Aug. 26, 2010
Every Big Ten men’s basketball conference regular-season and tournament game will be nationally broadcast for the fourth consecutive year, the conference announced on Thursday. The Big Ten’s media agreements result in more than 100 games appearing on CBS Sports, ESPN, ESPN2 or the Big Ten Network in the 2010-11 season.
Big Ten men’s basketball will reach a live national audience on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday during the conference season. The Big Ten slate will open on Monday, Dec. 27, with Indiana hosting Penn State at 6:30 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network. The ESPN family will broadcast its first game of the conference schedule the following day on ESPN2 as Minnesota travels to Wisconsin for a 7 p.m. ET tip. CBS Sports will air its first contest of the Big Ten season on Saturday, Jan. 22, when Ohio State heads to Illinois for a Noon ET contest.
Beginning with the conference season, the Big Ten will have one game on an ESPN network every Tuesday at 7 or 9 p.m. ET as part of the network’s Super Tuesday lineup. A second game will often appear on the Big Ten Network that night either immediately before or after the ESPN or ESPN2 contest. Big Ten action continues on Wednesday evenings with doubleheaders on the Big Ten Network typically at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. ET. ESPN or ESPN2 will broadcast one conference game every Thursday night beginning on Jan. 6, with other contests on Thursdays airing on the Big Ten Network. Up to five games every weekend during the conference slate will be broadcast by CBS Sports, ESPN, ESPN2 and the Big Ten Network. CBS Sports will air eight conference games, including wildcard selections on the final three weekends of the regular season. ESPN or ESPN2 will show games during the final seven weekends of the season, while the Big Ten Network will broadcast the remaining contests.
The Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament will be held Thursday, March 10, through Sunday, March 13, at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. All 10 games will be broadcast nationally on ESPN, ESPN2, the Big Ten Network and CBS Sports. ESPN2 will carry the first two games, while the Big Ten Network will air the third and final contest on Day 1. ESPN will cover Friday’s first two matchups, while the Big Ten Network will show the two evening games. CBS Sports will broadcast Saturday’s semifinals and Sunday’s championship game.
The complete 2010-11 Big Ten men’s basketball conference schedule can be found by clicking the link at the top of this story.