UNI hosts Western Michigan Saturday afternoon in front of the ESPN-2 cameras, the first regular season nationally televised game from the UNI-Dome. It’s part of the Bracket Busters, a series of games involving teams from the so-called mid-major conferences as an opoportunity to get those programs added national exposure that could help their NCAA tournament chances. UNI Coach Greg McDermott says the Bracket Busters have been great for his team in the past. He says getting Western Michigan will make it a great game. UNI is 9-6 in the Valley and 18-8 overall.Drake hosts San Jose State in the Bracket Busters. In previous years more teams from the mid-majors have been getting at-large bids and Bulldog coach Tom Davis says this series may be a big reason. He says it’s publicity they wouldn’t be getting without the series.The Bulldogs are not in the Valley title chase so Davis says he is not concerned about stepping out of league play at this point of the season.
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