UE draws Wright State in BracketBusters

wrightstateUE and Wright State’s seasons are heading in similar directions.

Appropriately, the Aces will travel to meet the Raiders Feb. 23 in a 1 p.m. Ramada BracketBusters game, it was announced Monday.

Out of the Horizon League, Wright State (14-8) has lost its last three games and fallen to 156th in the ratings percentage index. UE (13-10) has meanwhile dropped four of six and is 128th in the RPI.

After beating Western Illinois at the Ford Center in last year’s BracketBusters game, the Aces will travel to Dayton, Ohio, to play in the 10,400-seat Nutter Center, where Wright State is 8-2 this season. Part of the BracketBusters agreement does require host teams play a return game on their opponent’s home court.

The UE-Wright State matchup wasn’t selected among the 13 BracketBusters games televised on ESPN’s family of networks.

With 122 teams across 13 leagues, including all 10 Missouri Valley Conference members, BracketBusters will end after this season. The event was originally established in 2003 as a way to give mid-major programs an RPI boost.

UE and Wright State have met just once before: a 1976 Division II NCAA tournament regional semifinal the Aces won 85-75 at Roberts Stadium.

Junior Cole Darling leads the Raiders in points (11.1) and rebounds (4.8) per game. Sophomore guard Reggie Arceneaux also averages in double figures with 10.5 points a contest. Billy Donlan is in his third year coaching Wright States after four seasons as the Raiders’ associate head coach.

UE is 4-5 all-time in BracketBusters games.

The MVC in BracketBusters (All games Feb. 23)
Iona at Indiana State 10 a.m. (ESPN U)
Evansville at Wright State, 1 p.m.
Miami (Ohio) at Southern Illinois, 2:05 p.m.
Bradley at Illinois-Chicago, 3 p.m.
Detroit at Wichita State,  3 p.m. (ESPN/2)
Missouri State at Eastern Michigan, 3:30 p.m.
Creighton at Saint Mary’s, 5 p.m. (ESPN/2)
Denver at Northern Iowa, 7 p.m. (ESPN 3)
Wisconsin-Green Bay at Drake, 7:05 p.m.
Illinois State at Utah State, 8 p.m.

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