MADISON (Press Release) - The Big Ten Conference announced Tuesday that 44 Big Ten men's basketball conference games will be televised on CBS or an ESPN network, including 12 featuring Wisconsin.
The Big Ten and the Big Ten Network will announce the remainder of the 2011-12 men's basketball schedule on Wednesday.
During conference play, the Big Ten will have one game on an ESPN network every Tuesday at 7 or 9 p.m. ET as part of the network's Super Tuesday lineup. ESPN2 or ESPNU will broadcast one conference game every Thursday night beginning on Jan. 5. ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU will also show games during seven of the nine weekends of the conference regular season.
The Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament will be held Thursday, March 8, through Sunday, March 11, at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. With the expansion of the Big Ten to 12 teams, the tournament will feature 11 games for the first time in history. ESPN2 will carry the third and fourth games of the tournament, while ESPN will air Games 5 and 6. CBS Sports will once again broadcast the tournament's semifinals and championship game.
Here are a few notes about the Badgers' 2011-12 Big Ten schedule:
The Badgers will tip off ESPN's coverage of the Big Ten schedule on Dec. 27 when they travel to Nebraska for an 8 p.m. CT tip-off on ESPN2. This first-even Big Ten game for Nebraska comes on the heels of the Wisconsin football team also welcoming the Huskers to the Big Ten. UW hosts Nebraska at Camp Randall Stadium in a conference-opening game on Oct. 1.
The Badgers' Dec. 27 Big Ten start date will mark UW's earliest conference opener since the 1966-67 season, when Wisconsin tipped off at Illinois on Dec. 19.
The first CBS Sports broadcast of the conference season will also feature UW as the Badgers take on Michigan in Ann Arbor on Jan. 8. That game will tip off at either 12:30 or 3:30 p.m. CT.
With the new 12-team conference, the Badgers will face four schools just once in the 2011-12 regular season. UW will travel to Michigan and Purdue in back-to-back games on Jan. 8 and Jan. 12 for their only meetings. Wisconsin's only meetings with Northwestern and Indiana will come at the Kohl Center.
Wisconsin's schedule also includes two wildcard selections during the final three weekends of the regular season. The Badgers will host Penn State on Feb. 19, play at Ohio State on either Feb. 25 or 26 and host Illinois in the regular-season finale on March 4. Television assignments (CBS or ESPN) for all three games will be determined at a later date.
2011-12 Wisconsin Men's Basketball Games on ESPN/CBS
Date Opponent Time TV
Dec. 27 at Nebraska 8 p.m. ESPN2
JAN. 3 MICHIGAN STATE 6 p.m. ESPN2
Jan. 8 at Michigan 12:30/3:30 p.m. CBS
Jan. 12 at Purdue 6 p.m. ESPN/2
JAN. 26 INDIANA 8 p.m. ESPN/2
FEB. 4 OHIO STATE 1 p.m. ESPN/2
Feb. 9 at Minnesota 6 p.m. ESPN/2
Feb. 16 at Michigan State 6 p.m. ESPN/2
FEB. 19 PENN STATE 12 p.m. CBS wildcard
Feb. 23 at Iowa 8 p.m. ESPN/2
Feb. 25/26 at Ohio State 3/12 p.m. CBS/ESPN wildcard
MARCH 4 ILLINOIS 3/12 p.m. CBS/ESPN wildcard
All dates and times subject to change All Times Central