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Big West Basketball Television Schedule Features Minimum Of 25 Games

IRVINE, CA – Big West Conference Commissioner Dennis Farrell today announced the 2011-12 Big West basketball television schedule, which includes a minimum of 25 games on the ESPN networks and FOX Sports Net.

The package features five nationally televised men’s basketball regular season conference games on ESPN2 and ESPNU, with an additional seven regionally televised regular season games on PRIME TICKET and FOX Sports West.

The partnership with both networks extends to Honda Center, the site of the 2012 Big West Basketball Tournament. On Friday, March 9, ESPNU will televise the men’s semifinals – the 9:00 p.m. (PST) game will air live while the 6:30 p.m. semifinal will follow on a delayed basis. In addition, the 6:30 p.m. semifinal will be shown live on ESPN3. The men’s championship game is scheduled for Saturday, March 10 on ESPN2 at 7:00 p.m. (PST). The Big West women’s championship game, which will be televised on FSN for the 15th consecutive season, will air on PRIME TICKET at 2:00 p.m. (PST).

A minimum of nine additional national broadcasts will appear in the package on the ESPN Networks. UC Riverside will appear in three games at the 76 Classic, the annual eight team men’s basketball Thanksgiving tournament hosted by the Big West at the Anaheim Convention Center. The Highlanders begin the tournament with a Thanksgiving Day showdown against Villanova on ESPN2. Long Beach State’s participation in the Diamond Head Classic on the islands of Hawai’i presents three more exposures on ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPN3. The 49ers also appear in two more non-conference road matchups versus Louisville and Kansas on ESPNU.

The Big West’s first appearance on an ESPN network takes place on Tuesday, November 15 as part of the ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon, a 24-hour smorgasbord of college hoops that includes Cal State Northridge travelling to future Big West member Hawai’i for a 1:00 a.m. (PST) tip.

The Big West package potentially could grow in exposures with the 10th annual ESPN sponsored SEARS BracketBusters event, a three-day men’s basketball extravaganza pitting NCAA Tournament hopefuls from a variety of NCAA Division I conferences. Thirteen nationally televised contests will be selected from a pool of 142 teams from 16 conference and will be shown on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPN3. The SEARS BracketBusters matchups, game times and network assignments will be announced on Monday, January 30.

“The continued strong partnerships with ESPN and FSN present great opportunities for the Big West Conference to gain national and regional exposure of its basketball programs,” said Big West Commissioner Dennis Farrell. “We feel we have selected some very competitive games that will showcase the conference’s talent and a tight race leading up to the tournament at Honda Center.”

The conference package will be highlighted by a pair of clashes between Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara – the schools that have met in the previous two Big West Tournament championship games. The FSN package commences on Saturday, January 14 with a Pacific at Long Beach State matchup on PRIME TICKET. The lineup also features a “Wild Card” Saturday on February 4 in which ESPNU and FS West will select two games among the four on that day’s schedule.

2011-12 Big West Basketball Television Schedule

Day/Date Contest Tipoff Carrier
Tuesday, November 15 Cal State Northridge at Hawai’i 1:00 am ESPN
Thursday, November 24 UC Riverside vs. Villanova 1:30 pm ESPN2
Friday, November 25 UC Riverside vs. Boston College/St. Louis 11:30 am/2 pm ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU
Sunday, November 27 UC Riverside vs. TBD TBD ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3
Thursday, December 22 Long Beach State vs. Xavier 8:00 pm ESPNU
Friday, December 23 Long Beach State vs. Auburn/Hawai’i TBD ESPN2, ESPNU
Sunday, December 25 Long Beach State vs. TBD TBD ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3
Wednesday, November 16 Long Beach State at Pittsburgh 6:00 pm ESPNU
Monday, November 28 Long Beach State at Louisville 4:00 pm ESPNU
Tuesday, December 6 Long Beach State at Kansas 6:00 pm ESPNU
Tuesday, December 6 Hawai‘i at Pacific 7:00 pm ESPN3
Saturday, December 10 Long Beach State at North Carolina 4:00 pm ESPN3
Saturday, December 17 UC Davis at UCLA 12:00 pm PRIME
Tuesday, December 20 UC Irvine at UCLA 7:30 pm PRIME
Saturday, January 14 Pacific at Long Beach State 4:00 pm PRIME
Saturday, January 21 Cal State Northridge at Cal Poly 5:00 pm PRIME
Saturday, January 21 Long Beach State at UC Santa Barbara 8:00 pm ESPNU
Thursday, January 26 UC Riverside at UC Irvine (women's) 7:00 pm ESPN3
Saturday, January 28 UC Riverside at UC Irvine 5:00 pm PRIME
Saturday, January 28 Cal State Fullerton at Long Beach State 8:00 pm ESPNU
Saturday, February 4 Cal Poly at UC Santa Barbara (women's) 2:00 pm ESPN3
  UC Santa Barbara at Cal State Fullerton 6:00 pm ESPNU
  Cal State Northridge at Long Beach State 7:30 pm FS WEST
Thursday, February 9 Cal State Northridge at UC Davis 8:00 pm COMCAST SPORTS NET
Saturday, February 11 UC Riverside at UC Santa Barbara 7:30 pm PRIME
SEARS BracketBusters
Saturday, February 18 UC Santa Barbara at Utah State 6:00 pm ESPN3
Saturday, February 18 Long Beach State at Creighton 7:00 pm ESPN2/ESPN3
Wednesday, February 22 UC Santa Barbara at Long Beach State 8:00 pm ESPN2
Saturday, February 25 Cal State Northridge at UC Irvine 7:30 pm PRIME
Saturday, February 25 Cal Poly at UC Santa Barbara 8:00 pm ESPNU
Saturday, March 3 Long Beach State at Cal State Fullerton 4:00 pm FS WEST
Friday, March 9 Men's Semifinal #1 6:30 pm ESPN3 (live), ESPNU (delayed)
  Men's Semifinal #2 9:00 pm ESPNU (live)
Saturday, March 10 Women's Championship 2:00 pm PRIME
  Men's Championship 7:00 pm ESPN2

* The 6:30 pm semifinal will air live on ESPN3 and will be replayed on ESPNU on a delayed basis immediately following the completion of BIg West Tournament semifinal No. 2.