In the first full year of Summit League competition, the University of South Dakota mens basketball team has already learned a lot about what it is like to play at the Division I level.
On Saturday, Feb. 18, USD will take another step towards being a D-I basketball team as they host the Texas State University Bulldogs in the DakotaDome as a part of the 10th annual Sears Bracketbusters.
Announced on the channel ESPNU on Jan. 30, USD was just one team out of a field of 142 teams waiting find out which team they will play during the three-day event.
Head coach Dave Boots said competing in the largest-ever Bracketbuster gives the team and fans something to look forward to, as USD is not eligible to play any postseason basketball this year.
“The game will give our team something to look forward to play in,” Boots said. “It will be another new and great experience for our fans, coaches and players.”
The Summit League has all 10-conference schools playing in the Bracketbusters, match-ups that come from 16 different conferences, and will continue to be a part of the event for years to come.
The top two teams from the Summit League, Oral Roberts and South Dakota State University, were selected to be a part of the 13 televised games on the three ESPN networks, ESPN, ESPN 2 and ESPNU.