February 5th, 2013

ESPN Bracket Buster Schedule And Betting Odds

By Robert Ferringo

Monday night ESPN announced the schedule and matchups for its annual BracketBuster weekend. This will be the 10th and final year of what, in my opinion, is one of the most enjoyable and entertaining weekends on the college basketball calendar.

ESPN picked 13 games to feature this season, beginning with the usual Friday night doubleheader. North Dakota State and Akron will kick off the event and Stephen F. Austin will travel to Long Beach State for the nightcap.

Each year I also try to project the odds and spreads for each of the BracketBuster games. I will release my initial numbers for all of the games (the non-TV games will take up another post). But there is still two weeks to go before the games open on Friday, Feb. 22 and then the brunt of the BracketBuster schedule gets underway on Saturday, Feb. 23. So a lot is going to change between now and then and the numbers will adjust to reflect that.

Below is a list of the BracketBusters games that will be shown on ESPN. Later on today I’ll post the full schedule of non-TV games. I will have further analysis the week of the event.

Here is a list of the marquee BracketBuster games along with my projected spreads:

Friday, Feb. 22
North Dakota State at Akron (-4.5), ESPN2, 7 ET
Stephen F. Austin at Long Beach State (+2.5), ESPNU, 9 ET

Saturday, Feb. 23
Iona at Indiana State (-7.5), ESPNU, 11 a.m. ET
Eastern Kentucky at Valparaiso (-9), ESPNU, 1 ET
Canisius at Vermont (-3), ESPN3, 1 ET
Pacific at Western Michigan (-4), ESPN3, 2 ET
Montana at Davidson (-7), ESPNU, 3 ET
Northwestern State at Niagara (-5.5) , ESPN3, 3 ET
Detroit at Wichita State (-9), ESPN/2, 4 ET
Creighton at Saint Mary’s (Pk), ESPN/2, 6 ET
South Dakota State at Murray State (-2), ESPN2, 8 ET
Denver at Northern Iowa (-2), ESPN3, 8 ET
Ohio at Belmont (-7.5), ESPN2, 10 ET

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