Feb. 1, 2007
The University of San Francisco will host UC Irvine of the Big West in a O'Reilly ESPNU BracketBusters pool game on February 17th at War Memorial Gymnasium. Tip-off will be at 1:00 p.m.
The Dons (8-14, 4-3 WCC) have faced the Anteaters (10-12, 4-4 Big West) five times and won all five meetings. The last time they matched up was the season opener in 1997 with USF capturing a 75-59 victory on the road. It was Anteaters' head coach Pat Douglass' first game at UCI.
The Anteaters are paced in scoring by 6-7 forward Darren Fells who averages 11.2 points per game. They have won six of their last 10 games and are 2-9 on the road.
USF is paced by guards Antonio Kellogg (15.1 ppg) and Armondo Surratt (14.0) and center Alan Wiggins, Jr. The BracketBusters game is the Saturday before the Dons visit to St. Mary's in USF's Big Monday debut.
"We are pleased to play a quality team from the Big West like UC Irvine," said Dons' head coach Jessie Evans. "The O'Reilly ESPNU BracketBusters is a unique event that lets you play a team that you might not face in a home and home series. I expect a hard fought game and we are looking forward to it and our return trip to Irvine."
The O'Reilly ESPNU BracketBusters pool was determined in April 2006. The pool consists of 102 teams representing 16 conferences.
This year's O'Reilly ESPNU BracketBusters pool features teams with 70 appearances in the last five NCAA Tournaments, including a team in the Final Four - George Mason (2006); Elite Eight - Kent State (2002); and six Sweet Sixteen squads - Bradley (2006), Wichita State (2006), UW-Milwaukee (2005), Nevada (2004), Butler (2003) and Southern Illinois (2002).