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ELMHURST, Ill. – All nine Summit League teams will compete in this weekend's 11th Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters Friday-Sunday. A pair of national-television appearances highlights the weekend, beginning Friday night. The Summit League is the only participating league to have consecutive nights of prime time ESPN2 telecasts.
North Dakota State (20-7, No. 82 in RPI by RPIratings.com) faces Mid-American Conference leader Akron (21-4, No. 50) Friday night (7 p.m. ET on ESPN2) to kick-off the weekend. The Bison are undefeated (2-0) all-time in BracketBusters, having beaten Western Michigan last season and Milwaukee in 2009. Lou Canellis and Mark Adams provide the call on ESPN2.
Current Summit League leader South Dakota State (21-8, No. 75) travels to Kentucky for a match-up with Ohio Valley Conference member Murray State (19-7, No. 104) Saturday night (8 p.m. ET on ESPN2). Roxy Bernstein and Mark Adams will call the games. ESPN's Joe Lunardi picked the "battle of the guards" featuring SDSU's Nate Wolters and Murray State's Isaiah Canaan as his "matchup to watch" during the BracketBusters selection show.
Both the North Dakota State and South Dakota State games will also be available on WatchESPN.
Six more Summit League teams will be in action on Saturday including five at home. Two match-ups pit The Summit League against the Horizon League as Western Illinois (19-6, No.102) hosts Cleveland State (13-16, No. 211) and IUPUI (6-22, No. 310) entertains Milwaukee (7-22, No. 303). Oakland (15-14, No. 116) hosts the Ohio Valley's Morehead State (13-17, No. 166) and Fort Wayne (13-16, No. 286) faces MAC member Bowling Green (10-15, No. 244). Omaha (10-18, No. 287) rounds out the league's home schedule with North Dakota (12-14, No. 249) of the Big Sky. Kansas City (7-21) takes to the road for a game against Ohio Valley foe Tennessee Tech (9-16, No. 245).
The Summit League wraps up its schedule on Sunday with South Dakota (8-18) at Big Sky member Montana State (10-14, No. 322).
Future Summit League member Denver (17-8, No. 91), which joins the league in 2013-14, also earned a television game and will play at Northern Iowa Saturday (8 p.m. ET on ESPN Full Court and ESPN3).
The Summit League went 4-6, including a 2-0 mark in televised games, during last year's BracketBusters.
FULL SUMMIT LEAGUE BRACKETBUSTERS SCHEDULE
Friday, Feb. 22
*North Dakota State at Akron (MAC), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Saturday, Feb. 23
Kansas City at Tennessee Tech (OVC), 7 p.m.
North Dakota (Big Sky) at Omaha, 1 p.m.
Milwaukee (Horizon) at IUPUI, 3 p.m.
Morehead State (OVC) at Oakland, 5 p.m.
Bowling Green (MAC) at Fort Wayne, 7 p.m.
*South Dakota State at Murray State (OVC), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Cleveland State (Horizon) at Western Illinois, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 24
South Dakota at Montana State (Big Sky), 1 p.m.
* denotes TV game; all times are local to site
ABOUT SUMMIT LEAGUE MEN'S BASKETBALL
Entering its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League features men's basketball teams from nine member institutions: Fort Wayne, IUPUI, Kansas City, North Dakota State, Oakland, Omaha, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Western Illinois. Known as the Mid-Continent Conference until 2007, The Summit League enjoyed unprecedented success during a 2011-12 campaign that included an all-time best final RPI ranking, the highest home attendance in league history, the most teams in postseason tournaments, a record total of all-district honorees and the NCAA scoring champion. For more information about the league and to "See The Summit", visit www.thesummitleague.org and follow Summit League Basketball on Twitter @summithoops.