SoCon sends four teams to BracketBusters
by Staff Reports
SPARTANBURG, S.C -- Four Southern Conference teams -- Davidson, College of Charleston, Western Carolina and The Citadel -- will play in the BracketBusters event that is held for mid-major basketball programs this season.
Davidson, College of Charleston and Western Carolina will play at home, while The Citadel will play on the road. Appalachian State, which has played in the event in the past, will not play this season.
Davidson was chosen for a televised game and will host Montana (16-4, 12-0 Big Sky) on Feb. 23. The matchup between the Wildcats and Grizzlies tips off at 3:00 p.m. and will be televised by ESPNU.
The College of Charleston (16-7, 8-3) hosts Gardner-Webb (13-10, 5-4 Big South) on Feb. 23. The Cougars and Runnin' Bulldogs have only met once on the hardwood, with the Cougars claiming an 81-63 win on Dec. 9, 2000.
The Citadel (6-15, 3-8 SoCon) will travel to face Presbyterian (5-18, 2-7 Big South). The game will be played in Clinton, S.C., Feb. 23. The Bulldogs own a 46-22 lead in the all-time series, but the two teams have not met since an 80-74 Citadel win in 1983. The Bulldogs have won the last 10 straight meetings in the series.
Western Carolina (8-14, 5-5 SoCon) will host Coastal Carolina (10-10, 5-4 Big South). The Chanticleers own a 4-2 advantage in the all-time series. Coastal Carolina claimed a 77-72 victory over Western in the opening game of the 2002-03 season.
The Southern Conference is 19-14 all-time in BracketBuster games dating back to 2004. League teams were 2-2 in the event last season. Southern Conference schools are 11-4 in home games and 8-10 on the road.
There are 122 teams participating in the event.