SHU vs. Bryant Chosen by NEC for ESPN3 Wildcard Game

SHU vs. Bryant Chosen by NEC for ESPN3 Wildcard Game

In terms of regular season matchups, there aren't too many with more importance than the one that ESPN3 will carry on February 22.

After leap-frogging Bryant for first place in the #NECWBB standings last week, Sacred Heart will visit Smithfield on Monday night for a face-to-face battle with the Bulldogs.

The league office has selected that matchup as its Wildcard Game on ESPN3. Live coverage will begin at 7:00 pm ET on February 22 with John Schmeelk (play-by-play) and Pam Roecker (color) on the call.

With four games to play, only 1.0 game separates SHU (12-2) and Bryant (11-3) in the race for the NEC Tournament's No. 1 seed.

Sacred Heart (.409) and Bryant (.407) are the NEC's two-best teams when it comes to field goal percentage this season. Mary Burke's Bulldogs have also been beasts on the boards, having owned the league lead in rebounding margin (+9.0/g) for much of the season.

Bryant edged the Pioneers, 61-59, in the year's first meeting between the two teams back on January 30 in Fairfield.

Monday night's winner will have the upper hand on securing home-court advantage for the three-round conference tournament, which awards its champion with an automatic bid to the NCAA's Big Dance.