Big West Announces 2014-15 ESPN Men's Basketball Television Schedule
2014-15 ESPN/Big West Basketball Television Schedule
UPDATED ON Friday, September 19
Big West Conference Commissioner Dennis Farrell today announced that ESPN networks will televise a minimum of 17 men’s basketball games during the 2014-15 season.
Five Saturday regular season Big West contests will be nationally aired on ESPN2 and ESPNU. All matchups will be determined utilizing a “Wild Card” format in which ESPN will make advance selections 3-4 weeks prior to the event. The four ESPNU games are scheduled for Jan. 10, Jan. 17, Jan. 31 and Feb. 7, while ESPN2 is home to a Feb. 28 contest.
In addition, the Big West Men’s Basketball Tournament semifinals and championship at Honda Center will appear across various ESPN platforms. The Friday, Mar. 13 semifinals will be televised live on ESPN3 and ESPNU at 6:30 and 9:00 p.m. (PT), respectively. In addition, the first semifinal will be tape delayed on ESPNU at 11:00 p.m. (PT). The championship game will tip on Saturday, Mar. 14 at 8:30 p.m. (PT) on ESPN2.
Eight additional non-conference telecasts are currently slated for one of the ESPN networks. For the seventh straight year, Hawai‘i will participate in ESPN’s annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon, an assortment of more than a dozen live games spanning more than 24 hours on ESPN platforms. The Rainbow Warriors host High Point on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at midnight (HT) and 2:00 a.m. (PT) on ESPN2.
Through ESPN Events-operated eight-team early-season tournaments, Long Beach State and Hawai‘i will take part in two of them. The 49ers will open the Wooden Legacy against Western Michigan on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 27, at 5:30 p.m. (PT) on ESPNU. The opening two days of competition will be staged at Titan Gym on the campus of Cal State Fullerton. Four games, including the title game, will be played Sunday at Honda Center.
Entering its sixth year, the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic will again be played at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, with tournament host Hawai‘i matching up against Nebraska in opening round action on Monday, Dec. 22 at 10:00 p.m. (PT) on ESPNU.
LBSU and UH will each play a total of three tournament games on either ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPN3.
In addition, the TV lineup also will feature a CSUN at Louisville matchup for Dec. 23 and a Long Beach State at Syracuse contest for Dec. 28. Both games will be aired on ESPNU.
“We’re excited about our ongoing relationship with ESPN and the exposure Big West basketball will receive on its networks,” said Big West Commissioner Dennis Farrell. “From the Tip-Off Marathon in November to the conference tournament in March, there will be plenty of opportunities for Big West basketball to be showcased.”