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Govs again selected to participate in ESPN Bracket Buster Saturday

For a second straight year, Austin Peay has been chosen to participate in the ESPN Bracket Buster Saturday Series.

Scheduled to take place, Feb. 19, 2005, the Govs will join Murray State as the Ohio Valley Conferences representatives in the third year of the series. A year ago, APSU became the OVCs first representative in the Bracket Buster Saturday Series.
For a second straight year, Austin Peay has been chosen to participate in the ESPN Bracket Buster Saturday Series.

Scheduled to take place, Feb. 19, 2005, the Govs will join Murray State as the Ohio Valley Conference's representatives in the third year of the series. A year ago, APSU became the OVC's first representative in the Bracket Buster Saturday Series.

“We had a great experience in the Bracket Buster last year,” says APSU Head Coach Dave Loos. “It not only provides you with a top-quality game on Bracket Buster Saturday, you are assured as well of a quality opponent on your home schedule the following year.”

In fact, playing in last year's Bracket Buster will result in Wichita State, a Missouri Valley Conference preseason favorite, coming to Clarksville, Saturday, Nov. 27.

In an effort to provide a greater opportunity for NCAA Tournament-caliber teams, Bracket Buster Saturday features an expanded pool of 64 teams, potentially producing a better cross-section of match-ups. Eleven games will be televised, including six games on ESPN or ESPN2, and the remaining five on ESPN's Full Court and on regional or local syndication.

Posting an unprecedented 16-0 league record (22-10 overall) en route to its sixth regular-season OVC title in 2003-04, Austin Peay reached the 20-win plateau for the fifth time as a Division I program. The Governors, who have recorded 45 wins over the last two seasons, made their second-straight post-season appearance last year, participating in the NIT for the first time in University history.

Half of the 64-team field has been pre-designated as “home” teams and the remaining half as “road” teams. Austin Peay and Murray are two of the 32 squads that will be on the road for Bracket Buster action. The match-ups for the 11 televised games will be made public, Monday, Jan. 31, 2005, while pairing decisions for the remaining 21 contests will be announced by Thursday, Feb. 3.
—Brad Kirtley