So much for regional matchups. Just when I was pretty sure Utah State would see a regional matchup with Montana, Pacific, or even UC Irvine, ESPN sent us a team from back east. The Illinois State Redbirds will be visiting the Spectrum on Saturday February 23rd at 7:00 Mountain Time.
While the game is not televised on the ESPN networks, there is still a chance that it may be picked up by KMYU TV in Utah. Last year it was announced two days before game day that the BracketBuster game against UC Santa Barbara was to be televised on KMYU.
Utah State has faced Illinois State 5 times and has won 2 of those match ups. Two of the games were NIT contests (both won by Illinois State). For a full history between the two schools check out the Illinois State page at USUStats.com.