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WCC Men's Basketball Teams To Make 31 Appearances On ESPN's Family Of Networks

Oct. 20, 2009

SAN BRUNO, Calif. - ESPN recently announced its 2009-10 men's basketball schedule which will feature approximately 1,100 games across the networks multiple platforms. The West Coast Conference is among the featured conferences as WCC teams are scheduled to make 31 appearances, including 14 WCC regular season games, on ESPN's family of networks.

Saint Mary's and Gonzaga kick-off the list of WCC ESPN exposures as both teams will be featured in ESPN's second annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon. Saint Mary's home game against San Diego State on Monday, November 16th, and Gonzaga's game at Michigan State on Tuesday, November 17th, highlight ESPN's tip-off coverage of the college basketball season.

WCC teams Gonzaga, Portland, and Saint Mary's will participate in tournaments that will be covered by the ESPN family of networks. Gonzaga is scheduled to play in the EA Sports Maui Invitational on November 23-25, Portland will play in the 76 Classic on November 26-29, and Saint Mary's will participate in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic on December 22-25.

For the second straight year, WCC games will be broadcast nationally on ESPN's "Thursday Night Showcase". ESPN, the exclusive national television provider of the West Coast Conference, will broadcast 12 WCC games on ESPN or ESPN2 with an additional seven games showcased on ESPNU.

The WCC will make its first of six appearances on "Thursday Night Showcase" on Jan. 14 when Gonzaga travels to rival Saint Mary's for a showdown in Moraga, CA on ESPN2 in one of the most anticipated conference games of the season. Also featured on ESPN's "Thursday Night Showcase" will be Gonzaga at Santa Clara (1/28 - ESPN2 - ESPNU Campus Connection Week), Portland at Gonzaga (2/4 - ESPN2), Saint Mary's at Gonzaga (2/11 - ESPN2 - Rivalry Week), Saint Mary's at San Diego (2/18 - ESPN2), and Santa Clara at Gonzaga (2/25 - ESPN2 - Judgement Week).

In addition to the 14 WCC regular season games, ESPN will broadcast both semifinal games as well as the final of the 2010 Zappos.com WCC Men's Basketball Championship.

Additional men's basketball telecasts will be arranged and announced by the conference's eight member institutions. The dates and times of these broadcasts will be posted on WCCsports.com as they become available.

Additional highlights of ESPN's 2009-10 Men's Basketball Schedule include:

  • The second annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon celebrating the start of the season with 12 live games in 24 hours on ESPN on Tuesday, Nov. 17. ESPN games are scheduled to tip off every two hours beginning at 12 a.m. ET (9 p.m. PT Nov. 16) with Cal State Fullerton at UCLA. The 6 and 8 a.m. telecasts mark the first time ESPN has televised a live college basketball game in either of in those time slots -- in more than 8,200 live matchups in 30 years;

  • More than 900 games on ESPN360.com, including 10 original productions and simulcasts of every ESPN and ESPN2 game and ESPN FULL COURT pay-per-view game. ESPN Mobile TV will simulcast approximately 250 contests;

  • A record number of games on ESPNU with more than 240;

  • The newly created Conference Tip-Off Jan. 11-17, highlighting the launch of ESPN's regular weekday and Saturday conference coverage with more than 42 games;

  • First national telecasts of the inaugural Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic and second annual Charleston Classic.

    A Sampling of Top Non-Conference Showdowns on ESPN's Family of Networks
    Matchup Network, Date and Time (ET)
    Gonzaga at Michigan State (College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon) ESPN and ESPN360.com, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m.
    Memphis vs. Kansas (Hall of Fame Showcase from St. Louis; College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon) ESPN and ESPN360.com, Nov. 17 at 10 p.m.
    North Carolina vs. Ohio State (2K Sports Classic) ESPN2 and ESPN360.com, Nov. 19 at 9 p.m.
    Michigan State at North Carolina (Big Ten/ACC Challenge) ESPN and ESPN360.com, Dec. 1 at 9 p.m.
    Indiana vs. Pittsburgh (New York City - Jimmy V Classic) ESPN and ESPN360.com, Dec. 8 at 9 p.m.
    Kentucky vs. Connecticut (New York City - DIRECTV SEC/BIG EAST Invitational) ESPN and ESPN360.com, Dec. 9 at 9:30 p.m.
    Syracuse vs. Florida (Tampa - DIRECTV SEC/BIG EAST Invitational) ESPN and ESPN360.com, Dec. 10 at 9 p.m.
    Michigan at Kansas ESPN and ESPN360.com, Dec. 19 at noon
    North Carolina vs. Texas (from Cowboys Stadium) ESPN and ESPN360.com, Dec. 19 at 2 p.m.
    Michigan State at Texas ESPN2 and ESPN360.com, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m.
    West Virginia at Purdue ESPN and ESPN360.com, Jan. 1 at 2:30 p.m.
    Duke vs. Iowa State (from Chicago) ESPN2 and ESPN360.com, Jan. 6 at 10 p.m.

    A Sampling of Top Conference Showdowns on ESPN's Family of Networks
    Matchup Network, Date and Time (ET) Conference

    Gonzaga at Portland ESPNU, Jan. 9 at 10 p.m. West Coast
    Villanova at Louisville ESPN and ESPN360.com, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. BIG EAST
    Kentucky at Florida ESPN and ESPN360.com, Jan. 12 at 9 p.m. SEC
    Texas A&M at Texas ESPNU, Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. Big 12
    Purdue at Illinois ESPN and ESPN360.com, Jan. 19 at 9 p.m. Big Ten
    Wake Forest at North Carolina ESPN and ESPN360.com, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. ACC
    Georgetown at Pittsburgh ESPNU, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. BIG EAST
    Michigan State at Michigan ESPN and ESPN360.com, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. Big Ten
    Vanderbilt at Tennessee ESPNU, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. SEC
    Michigan State at Illinois ESPN and ESPN360.com, Feb. 6 at 9 p.m. Big Ten
    Kansas at Texas ESPN and ESPN360.com, Feb. 8 at 9 p.m. Big 12
    Purdue at Michigan State ESPN and ESPN360.com, Feb. 9 at 9 p.m. Big Ten
    Connecticut at Syracuse ESPN and ESPN360.com, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. BIG EAST
    St. Mary's at Gonzaga ESPN2 and ESPN360.com, Feb. 11 at 11 p.m. West Coast
    Tennessee at Kentucky ESPN and ESPN360.com, Feb. 13 at 9 p.m. SEC
    Texas at Missouri ESPN2 and ESPN360.com, Feb. 17 at 9 p.m. Big 12
    UCLA at Washington ESPN and ESPN360.com, Feb. 20 at 9 p.m. Pac-10
    Oklahoma State at Texas ESPN2 and ESPN360.com, Feb. 24 at 9 p.m. Big 12
    Louisville at Marquette ESPNU, March 2 at 9:30 p.m. BIG EAST
    Duke at Maryland ESPN and ESPN360.com, March 3 at 9 p.m. ACC
    North Carolina at Duke ESPN and ESPN360.com, March 6 at 9 p.m. ACC

    ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU Day-by-Day Lineup
    ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to offer top games throughout the season, including many in regular weekday time slots and every Saturday beginning Jan. 11, highlighted by (conference assignments can vary):

    Monday: ESPN's weekly Big Monday Presented by Bud Light doubleheader will feature the BIG EAST and Big 12 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., respectively;

    Tuesday: Super Tuesday Presented by KFC will highlight an ESPN Big Ten and SEC doubleheader as well as a weekly ESPN2 prime-time matchup featuring the ACC, Big 12 or BIG EAST. Tuesday will also include a weekly doubleheader on ESPNU at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. showcasing various conferences;

    Wednesday: Wednesday Night Hoops will feature a weekly Big 12 game on ESPN2, weekly games featuring the ACC and BIG EAST on ESPN and ESPN2 and a new consistent WAC telecast on ESPN2. A Wednesday ESPNU doubleheader at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. will feature action from the BIG EAST, ACC, Big 12 and SEC;

    Thursday: The Thursday Night Showcase will include a new weekly SEC game joining the Big Ten telecast as well as games from the ACC, BIG EAST and Pac-10 on ESPN or ESPN2 at 7 p.m. or 9 p.m. In addition, ESPN2 and ESPNU will offer a consistent 11 p.m. West Coast Conference game;

    Saturdays: Afternoon and evening games across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU from top conferences including ACC, BIG EAST, Big Ten, Big 12, SEC, Conference USA and more. Saturday Primetime Presented by DIRECTV, a 9 p.m. game of the week on ESPN, will return for a sixth season.

    2009-10 WCC Men's Basketball ESPN Schedule
    DATE GAME
    TIME
    NETWORK
    Monday, Nov. 16 San Diego State at SAINT MARY'S !
    11:00 p.m.
    ESPN
    Tuesday, Nov. 17 GONZAGA at Michigan State !
    5:00 p.m.
    ESPN
    Monday, Nov. 23 GONZAGA vs. Colorado #
    12:00 p.m.
    ESPN2
    Tuesday, Nov. 24 GONZAGA vs. Arizona/Wisconsin #
    TBA
    ESPN/ESPN2
    Wednesday, Nov. 25 GONZAGA vs. TBA #
    TBA
    ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU
    Thursday, Nov. 26 PORTLAND vs. UCLA $
    7:30 p.m.
    ESPN2
    Friday, Nov. 27 PORTLAND vs. Butler/Minnesota $
    TBA
    ESPNU
    Sunday, Nov. 29 PORTLAND vs. TBA $
    TBA
    ESPN2/ESPNU
    Saturday, Dec. 5 Wake Forest at GONZAGA
    2:30 p.m.
    ESPN2
    Tuesday, Dec. 22 SAINT MARY'S vs. Northeastern %
    12:00 p.m.
    ESPNU
    Wednesday, Dec. 23 SAINT MARY'S vs. USC/Western Michigan %
    TBA
    ESPNU
    Friday, Dec. 25 SAINT MARY'S vs. TBA %
    TBA
    ESPN2/ESPNU
    Thursday, Dec. 31 Oklahoma at GONZAGA ^
    7:00 p.m.
    ESPN2
    Saturday, Jan. 9 GONZAGA at PORTLAND *
    7:00 p.m.
    ESPNU
    Thursday, Jan. 14 GONZAGA at SAINT MARY'S *
    8:00 p.m. ESPN2
    Thursday, Jan. 14 SANTA CLARA at PEPPERDINE *
    8:00 p.m.
    ESPNU
    Thursday, Jan. 21 SAN DIEGO at SAINT MARY'S *
    8:00 p.m. ESPNU
    Thursday, Jan. 28 GONZAGA at SANTA CLARA *
    8:00 p.m. ESPN2
    Thursday, Jan. 28 PORTLAND at SAN FRANCISCO *
    8:00 p.m. ESPNU
    Thursday, Feb. 4 PORTLAND at GONZAGA *
    8:00 p.m. ESPN2
    Saturday, Feb. 6 GONZAGA at Memphis
    1:00 p.m. ESPN2
    Thursday, Feb. 11 SAINT MARY'S at GONZAGA *
    8:00 p.m. ESPN2
    Thursday, Feb. 11 SAN DIEGO at PORTLAND *
    8:00 p.m. ESPNU
    Saturday, Feb. 13 SAINT MARY'S at PORTLAND *
    6:00 p.m. ESPN2
    Saturday, Feb. 13 SAN DIEGO at GONZAGA *
    7:00 p.m. ESPNU
    Thursday, Feb. 18 SAINT MARY'S at SAN DIEGO *
    8:00 p.m. ESPN2
    Thursday, Feb. 25 SANTA CLARA at GONZAGA *
    8:00 p.m. ESPN2
    Thursday, Feb. 25 LOYOLA MARYMOUNT at SAN DIEGO *
    8:00 p.m. ESPNU
    Sunday, Mar. 7 WCC Tournament Semifinal #1
    5:30 p.m. ESPN2
    Sunday, Mar. 7 WCC Tournament Semifinal #2
    7:30 p.m. ESPN2
    Monday, Mar. 8 WCC Tournament Championship
    6:00 p.m. ESPN

    ! ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon
    # EA Sports Maui Invitational
    $ 76 Classic
    % Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic
    ^ Ronald McDonald House Charities Classic
    * Denotes conference game
    All times PT