U-Albany Director of Athletics Lee McElroy announced on Wednesday that the men’s basketball has been invited to play in the 10th annual Sears BracketBusters. U-Albany is scheduled to have a home game at SEFCU Arena on the weekend of February 17-19, 2012.

This will be the fourth time since 2006 that the Great Danes participate in the BracketBusters weekend, which consists of 142 teams from 16 conferences. Sears BracketBusters will feature 13 nationally televised games – on either ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPN3. For the seventh straight year, ESPNU will feature five games, while ESPN or ESPN2 will televise up to six and ESPN3 will carry two.

The 13 Sears BracketBusters matchups will be announced Monday, January 30 with dates, times and networks. The television matchups are selected by ESPN, while a Committee of Conference Commissioners determines the additional non-televised games.

U-Albany men's basketball head coach Will Brown was happy about the news, saying:

BracketBusters has been a good event for our program and the University. The game has provided great exposure due to ESPN’s commitment. The series allows us to showcase college basketball in the Capital Region and provides for our students, alumni and fans to be involved in an exciting event.

As part of the agreement, all 13 of the Sears BracketBusters home teams in televised games, as well as the remaining 58 home squads, will play a return game at the home facility of their opponent in November or December of the 2013-14 season.