Posted: Monday, 04 February 2013 6:12PM

Bears draw Eastern Michigan in BracketBusters game



The Missouri State Bears will travel to Eastern Michigan from the Mid-American Conference on Saturday, Feb. 23 in the 2013 Ramada BracketBusters event, ESPN announced Monday (Feb. 4). The game will be a 3:30 p.m. (Central), tipoff from the Convocation Center in Ypsilanti, Mich.
 
MSU (7-16) is ranked No. 203 in this week's NCAA RPI report, up 22 spots from a week ago. The Bears will take on an EMU club that was picked to finish second in the Mid-American Conference West Division in 2012-13. The Eagles currently sit third in the MAC West with a 3-4 record and a 10-11 overall mark. Rob Murphy's club is ranked 224th in Monday's RPI report with senior guard Derek Thompson (11.5 ppg, 48 3-pointers) leading the charge for EMU, which is 10-2 at home.
 
The 2013 Ramada BracketBusters series will include 61 games with schools from 13 conferences. Just 13 games were selected for the ESPN national spotlight to be televised on ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPNU, Feb. 22-23.
 
Missouri State is 4-5 all-time in the BracketBusters series, which began in 2003. Old Dominion defeated the Bears at JQH Arena, 73-67, a year ago. Eastern Michigan will return this year's game with a visit to JQH Arena during the 2013-14 season.
 
In the only previous meeting between the Bears and Eagles, MSU scored a 75-61 victory at JQH Arena on Nov. 22, 2009 in the finals of the Hispanic College Fund Challenge in Springfield. Nafis Ricks and Caleb Patterson scored 13 points apiece for the Bears in that contest.
 
MSU, which has won two of its last three, begins a two-game Valley road swing Tuesday at Northern Iowa at 7 p.m.
 

Filed Under :  
Topics : Men's Basketball
Photo Galleries

Pictures: Missouri State opens football camp


The Missouri State Bears took to the brand new Plaster Sports Complex turf Thursday afternoon to open fall practice.

Pictures: Best of 2013-14 Walnut Grove Tigers


Catch the top photos from the 2013-14 Straff

Pictures: Best of 2013-14 Strafford Indians


Catch the top photos from the 2013-14 Strafford Indians.
Videos
O-Zone Opinion
Mohawk Chronicles: Oklahoma the right choice for Dorial Green-Beckham
Dorial Green-Beckham is now an Oklahoma Sooner. If you're scratching your head right now, you're not alone. Yes, DGB will have to sit out the entire 2014 season, something that he wouldn't have had to do had he transferred to a FCS or D-2, but is...
Read More
Mohawk Chronicles: Ozark Conference 7v7 Football recap
For the third summer in a row Kickapoo hosted the Ozark Conference 7v7 Tournament. Here is a recap from the 3rd annual event. The Champs are here For the first time in the 3-year history of the Ozark Conference 7-on-7 Tournament someone...
Read More
The future is now for local soccer
We’re graduating a great crop of senior soccer players this spring. Anywhere from 15-25 will not only contend for all-state honors once the season is over, but also keep playing in college next school year. So, who replaces some of those top...
Read More
Most Viewed