Cal State Northridge Hosts Drake University In ESPN Bracketbuster Game

Feb. 1, 2010

Northridge, Calif. - ESPN has announced its eighth-annual BracketBusters bracket - a two-day men's college basketball event pitting NCAA Tournament hopefuls Friday (Feb. 19) and Saturday (Feb. 20).

Thirty-eight teams including all nine teams from the Big West Conference will play in this prestigious event.

Cal State Northridge will host Drake University on Feb. 20 at The Matadome. Game time is 7:00 p.m.

Drake University will provide a formidable opponent for Cal State Northridge. The Bulldogs, who play in the Missouri Valley Conference, have won six of their last seven games to raise its season record to 11-12. The Bulldogs are 6-5 in conference play. Their recent success included wins over rivals Creighton and Southern Illinois.

Drake University will play five more games before arriving for its ESPN BracketBuster game against Cal State Northridge on Feb. 20.

Drake University has enjoyed post-season play the past two seasons. Two years ago (2007-08), the Bulldogs enjoyed a super season with a 28-5 record, a 15-3 ledger in the Missouri Valley Conference and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Last year (2008-09), Drake University competed in the inaugural Tournament and ended the season with a 17-16 mark.

Mark Phelps is in his second season as head coach at Drake University, which is located in Des Moines, Ia.

Two seasons ago, Cal State Northridge played in the Drake Invitational in Iowa but did not play the Bulldogs.

Friday, February 19 (All Times are Pacific)
Old Dominion at #22 Northern Iowa, 4:00 p.m. (ESPN2 HD/
William & Mary at Iona, 6:00 p.m. (ESPNU)

Saturday, February 20 (All Times are Pacific)
Siena at #15 Butler, 8:00 a.m. (ESPN2 HD/
Morgan State at Murray State, 9:00 p.m. (ESPNU)
Louisiana Tech at Northeastern, 10:00 a.m. (ESPN2 HD/
Nevada at Missouri State, Noon (ESPN2 HD/
Akron at Virginia Commonwealth, 1:00 p.m. (ESPNU)
College of Charleston at George Mason, 5:00 p.m. (ESPN2 HD/
Western Carolina at Kent State, 5:00 p.m., ESPNU
New Mexico State at Pacific, 7:00 p.m., ESPNU
Wichita State at Utah State, 8:59 p.m. (ESPN2 HD/

The non-televised games involving Big West home teams on Saturday, February 20
Drake at Cal State Northridge, 7:00 p.m.
SIU Edwardsville at Cal State Fullerton
Marist at UC Irvine
Youngstown State at UC Riverside

The non-televised games involving Big West road teams on Saturday, February 20
Cal Poly at Hawaii
Long Beach State at Idaho
UC Davis at Boise State
UC Santa Barbara at Fresno State

Teams participating this season in BracketBusters have produced 90 appearances in the last six NCAA Tourmaments. Last year, Cal State Northridge participated in the Midwest Regional against Memphis in Kansas City, Mo.