Aug. 19, 2009
For the third consecutive year, every Big Ten men’s basketball conference regular-season and tournament game will be nationally televised the conference announced today. The conference’s media agreements result in more than 100 games appearing nationally on CBS Sports, ESPN, ESPN2 or the Big Ten Network in the 2009-10 season.
Big Ten men’s basketball will be broadcast nationally every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the conference season. The conference slate tips off on Tuesday, Dec. 29, with Big Ten Tournament Champion and Sweet Sixteen participant Purdue traveling to Iowa for a 7 p.m. ET game on the Big Ten Network. ESPN will broadcast its first game of the Big Ten season that same night at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2 from Williams Arena with NCAA Tournament qualifier Minnesota hosting National Invitation Tournament Champion Penn State. CBS Sports will air its first game of the Big Ten slate on Saturday, Jan. 16, when Big Ten Champion and national runner-up Michigan State hosts NCAA Tournament qualifier Illinois.
Beginning with conference play, the Big Ten will have one game on ESPN each Tuesday at either 7 p.m. or 9 p.m. ET as part of Super Tuesday. A second conference game will usually appear on the Big Ten Network that night. The Big Ten will continue action on Wednesday nights with Big Ten Super Wednesday—a doubleheader on the Big Ten Network beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET. ESPN or ESPN2 will televise at least one game each Thursday. CBS Sports, ESPN, ESPN2 and the Big Ten Network will combine to televise up to five games in each of the 10 weekends of the conference season. CBS Sports will air eight conference games, including wildcards on the final three weekends of the season. An ESPN platform will air games the final seven weekends of the season, while the Big Ten Network will air the remaining contests.
The 13th annual Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament will be played Thursday, March 11 through Sunday, March 14 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. All 10 games will air nationally on ESPN, ESPN2, the Big Ten Network and CBS Sports. ESPN2 will carry the first two games on Thursday and the Big Ten Network will air the final game of the evening. On Friday, ESPN will broadcast the first two quarterfinal games while the Big Ten Network will air the remaining two contests. CBS Sports will televise the semifinal and championship games on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
The Big Ten Conference returns eight of 10 members from last year’s All-Big Ten first and second teams, including all five members of the first team. The conference returns 80 percent of its offensive production from a year ago with eight of the 11 squads welcoming back at least 75 percent of their points produced. Last season, eight Big Ten teams earned 20 or more wins for the first time in conference history, and the conference sent a record-tying seven teams to the NCAA Tournament.