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WCC, ESPN announce 2013-14 men's basketball telecast schedule

<I>At least 36 West Coast Conference men's basketball games will air on ESPN networks in 2013-14.</I>
 
At least 36 West Coast Conference men's basketball games will air on ESPN networks in 2013-14.
 
 

Sept. 10, 2013

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- As part of their long-term relationship, the West Coast Conference and ESPN have announced that a minimum of 36 men's basketball games involving WCC schools will air nationally on the ESPN networks this season, including additional exposure during the 2014 West Coast Conference Basketball Championship in Las Vegas.

The West Coast Conference will once again be a centerpiece to ESPN networks' Thursday night and Saturday coverage. In all, 22 conference games will be showcased on ESPN, ESPN2, or ESPNU in 2013-14 - up from 20 last season. West Coast Conference basketball will be featured on ESPN's popular Championship Week coverage in 2014, with five live telecasts from Las Vegas: two quarterfinal games (Saturday, March 8, ESPN2), the WCC semifinals (Monday, March 10, ESPN and ESPN2) and the championship game on Tuesday, March 11 (ESPN).

"The longstanding, deep relationship between the West Coast Conference and ESPN has been a cornerstone of our success in men's basketball and this season we will see continued growth," said Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich. "In particular, the opportunity to feature our conference championship quarterfinal telecasts on ESPN2 and one of our semifinals on ESPN is a huge benefit. That added exposure will ensure that our terrific atmosphere in Las Vegas, and quality brand of basketball can be seen by more fans than ever as our teams push towards the postseason."

The WCC's national telecast package is highlighted by a pair of clashes between Saint Mary's and Gonzaga - the teams that met in the 2013 WCC championship game. In addition, both teams will face conference foe BYU - a 2013 NIT semifinalist - and 2013 WCC semifinalist San Diego in nationally-televised showdowns.

In addition to the conference games, ESPN has announced it will televise four nonconference games that are a part of the West Cast Conference's national television package - including three WCC teams participating in the popular College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon. Gonzaga (EA SPORTS Maui Invitational) and Saint Mary's (Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic) will also participate in holiday tournaments on ESPN networks. Additional WCC nonconference road games on the ESPN networks will be announced at a later date.

As the season approaches, check the interactive schedule on WCCsports.com or follow West Coast Conference Basketball on Twitter (@WCChoops) for additional non-conference telecasts along with local and regional telecast information from the conference and its member institutions.

2013-14 WEST COAST CONFERENCE MEN'S BASKETBALL ON ESPN NETWORKS
Monday, November 11

Colorado State at Gonzaga (College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon), 6:00 p.m. (ESPNU)
BYU at Stanford (College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon), 8:00 p.m. (ESPN2)

Tuesday, November 12
Akron at Saint Mary's (College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon), 12:00 a.m. (ESPN2)

Wednesday, November 20
Iowa State at BYU, 7:30 p.m. MT (ESPNU)

Monday, November 25
Gonzaga vs. Dayton (EA SPORTS Maui Invitational), 7:00 p.m. HT (ESPN2)

Tuesday, November 26
Gonzaga at EA SPORTS Maui Invitational, TBD (ESPN or ESPN2)

Wednesday, November 27
Gonzaga at EA Sports Maui Invitational, TBD (ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU)

Saturday, December 7
New Mexico State at Gonzaga, 8:00 p.m. (ESPNU)

Tuesday, December 10
Gonzaga at West Virginia, 9:00 p.m. ET (ESPN2)

Saturday, December 21
Gonzaga vs. Kansas State (Wichita), 2:30 p.m. CT (ESPN2)

Sunday, December 22
Saint Mary's vs. South Carolina (Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic), 6:00 p.m. HT (ESPNU)

Monday, December 23
Saint Mary's at Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic, TBD (ESPN2 or ESPNU)

Wednesday, December 25
Saint Mary's at Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic, TBD (ESPN2/ESPNU/ESPN3)

Saturday, December 28
*Santa Clara at Gonzaga, 5:00 p.m. (ESPNU)

Thursday, January 2
*Saint Mary's at Gonzaga, 6:00 p.m. (ESPN2)

Thursday, January 9
*Gonzaga at Portland, 8:00 p.m. (ESPNU)

Thursday, January 16
*BYU at San Francisco, 6:00 p.m. (ESPNU)

Thursday, January 23
*San Diego at Gonzaga, 7:00 p.m. (ESPNU)

Saturday, January 25
*BYU at Gonzaga, 7:00 p.m. (ESPN2)

Thursday, January 30
*Saint Mary's at San Diego, 7:00 p.m. (ESPNU)

Saturday, February 1
*Saint Mary's at BYU, 8:00 p.m. MT (ESPN2)

Thursday, February 6
*Santa Clara at BYU, 9:00 p.m. MT (ESPNU)

Saturday, February 8
Gonzaga at Memphis (ESPN College GameDay), 8:00 p.m. CT (ESPN)

Thursday, February 13
*San Diego at Saint Mary's, 8:00 p.m. (ESPNU)

Saturday, February 15
*BYU at Saint Mary's, 5:00 p.m. (ESPN2)
*San Francisco at Santa Clara, 8:00 p.m. (ESPNU)

Thursday, February 20
*Gonzaga at BYU, 7:00 p.m. MT (ESPN or ESPN2)
*Pepperdine at Loyola Marymount, 8:00 p.m. (ESPNU)

Saturday, February 22
*Gonzaga at San Diego, 9:00 p.m. (ESPN2)

Thursday, February 27
*Gonzaga at Pacific, 7:00 p.m. (ESPNU)

Saturday, March 1
*Gonzaga at Saint Mary's, 7:00 p.m. (ESPN2)

Saturday, March 8
West Coast Conference Basketball Championship Quarterfinals, 6:00 p.m. (two games on ESPN2)

Monday, March 10
West Coast Conference Basketball Championship Semifinals, 6:00 p.m. (one game on ESPN, one on ESPN2)

Tuesday, March 11
West Coast Conference Basketball Championship Final, 6:00 p.m. (ESPN)

*denotes West Coast Conference game
All times are Pacific, unless noted, and are subject to change. View the most current interactive schedule on WCCsports.com.