Big West Unveils 2016-17 ESPN Men's Basketball Schedule
2016-17 ESPN Men's Basketball Release
Big West Conference Commissioner Dennis Farrell today announced that ESPN networks will televise a minimum of 37 men’s basketball games during the 2016-17 season.
ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to air five Saturday regular season Big West contests, utilizing a “Wild Card” format to determine matchups 2-4 weeks before the game. The four ESPNU games take place on Jan. 14, Jan. 21, Feb. 18 and Feb. 25, while ESPN2 has a Feb. 4 contest.
Various ESPN platforms will carry the Big West Tournament semifinals and championship at Honda Center. The Friday, Mar. 10 semifinals will be showcased on ESPN3 and ESPNU. The 6:30 p.m. game will be shown live on ESPN3 and delayed at 11:00 p.m. on ESPNU, while the 9:00 p.m. game will be live on ESPNU. ESPN2 will air the championship game Saturday, Mar. 11 at 8:30 p.m. (PT).
A minimum of 21 men’s hoops games will be carried on ESPN3, beginning with a Wednesday, Jan. 4 showdown between Black and Blue rivals Long Beach State and UC Irvine from the Bren Events Center. Defending conference regular season champion Hawai‘i makes its debut in the package one night later, Jan. 5, at Cal State Fullerton.
Eight additional non-conference contests will appear on ESPN networks. For the ninth straight year, Hawai‘i will participate in ESPN’s annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon, more than 24 hours of game action to mark the start of the 2016-17 season. The Rainbow Warriors host Florida Atlantic on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 1:15 a.m. (PT) on ESPN2.
CSUN and Hawai‘i will compete in two ESPN Events’ owned-and-operated eight-team tournaments for a total of six additional television games. The Matadors (Wooden Legacy) and Rainbow Warriors (Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic) each will play three games over a four-day period. The Wooden Legacy will be played at two sites, with Cal State Fullerton’s Titan Gym ushering in the first two days. Honda Center, the home of the Big West Tournament, will host four games, including the championship, on the final day of competition. Games from both tournaments will be featured on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPN3.
Additionally, ESPN2 is slated to televise the Long Beach State at Texas non-conference matchup on Dec. 10.
The 2016-17 season begins on Friday, Nov. 11.