamton men’s basketball has been paired against Big South member Radford for the upcoming 10th Annual Sears BracketBusters, ESPN’s three-day event. The Bearcats, a designated road team, will travel to Southwest Virginia to face the Highlanders on Saturday, February 18 at the Dedmon Center. It’s the second time that Binghamton has played in the event. In 2007-08, the Bearcats defeated host Manhattan 66-56.

The two teams, despite having never faced each other, are connected in several ways. Radford is rebuilding like Binghamton and is currently 4-20 overall. The Highlanders return three starters and seven letterwinners from a five-win team of a year ago. Radford played in the 2009 NCAA Championship at the same venue as Binghamton - Greensboro, N.C. That Highlanders team, which lost to North Carolina in the first round, had former BU standout Lazar Trifunovic and former assistant coach Ali Ton on its roster.

As part of the Bracketbusters arrangement, Radford will come to the Events Center in November or December of the 2013-14 season, giving the Bearcats a confirmed home date.

A total of 142 teams representing 16 conferences will compete in the event, which spans February 17-19. All nine America East members will participate. Of the 71 game, a minimum of 13 will be televised, with six contests on ESPN2 which are simulcast on ESPN3. An additional five games will be aired on ESPNU and two exclusive games on ESPN3.

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