WSU Women's Basketball also on ESPN3 Feb. 1
WICHITA, Kan. -- Wichita State men's basketball will be telecast at least seven times on the ESPN family of networks, the Missouri Valley Conference announced today.
The ESPN2 men’s basketball slate, which is simulcast on WatchESPN.com, includes Creighton at Wichita State on Jan. 19, Wichita State at UNI on Feb. 2, and a possible Wildcard Weekend selection on March 2 when the Shockers travel to Creighton.
ESPNU will also televise men’s basketball games -- Wichita State at Bradley on Jan. 6 and Wichita State at Illinois State on Feb. 17 -- and a yet-to-be-determined baseball tilt.
The league will also feature events on ESPN3 -- ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network available online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE.
That package includes four men’s basketball games (UNI at Creighton on Jan. 15, Illinois State at Wichita State on Jan. 16, Missouri State at UNI on Feb. 5 and Wichita State at Indiana State on Feb. 19) and a women’s basketball contest (Illinois State at Wichita State on Feb. 1).
All ten Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball teams will also compete in the 11th annual BracketBusters series on Feb. 22-23, 2013.
The Valley schools will compete in the two-day event, with the televised package of games to be announced on Jan. 28.
Five games will be aired on ESPN2, four contests will be televised on ESPNU and four matchups will be shown on ESPN3.
Overall, the Missouri Valley Conference will have a record 48-game telecast package on ESPN networks during the 2012-13 academic year, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced today.
The Valley, which is in the second year of a five-year agreement with ESPN, will clear a record-number 30 men’s basketball telecasts on ESPN networks. ESPN will carry the events on ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3.
An additional 18 other MVC contests (volleyball in addition to women’s basketball and baseball) are featured on the package this year.
"ESPN’s commitment to The Valley is evident by the quantity and diversity of this package of telecasts," Elgin said.
For the eighth-consecutive season, CBS Sports will air the title game of the MVC Men’s Basketball Championship. CBS, which purchased the rights from ESPN, will televise the contest on Sunday, March 10, at 1 p.m. Central.
The Valley's MVC-Television package will be released Friday, while WSU's local package will be announced at a later date.