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OVC, ESPN set games for hoops TV schedule

OVC, ESPN set games for hoops TV schedule

Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 12:02 pm

The Ohio Valley Conference announced its slate of games across ESPN platforms for the 2011-12 season on Wednesday.
The schedule includes 10 total men’s basketball games (seven regular season contests and three OVC Tournament games) that will appear on one of the networks during the season.
Each of the seven regular season games will air on ESPNU as will the first semifinal of the OVC Tournament (Friday, March 2 at 6 p.m.). The second semifinal game will air live on ESPN3.
The tournament championship game will air on either ESPN or ESPN2 at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 3. The tournament will be held at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville.
For the second year in a row, the schedule of games will include “Wild Card” selections that will feature teams selected 21 days before the contest.
This season’s wild card dates are Jan. 21, Feb. 2 and Feb. 23; the wild card format helps insure the most competitive games featuring the teams at the top of the standings are selected for telecast.
ESPNU launched on March 4, 2005, with the Southeast Missouri State/Eastern Kentucky OVC Tournament semifinal contest being the first event aired live on the network.
The 24-hour college sports television network airs more than 650 live events annually. Each season, ESPNU televises more than 300 men’s and women’s basketball games, including regular season and conference tournament matchups from a wide variety of schools representing 27 different conferences.
ESPNU is available nationwide in approximately 73 million households and has long-term carriage agreements with all 10 of the top multichannel TV providers — Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV, DISH Network, Mediacom, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS TV and AT&T U-verse.
ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, a 24/7 destination that delivers thousands of global sports events annually and accessible online via WatchESPN.com. It is available to approximately 70 million homes at no cost to fans who receive a high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated provider.
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2011-12 ESPN
Television Schedule
Saturday, December 31
Austin Peay at Morehead State, 11 a.m. (ESPNU)
Saturday, January 7
Murray State at Austin Peay, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Saturday, January 14
Tennessee Tech at Murray State, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
Saturday, January 21
Wild Card Game, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
Potential Wild Card Games
Austin Peay at Eastern Illinois
UT Martin at Morehead State
Murray State at SIUE
Southeast Missouri at Tennessee Tech
Saturday, January 28
Tennessee Tech at Morehead State, 2 p.m. (ESPNU)
Thursday, February 2
Wild Card Game, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Potential Wild Card Games
Tennessee Tech at Austin Peay
Eastern Kentucky at Eastern Ill.
Morehead State at SIUE
Southeast Missouri at Murray State
Jacksonville State at UT Martin
Thursday, February 23
Wild Card Game, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Potential Wild Card Games
Austin Peay at UT Martin
SIUE at Eastern Kentucky
Murray State at Tennessee State
Eastern Illinois at Morehead State
Southeast Missouri at Jacksonville State
Friday, March 2
OVC Tournament Men’s Semifinal, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
OVC Tournament Men’s Semifinal, 8 p.m. (ESPN3)
Saturday, March 3
OVC Tournament Men’s Champion-ship, 1 p.m. (ESPN or ESPN2)

Published in The WCP 10.6.11

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