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The College of Charleston will travel to Kent State, while Charleston Southern will play host to Wofford, which has represented the Southern Conference in the last two NCAA Tournaments, in the ESPN BracketBusters series played Feb. 17-19. Both games are scheduled for Feb. 18 and neither will be televised.

The event showcases 142 teams from mid-major conferences. As part of the agreement, the host team agrees to a return visit to their opponent.

The College of Charleston, 12-0 heading into a Monday night Southern Conference game at Samford, is 4-1 in BracketBusters games and last season beat Vermont, 85-70, at TD Arena.

This will be the second meeting between the College of Charleston and Kent State. The Cougars, under former coach Tom Herrion, beat the Golden Flashes, 71-66, in the 2003 National Invitation Tournament. Kent State, a member of the Mid-American Conference, is 14-6 and 4-3.

Charleston Southern is 14-7, 8-3 in the Big South while Wofford is 14-8, 7-3 in the Southern Conference.

Coastal Carolina will play host to Tennessee Tech on Feb. 18, while Winthrop will travel to Appalachian State and Presbyterian will travel to Jacksonville State.

One of the marquee televised BracketBuster games will be Wichita State, coached by former College of Charleston assistant Gregg Marshall, traveling to Davidson. Marshall, then at Winthrop, briefly took the College of Charleston job after Tom Herrion was fired but decided against the move. That opened the door for the Cougars to hire Bobby Cremins, who Friday began an unexpected medical leave of absence. He was replaced in the interim by associate head coach Mark Byington.

"BracketBusters is always fun," Byington said. "It is fun for everyone involved, because of the suspense of not knowing who you are going to play - usually an opponent you've never played or have had tradition with. When we last played Kent State, they were just coming off an NCAA Elite Eight appearance and had Antonio Gates, an all-pro tight end now with the San Diego Chargers.

"They have great tradition and great players. They are a in a great conference, recruit high-level players and always have great wins. I'm pretty sure they had an upset win at West Virginia earlier this year and played a tough non-conference schedule. We are excited to go up there and will be ready to play when the time comes. Hopefully, our fans will be excited as Kent State will play a return game next year in Charleston."