Long Beach State will play Creighton on Feb. 18 in Omaha in one of the marquee college basketball matchups in this year’s Sears BracketBusters series.
The annual two-day event features 13 games that will be nationally televised on ESPN’s various channels. Long Beach vs. Creighton will be the final game; it will be shown on ESPN2 with tipoff scheduled for 7 p.m. PST.
Long Beach leads the Big West Conference with a 9-0 record, is 16-6 overall and has won nine in a row and 12 of its last 13 games. Creighton, leader of the Missouri Valley Conference, has won 10 straight to improve to 20-2 and is ranked No. 13 by the Associated Press.
Loyola Marymount (13-9) plays host to Valparaiso (15-8) in a Bracketbuster game at 6 p.m. on Feb. 17 that will be broadcast on ESPNU.
The full schedule:
Feb. 17: Northern Iowa at Virginia Commonwealth, 4 p.m., ESPN2/3; Valparaiso at Loyola Marymount, 6 p.m., ESPNU.
Feb. 18: Drexel at Cleveland State, 8 a.m., ESPNU; Wichita State at Davidson, 9 a.m., ESPN2/3; Buffalo at South Dakota State, 1 p.m., ESPNU; Akron at Oral Roberts, 11 a.m., ESPN2/3; Drake at New Mexico State, noon, ESPNU; Nevada at Iona, 1 p.m., ESPN2/3; Old Dominion at Missouri State, 2 p.m., ESPNU; No. 18 St. Mary's at No. 10 Murray State, 3 p.m., ESPN2/3; North Carolina Asheville at Ohio, 4 p.m., ESPN3; Texas-Arlington at Weber State, 5 p.m., ESPN3; Long Beach State at No. 13 Creighton, 7 p.m., ESPN2.
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Photo: Casper Ware, left, and Long Beach State are no strangers to big games this season having played North Carolina, Kansas, Louisville and Pittsburgh. Credit: Gerry Broome / Associated Press