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p>Men’s basketball set for Bracket Busters

The men’s basketball team will host Fairfield University in an ESPNU Bracket Buster game on Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. The idea of Bracket Buster games is to set up mid-major teams in inter-conference battles that could shape the seeding of the NCAA tournament in March.
This is the fifth time that Vermont has been selected to participate in Bracket Buster games. Fairfield is currently third in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and are 15-7 this season.

Basketball program participates in “Pink Zone”
The men and women’s basketball teams will participate in the “Pink Zone” initiative for the fourth straight season. The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Pink Zone is a global effort to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses and in communities.
On Wednesday, Feb.10, the women’s basketball team will host Boston University at 7 p.m. in their Pink Game, where the team will be wearing pink uniforms that will be auctioned off after the game. The men’s Pink Game will take place on Sunday, Feb. 14, at 2 p.m. against New Hampshire.

Former Catamount goalie called up to NHL

Former Vermont goaltender Joe Fallon was called up by the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks last week. Fallon, class of 2008, became the seventh Catamount to dress for a NHL team this season.
Fallon played for the Catamounts from 2004-2008. He ended his career as Vermont’s all-time leader in save percentage, shutouts and goals against average.
His 20 shutouts rank second all time in NCAA Divison I history. Fallon served as the backup goalie in Chicago’s 3-2 loss to St. Louis last week in his first career game.

Florida Gators land top recruiting class

The college football season may have just ended, but the hype for next season has already begun. National Signing Day occurred last week as the nations top recruits choose their colleges.
Florida hauled in the #1 class, and the general consensus is that the class is the best in school history. The class includes three of the top seven prospects and 11 of the top 50 at, a leading recruiting website.