Jan. 4, 2011
Chicago, Ill. -
The Big Ten Network's full Sunday night lineup debuts Jan. 9, with brand new episodes of The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2011, Big Ten Basketball and Beyond and Big Ten Icons, presented by Discover, immediately after the network's weekly Sunday basketball telecast. Big Ten Icons returns with the debut of Icon No. 9, Purdue's Rick Mount.
"Sunday night on the Big Ten Network offers fans an all-encompassing look at Big Ten Basketball, and there's something for everyone," Big Ten Network President Mark Silverman said. "The Journey takes fans on an emotional ride for 10 weeks and captures the season's highs and lows from the perspective of the coaches and players. Big Ten Basketball and Beyond, with its broader perspective, examines how the Big Ten fits into the national picture. And Big Ten Icons continues to look back at the greatest players to ever participate in the conference's 100-year history."
The Big Ten Network's first original series and its highest rated last year, The Journey franchise returns for a fourth consecutive season at 9 PM ET, following the Indiana at Northwestern men's basketball telecast. The popular, documentary-style program takes viewers deep inside Big Ten basketball programs, spending consecutive days with different Big Ten teams on a rotating basis during the 10-week march toward the Big Ten Tournament. The program was named the 2010 co-winner of the best sports show/series by CableFAX magazine, along with ESPN's 30 for 30. New in 2011, fans of the show are invited to experience the Journey on Twitter (@BTNJourney) to get daily updates and bonus content from show producers and editors.
At 9:30 PM ET, lead studio host Dave Revsine hosts Big Ten Basketball and Beyond along with two-time Big Ten Player of the Year and former Buckeye All-American Jim Jackson and The Sporting News' national columnist Mike DeCourcy. The trio will review the week's top headlines, preview the week's top games and look at how the national storylines might affect the Big Ten.
Big Ten Icons, presented by Discover and hosted by Hall of Fame sportscaster Keith Jackson, continues its countdown to number one. The 20-episode series is coming down the home stretch, with Icons nine through one still to be profiled. Sunday's profile of former Purdue shooting star and All-American Rick Mount is at 10 PM ET.
Beginning Jan. 16, the three shows settle into their regular time periods, with the Journey at 8 PM ET, Beyond at 8:30 and Big Ten Icons at 9 PM ET.
With 111 men's basketball games, including 64 conference matchups, the Big Ten Network will air more Big Ten basketball games than any other network this season. In addition to the Sunday night lineup, the Big Ten Network will have men's basketball telecasts on Tuesdays, Super Wednesday doubleheaders, Thursdays and Saturdays. The network also will feature women's basketball doubleheaders on Thursdays, and additional women's basketball game telecasts on Sundays.
About the Big Ten Network: The Big Ten Network is the first internationally distributed network dedicated to covering one of the premier collegiate conferences in the country. With approximately 350 live events, and nearly all of them in HD, the network is the ultimate destination for Big Ten fans and alumni across the country, allowing them to see their favorite teams, regardless of where they live. The network operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, showcasing a wide array of classic-to-current sports and televising more Olympic sporting events and women's sports than has ever been aired on any other network. Original programming highlights activities and accomplishments of some of the nation's finest universities. Each year, the network offers between 35 and 40 football games, 105 regular season men's basketball games; 55 women's basketball games; dozens of Big Ten Championship events; studio shows; coaches' shows; and classic games. Available to all cable and satellite providers nationwide and in Canada, the network currently has agreements with more than 300 affiliates, including AT&T U-Verse, Atlantic Broadband, Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox (Cleveland, Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Omaha), DirecTV, DISH Network, Insight, Mediacom, Rogers Cable (Canada), Shaw Cable and Shaw Direct (Canada), Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS. For updated information on the Big Ten Network, go to www.BigTenNetwork.com.