UNIVERSITY PARK, PA.; Sept. 26 , 2012 - The Penn State men's basketball team will have at least 23 games televised to a national audience in the 2012-13 season, including at least 12 appearances on the Big Ten Network and nine on the ESPN networks, it was revealed when the Big Ten announced tip times and television arrangements for the conference on Wednesday.
For the sixth consecutive year, every Big Ten men's basketball conference and tournament game will be nationally broadcast, the conference office announced today. The Big Ten's media agreements result in more than 100 games appearing on BTN, CBS Sports, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU during the 2012-13 conference season.
The Nittany Lions have made 40 appearances on the ESPN networks in the last five seasons, including eight last year. They will see that number grow by at least one in 2012-13, starting with a Nov. 15 match-up with ESPN pre-season No. 6 North Carolina State in the Puerto Rico Tip-off set for a 5:00 p.m. tip on ESPN2. Penn State will also appear on ESPN2 on Saturday, Jan. 26, when it takes on Ohio State in a 12:00 p.m. tip at the Jordan Center. That game will also be the annualCoaches vs. Cancer "Band Together" Day at the BJC.
The Lions will face Boston College in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Nov. 28 (9:15 p.m.) at the Jordan Center in the first of at least seven appearances on ESPNU. Penn State will have at least six Big Ten Conference games televised on ESPNU including home match-ups vs. Northwestern (Thurs., Jan. 10, at 8:00 p.m.), Nebraska (Sat., Jan. 19, at 1:00 p.m.) and Iowa (Thurs., Feb. 14, at 9:00 p.m.). The Nebraska game will also serve as "THON Hoops" day as Penn State welcomes Four Diamonds children and their families to the BJC and all student ticket proceeds benefit Penn State Dance Marathon. Big Ten road dates at Iowa (Thurs., Jan. 31, at 8:00 p.m.), Nebraska (Sat., Feb. 9, at 9:00 p.m.) and Northwestern (Thurs., March 7, at 7:00 p.m.) will also appear on ESPNU.
Penn State will also have at least two non-conference games streamed live on ESPN3. They are home match-ups with Penn (Sat., Dec. 1, at 2:00 p.m.) and Duquesne (Sat., Dec. 29, at 4:00 p.m.) at the BJC.
Penn State will have two non-conference games and at least 10 Big Ten Conferencegames televised on the Big Ten Network, including the Lions' Big Ten opener at Wisconsin on Thurs., Jan. 3, for which the tip time has yet to be set. The Big Ten home opener vs. pre-season top five ranked Indiana, set for a 7:00 p.m. tip on Mon., Nov. 7, will also appear on BTN.
Fans first chance to see the Nittany Lions in action will be on Sat., Nov. 3, when Penn State takes on coach Patrick Chambers' alma-mater, Philadelphia University, in a 4:00 p.m. tip. That game will be part of a double-header with the LadyLions. It will also be the first of four Penn State games streamed live to BTN.com. Penn State's season-opener vs. St. Francis (PA), set for Fri., Nov. 9, at 7:00 p.m., will also be streamed live to BTN.com as will the 100th meeting with Bucknell, set for a "Black Friday" (Nov. 28) afternoon tip at 4:30 p.m., and a match-up with Delaware State (Sat., Nov. 15, at 2:00 p.m.).
Penn State will hold "Senior Night" on Wed., Feb. 27, when Michigan comes to town. That game is set for a 6:30 p.m. tip on BTN. The Lions will also welcome former lettermen back for "Alumni Day" at the final home game of the season when Penn State takes on Wisconsin on Sun., March 10, in a 12:00 p.m. tip on BTN.
Penn State has one wildcard game on the schedule. The Nittany Lions' match-up at Minnesota will be played on either March 2 or 3 and will be televised by CBS, ESPN or BTN. The tip time for Penn State's game at Purdue on Sun., Jan. 13, has also yet to be determined.
The Big Ten Tournament will be played March 14-17 at the United Center in Chicago. First and second round games will appear on ESPN, ESPN2 or BTN and the semifinals and final game will be broadcast on CBS.
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