February 4, 2013

Bears to take on UC Davis in ESPN's BracketBusters

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GREELEY -- Pairings for ESPN's 11th annual Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters event were announced Monday night, and Northern Colorado is set to travel to UC Davis in a non-TV matchup Saturday, Feb. 23.

The Bears (6-14, 4-8 Big Sky) will head out to California to take on the Aggies, a Big Sky affiliate in football, at the Pavilion at a time still to be determined. The Bears will play host to the Aggies sometime in the next two seasons as part of the BracketBusters  participants agreement.

The field for this year's two-day event (Feb. 22-23) was revealed earlier Monday on ESPNU's 2013 BracketBusters Selection Show.

Northern Colorado's battle against the Aggies will be the Bears' third matchup this season against a Big West opponent after dropping road games to both UC Riverside and Cal Poly earlier this year. The matchup will also mark the second straight time the Bears have met a Big West team in BracketBusters, as Northern Colorado beat Cal Poly at home last year.

The Bears will come into the game with a 1-3 record against UC Davis and looking to snap a three-game losing streak to the Aggies. The last time these two teams met up was during the 2005-06 season, where the Bears lost at home 86-73. The Bears last won against the Aggies in a 111-77 shellacking at home during the 1966-67 season.

BracketBusters will feature 13 nationally televised games over two days in February, selected from 122 eligible teams -- the largest pool in the event's history. The televised games will be available across ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3.com

The 122-team field will feature teams from 13 conferences: 12 each from Big South, Mid-American Conference and Ohio Valley Conference; 11 from the Big Sky; 10 each from Big West, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Missouri Valley and Southland Conference; nine each from Horizon and Summit Leagues; six from the Western Athletic Association; four from the Southern Conference; three from the MEAC; and two each from the America East and West Coast Conferences.

Each conference selected its participating teams before the season, and the matchups for the event were determined by ESPN in conjunction with the conferences.