Save the Date for Homecoming 2005

Posted: January 20, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

A lot of mystery surrounds George Mason’s Homecoming 2005, such as the time of the game and fireworks, who the men’s basketball team is playing, and what time the block party starts. The one thing that we know for sure is that the Homecoming game is Saturday, Feb. 19. The reasons for the uncertainty are good ones, and that uncertainty will end…soon.

The George Mason University men’s basketball team has been chosen to participate in the 2005 ESPN Bracket Buster Saturday series on Feb. 19. The Patriots are among 64 teams representing 13 conferences in the event.

Now in its third year, Bracket Buster Saturday is an ESPN television property that provides NCAA Tournament-caliber teams the opportunity to face off in a one-day, 32-game event. A total of 11 games will be televised, including 6 games on ESPN or ESPN2. The other 5 games will be produced and distributed in the markets of the competing teams through ESPN Regional Television and will be available nationally through ESPN’s Full Court pay-per-view service.

While Mason’s game has already been predesignated as being at home, the actual pairing won’t take place until three weeks before the event. Intercollegiate Athletics is expecting to hear from ESPN in early February. As part of the agreement, all home squads will play a “return” game at the home facility of their opponent next season.

“ESPN Bracket Buster Saturday is a great event,” George Mason head coach Jim Larranaga says. “It provides some outstanding college teams an opportunity to play against quality nonconference competition late in the season. Several of those teams will gain valuable exposure, which will help them make the NCAA Tournament field. Our goal is for George Mason to be one of those teams, and we are excited to be a part of this event.”

As for the rest of Homecoming week, which kicks off on Monday, Feb. 14, those plans are under way. College Row and the family-friendly Kid Zone are back by popular demand, and a host of other events are planned. The latest schedule can be accessed on the web site.

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