Men's Hoops Draws Cleveland State for Feb. 19 Game

MOUNT PLEASANT - The Central Michigan University men's basketball team will play Cleveland State out of the Horizon League as its opponent for the Feb. 19 game. The pairings were announced as part of ESPN's 11-game Bracket Buster Saturday event.

The two teams will meet in Rose Arena at 2 p.m. As part of the agreement, Central Michigan will play a return game at Cleveland State next season.

The Vikings are 7-10 overall, 4-5 in the Horizon League under head coach Mike Garland, a former assistant at Michigan State under Tom Izzo.

The 11 games of the ESPN Bracket Buster event were chosen from a field of 64 schools. Those 11 games are all being televised with six airing nationally on ESPN or ESPN2 and the other five being televised on ESPN Plus/ESPN Full Court.

The Mid-American Conference had six selections to the Bracket Buster field, the most from any of the 13 leagues involved. Game times and network assignments for the 11 matchups will be announced on Monday, Feb. 7.

The MAC teams in the Bracket Buster field include: Arkansas-Little Rock at Bowling Green; Buffalo at Fresno State; Drexel at Ball State, Southern Illinois at Kent State; Western Michigan at Northern Iowa; and Wichita State at Miami.

In addition to CMU's matchup with Cleveland State, other MAC matchups on the day include Niagara at Akron, Northern Illinois at Wright State, Eastern Michigan at Youngstown State and Ohio at Detroit.

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