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Utah State gets 'BracketBuster' opponent

ESPN announced Monday that Utah State will host Northwestern State University (La.) in its BracketBuster game Feb. 18 in the Smith Spectrum.

The game will be broadcast on one of the ESPN stations, but the time has yet to be determined.

"This is our first time around being part of BracketBusters and the entire Western Athletic Conference has embraced this event, and we're happy to be a part of it," said USU head coach Stew Morrill. "All my sources tell me we have a very tough opponent. Those that truly know basketball realize this is a team that won at Oklahoma State and is a very talented, well-coached team.

The Demons (13-6, 6-1 Southland Conference) have lost five of their six games by 10 points or less. Most notably, they lost to Missouri, 81-72; Wichita State, 57-55; Iowa State, 81-77 (2 OT), and Hawaii 80-76.

NSU has wins over Mississippi State, 76-75 (OT); Oklahoma State, 68-64; and Oregon State, 72-61.

All 10 Western Athletic Conference teams will be involved in this year's event. Other televised games involving WAC schools include Akron at Nevada; Louisiana Tech at Southern Illinois; and Fresno State at Creighton.