FRISCO – The ACU men and women will each play a pair of Southland Conference games on ESPN3 as part of the conference's record 83 broadcast opportunities during the 2013-14 season, the league announced Thursday. Included in the package are 63 men's games and 20 women's games that will be broadcast nationally or regionally.
Included in the television package are national broadcast opportunities for the championship games of the men’s and women’s tournaments. The championship game of the men’s tournament will be televised Saturday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m., CT, on ESPN2, while this year for the first time, the championship game of the women’s tournament will be televised on the CBS Sports Network. That game will be played on Sunday, March 16 at noon.
ACU will host Sam Houston State at Moody Coliseum on Saturday, Jan. 25, in a doubleheader that will be broadcast on ESPN3. The women's game will begin at 1 p.m., followed by the men's game at 3 p.m.
The Wildcats will be back on ESPN3 on Thursday, Feb. 13, when they are in San Antonio for a doubleheader against Incarnate Word. The women's game is set for a 6 p.m.start, followed by the men's game at 8 p.m.
The ACU men's team will be on national or regional television four other times during the season, giving the Wildcats six opportunities to be on regional or national media platforms.
The Wildcats' Nov. 13 game at Maryland will be broadcast regionally on Fox Sports South, while the Nov. 17 game at Iowa will be broadcast on statewide television on Mediacom connections. The Wildcats' Nov. 19 game at TCU will be broadcast regionally on Fox Sports Southwest Plus, and the Nov. 25 game at Xavier will be broadcast to a nationwide television audience on Fox Sports 1.
“We are very pleased to announce the Southland’s largest-ever collection of basketball telecasts in the league’s 51st season,” Southland commissioner Tom Burnett said. “We are excited about more opportunities to present our men’s and women’s teams over so many networks throughout the season, and we appreciate our television partners in our region that have found our product so valuable.”
The men’s broadcast schedule includes 43 national broadcasts, 15 regional broadcasts and another five in syndication. Southland men’s teams will play 20 games on ESPN3 and 11 games on Fox College Sports. League teams will also make national appearances on Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, the Big Ten Network, Pacific-12 Networks and the Longhorn Network.
Comcast SportsNet Houston will televise five men’s basketball games involving Southland teams, which will also play regional games on Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Southwest, Fox Sports Midwest, Fox Sports Kansas City and Cox Sports Television.
Of the 20 women’s games that will be broadcast this season, 15 are available on ESPN3 as well as two each on Fox College Sports and the Longhorn Network in addition to the tournament final on CBS Sports.
ESPN3 enters its second year as the home of the Southland’s primary broadcast package. Coverage includes 12 doubleheaders with women’s and men’s games carried back-to-back.
The Southland Conference Digital Network will stream the first and second rounds of the men’s and women’s tournaments while the semifinals will be available on ESPN3.