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