Loyola, Towson blacked out for BracketBusters

College basketball

January 31, 2007|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,SUN REPORTER

The star power of Loyola's Gerald Brown and Towson's Gary Neal wasn't enough to get their teams on television for ESPN's BracketBusters.

That promotion, which features so-called mid-major conferences, will balloon to 102 teams this season. Everyone from the Colonial Athletic Association and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will be included, but only 14 of the 51 games will be on one of the ESPN networks.

Thanks to the all-around play of Brown, the Greyhounds are in first place in the MAAC, but no teams from that conference made the television cut. Loyola will play at Tennessee State Feb. 17, its first game ever against a member of the Ohio Valley Conference.

Five teams from the CAA will play on ESPN. Despite Neal's being the fifth-leading scorer in the nation, Towson shares sixth place there, and will go to Patriot League power Bucknell on Feb. 17.

Bucknell and Tennessee State will return the games next season.

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