Big Ten Conference Announces Big Ten Network Women's Basketball Wildcard Selection

Feb. 20, 2008

PARK RIDGE, Ill. - The Big Ten Conference and the Big Ten Network announced today that the Purdue at Illinois women's basketball game on March 2 has been selected as the network's wildcard matchup. The game will air live at 3 p.m. CT with Mark Neely and Mary Murphy on the call.

Purdue is currently third in the Big Ten standings with a 10-5 record in Big Ten games and a 14-12 mark overall. Illinois is eighth in the conference at 6-8 and 14-11 overall. While the Boilermakers won the teams' first matchup in a 71-59 decision, the Fighting Illini have played in more close games than any other team in the conference. Nine of Illinois' games have been decided by five points or fewer, eight of which have come in Big Ten action.

Big Ten women's basketball is enjoying unprecedented television coverage in the 2007-08 campaign with 55 regular-season games scheduled to be nationally broadcast by the Big Ten Network. Big Ten women's basketball teams are making more than twice as many national television appearances than any other conference in the country, while the Big Ten Network is nationally airing more regular-season women's basketball games than any other network.

The Big Ten Network will also broadcast nine games at the 2008 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament presented by Xbox 360 Live, which will be held March 6-9 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. In addition, the network's studio cast will be on hand to provide in-depth coverage and analysis for the duration of the event.