Gear Up For Ramada Worldwide BracketBuster Saturday

Updated 2/23/2013

MAC Men's Basketball Daily (2-23-13 Release)

Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters TV Matchups 
Pacific (15-11, 9-5 Big West) at Western Michigan (16-9, 8-4 MAC)
1 p.m. ET • Pacific leads series 3-1
Watch LIVE on ESPN3
• This will be the fifth meeting between the Broncos and the Tigers, with Pacific holding a 3-1 advantage in the all-time series. The first time the teams played was in the 1969-70 season, with Pacific defeating WMU 77-75 at Read Fieldhouse. The Broncos are 4-5 all-time in Bracketbuster games, including a 3-2 record in home Bracketbuster games. WMU boasts a 39-11 (.780) home winning percentage against non-conference opponents under Steve Hawkins. Shayne Whittington has eight double-doubles this year, tied for most in the MAC by a single player. Austin Richie is averaging 12.5 points per game in his last two contests

Ohio (20-6, 11-1 MAC) at Belmont (21-6, 12-2 OVC)
10 p.m. ET • First Meeting
Watch LIVE on ESPN2
•  Ohio heads to Nashville, Tenn., for a matchup with perennial NCAA Tournament participant Belmont Saturday at 10 p.m. (EST) as part of the Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters series. Both Ohio and Belmont are ranked in mid-major polls from multiple outlets this season. Ohio entered the week ranked No. 11 in the Mid Major Report Power Rankings and No. 15 in the Mid Major Poll. Belmont is ranked eighth in the ESPN poll and seventh in the rankings. Last time out, the Bobcats defeated Eastern Michigan, 73-50, on Wednesday (Feb. 20) at the Convocation Center. Senior forward Reggie Keely posted a team-high 20 points, while senior guard D.J. Cooper added his fifth double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 assists. During the game, Cooper passed Chico Fletcher and is now t-13th with Andre LaFleur on the all-time NCAA Division I assists list. Cooper now has 894 career assists and has posted at least 200 assists in all four of his seasons at Ohio. The Bobcats are 6-3 all-time in BracketBusters contests and have won their last three contests, including consecutive wins over UNC-Asheville (2012), Winthrop (2011) and Wright State (2010).
Today’s Other Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters Matchups
Missouri State (8-20, 6-10 MVC) at Eastern Michigan (12-14, 5-7 MAC)
Noon ET • Missouri State leads series 1-0
Watch LIVE on the MAC Digital Network
Manhattan (10-16, 8-8 MAAC) at Buffalo (11-15, 6-6 MAC)
2 p.m. ET • Buffalo leads series 2-0
Watch LIVE on the MAC Digital Network
McNeese State (11-13, 5-9 Southland) at Toledo (12-11, 8-4 MAC)
2 p.m. ET • Toledo leads series 1-0
Watch LIVE on the MAC Digital Network
Kent State (14-12, 5-7 MAC) at Loyola-Ill. (14-13, 4-10 Horizon)
3 p.m. ET • Loyola-Chicago leads series 3-1
Miami (8-16, 3-9 MAC) at Southern Illinois (11-16, 4-12 MVC)
3 p.m. ET • Miami leaads series 1-0
Eastern Illinois (8-20, 5-10 OVC) at Northern Illinois (5-19, 3-9 MAC)
4 p.m. ET • Northern Illinois leads series 45-43
Watch LIVE on the MAC Digital Network
Ball State (10-14, 4-8 MAC) at Southeast Mo. State (14-14, 6-8 OVC)
6:30 p.m. ET • First Meeting
Bowling Green (11-15, 5-7 MAC) at IPFW (13-16, 6-9 Summit)
7 p.m. ET • Series tied 1-1
Central Michigan (9-16, 2-10 MAC) at Youngstown St. (15-12, 7-7 Horizon)
7 p.m. ET • Central Michigan leads series 4-1